Learn about Laser Skin Resurfacing at Savannah Facial Plastic Surgery
Laser skin resurfacing is used to reduce the appearance of a wide variety of skin issues, including the following:
- Liver spots
- Skin damaged by sun/age
- Scars from chicken pox/acne
- Enlarged pores
- Wrinkles/fine lines beneath the eyes, around the mouth, and on the forehead
IS LASER SKIN RESURFACING RIGHT FOR ME?
Ideal candidates for laser skin resurfacing are interested in treating their skin irregularities with an effective non-surgical treatment. For those with extremely dark skin or very deep wrinkles, laser skin resurfacing may not be the best choice.
PREPARING FOR LASER SKIN RESURFACING
Your doctor will ask you questions regarding your medical history in order to get a better idea about whether or not the procedure is right for you. He will inquire about any medications that you might be taking, along with any cosmetic procedures you have had in the past. The doctor will then examine the areas to be treated and your skin.
You will need to arrange for a ride home after your treatment. Your doctor will also ask you to avoid unprotected exposure to the sun until your skin fully heals from the treatment.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE PROCEDURE
The surgeon will start a succession of skin treatments to prepare your skin for the procedure. They usually start six weeks or more before your laser resurfacing. The treatments are done to ensure that you get the best results and to minimize complications.
Anesthesia will be administered in order to ensure a comfortable and pain-free treatment. The strength of the anesthesia depends on the extent of laser resurfacing required on the skin. Sedatives will be given to help you relax.
Your face will be cleaned thoroughly and you will be given eye protection to safeguard against the laser.
- Laser resurfacing
Two types of lasers can be used for resurfacing:
- CO2 Laser Resurfacing
CO2 lasers are powerful. They deliver short, fluctuating light energy or continuous light energy. The energy removes the fine layers of the skin with minimal damage to the surrounding areas.
- Erbium Laser Resurfacing
Erbium lasers are used to removing wrinkles and deep and superficial lines on the face. They can be used on your face, neck, hands, and chest.
AFTER YOUR RESURFACING TREATMENT
After the completion of laser resurfacing, the surgeon will apply a specific dressing to protect the areas that have been exposed to the laser. You will experience slight redness, along with a degree of itching and swelling.
To make sure you get the best of the treatment, carefully clean the treated areas with a saline or diluted vinegar solution. Use protective skin care products and treatments to help your skin heal. The doctor will recommend the right products for use. Make sure to apply sunscreen every day after the skin heals.
You will be asked to elevate your head while sleeping. This can be done with the help of pillows. Ice packs can be used to ease discomfort.
GET STARTED WITH YOUR LASER SKIN RESURFACING
Contact our office to find out more about laser skin resurfacing treatment. You’ll be able to meet with Dr. Minton, a skilled and experienced double-board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, for an informative consultation.