Laser resurfacing can improve the appearance of your skin, treat facial cosmetic blemishes, and vanquish wrinkles. The procedure gently removes outer, damaged layers of skin, allowing younger, undamaged skin to take its place. Advanced laser skin treatments can have dramatic results, giving you a smoother, more youthful appearance. Dr. Leif O. Nordberg can evaluate your skin and cosmetic goals to determine whether a laser resurfacing treatment at our Stamford, CT, office is right for you.
Candidates for Treatment
Laser resurfacing can treat a range of cosmetic blemishes, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Lines around the mouth and crow's feet
- Acne scars
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Traumatic/surgical scars
- Other skin lesions (e.g. Xanthelasma)
If you have active acne, you may also need additional treatments. It is also important to let Dr. Nordberg know if you suffer from cold sores, as the treatment can cause new outbreaks. In addition, patients with fairer skin are able to achieve the best results, although all skin types can benefit from Sciton laser treatments. Lasers can result in post-treatment pigmentation issues with darker skin tones, so an experienced physician like Dr. Nordberg is important.
Your Laser Resurfacing Procedure
Laser resurfacing is non-invasive and gentle enough that it can usually be performed under local anesthesia. The procedure involves directing laser energy into various depths of the skin. This light will cause upper, damaged layers of skin to dry and peel after treatment. The heat from the laser can also stimulate collagen production in the deeper layers of your skin, which is why it works for wrinkles and scars. As collagen increases over the next few weeks, your skin can grow firmer and more youthful. The entire procedure will usually take between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the size of the treatment area. In some cases, you may need multiple treatments to address more significant skin blemishes. The laser can be applied to make tiny holes in skin (Profractional) or to remove larger areas of tissue (total resurfacing laser). The new collagen production that causes tightening continues for up to 6 months following treatment.
Because laser resurfacing promotes natural healing and collagen production, your results can last for years.
Recovery and Results
Immediately after laser resurfacing, your skin will be somewhat red and inflamed. Many patients compare recovery from laser resurfacing to the experience of a moderate sunburn. As with a sunburn, your skin will start to dry and peel, and you may experience some stinging and itching. We will prescribe topical ointments to soothe irritation and promote faster healing. You will also need to clean and treat your skin multiple times a day to avoid scabbing.
Dr. Nordberg and his experienced staff can perform laser resurfacing at varying depths. The more tissue removed, the longer your recovery will be, but the better the results. In most cases, you will be able to return to you normal activities within two weeks. Following your procedure, your skin may remain pink for several weeks, but you may wear oil-free makeup to hide any redness. You will also need to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen and avoid direct sunlight to protect your newer, more sensitive skin.
After your skin has healed, you can enjoy the significant effects of laser resurfacing, with smoother, more even, and supple skin. In addition, because the treatment promotes natural healing and collagen production, your results can last for years. Laser resurfacing is often combined with surgical procedures like facelift or eyelid lift to enhance results. One of the exciting new advances is the addition of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to laser treated skin particularly for acne scarring and facial rejuvenation.
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