What is Laser Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing can be used to combat many signs of aging and skin damage, including wrinkles, lines, scars, sun damage, dark spots (hyperpigmentation), large pores, and more. Breakthroughs in laser technology now allow surgeons even more control of the laser for precision in the most delicate areas.
Who is a Candidate?
Patients who have sun damaged skin, lines or wrinkles, irregular changes in skin colors or scars can often benefit from laser resurfacing. However, those with active acne, deep wrinkles, very dark skin, or sagging skin may not be good candidates. To determine if this treatment can benefit you, an in-person consultation with Dr. Sweat or a member of his staff is the first step.
Depending on your skin type, the area being treated, and your desired outcomes, your surgeon may choose from one of a combination of carbon dioxide lasers, Erbium: YAG lasers, or Variable Pulse Erbium Lasers.
Before treatment, you will be given eye protectors to shield your eyes from the laser light. Topical and local anesthesia is often used in combination and if a deep resurfacing is planned, IV sedation is often used. During a laser resurfacing procedure, the laser will direct short, targeted pulses of light at the treatment areas. The laser will remove the outermost layer of the skin, or the epidermis. The underlying skin will simultaneously be heated, stimulating the production of collagen for smoother, healthier, more youthful-looking skin.
Following your laser resurfacing treatment, protective ointments may be applied to the skin, as well as dressings or bandages. Some discomfort may occur, which can be controlled with pain medication. Redness and swelling may also be present. Recovery will depend on the depth of the treatment, with deeper treatments requiring more downtime than lighter treatments. Following Dr. Sweat’s post-op instructions can ensure a safe and quick recovery.