Of the many innovative procedures being introduced to the field of cosmetic surgery, Laser Skin Resurfacing has been one of the most popular. The lasers we use can help to rejuvenate the skin and reduce and reverse the effects of sun damage and a variety of other conditions. This is achieved by stimulating cells in connective tissue called fibroblasts which produce collagen and elastin. It’s these proteins and tissues that give the skin a younger, fresher look. Because it is a procedure that may not be as familiar to patients you might have a number of questions about whether it’s the right fit for you.
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
What the laser does is dissolve the molecular bonds of skin cells on the top layers of the skin by concentrating short pulses of light which remove imperfections and damaged skin cells in the process. By the procedure’s end the skin is left smoother and more uniform, rejuvenated due to the laser’s anti-aging benefits. Resurfacing works to treat facial wrinkles and irregularities such as blemishes or scars left behind by acne or sun damage. The lasers used by our surgeons, the SMARTXIDE Deka CO2 accomplishes this with very minimal heat damage. Recovery often takes less than a week and improvement is visible within two weeks. Most improvement is seen after additional treatments and appears most significantly between three to six months after the initial procedure.
Am I Good Candidate?
Laser Skin Resurfacing can work wonders in restoring a youthful glow to patients, reducing the visibility of pesky lines, wrinkles, scars, and discoloration, but unfortunately it’s not the best match for every skin tone. Some patients with certain skin types, skin tones, or medical conditions may be predisposed to adverse side effects. A consultation with one of our surgeons will be sufficient enough to determine whether or not you’d make a suitable candidate. Resurfacing tends to be more challenging for patients with more glaring skin imperfections as the side effects are liable to amplify in these situations. Patients taking medications such as Acutane that alters the chemistry of the skin can also be at a higher risk of unwanted side effects.
What Does Recovery Look Like?
With the treatment we have at Jefferson Facial Plastics patients can expect to recover in about a week, adding or subtracting a few days depending on the individual’s circumstances. It’s normal to have a little bit of swelling for the next day or two which is easily treatable with an icepack and medication if necessary. Daily application of moisturizer is recommended to keep the skin from getting too dry. You’ll likely be able to return to work only five to six days after the initial procedure.
Give Us a Call!
As always if you have any burning questions regarding Laser Skin Resurfacing, whether it’s about what to expect through each stage of the process or if you’d be the ideal candidate, call us to schedule a preliminary consultation and we’ll put in touch with our excellent surgeons. For more information, check out our website! Call us today at 215-503-FACE. We look forward to meeting with you!