Take years off your skin
Damaged skin and wrinkles whether caused by age, sun exposure, heredity, lifestyle or acne can be improved with laser skin resurfacing. Laser resurfacing removes layers of skin thereby revealing a new, younger looking layer of skin underneath.
Laser Resurfacing Procedure
The laser can be used on the entire face or specific areas. Skin color is not necessarily a barrier to treatment, though skin thickness and texture may determine whether you are a good candidate for laser resurfacing. The laser produces a tightening effect on the skin which can be beneficial when used on the lower eye lid.
If you are having other facial cosmetic surgery such as a facelift or eyelid surgery you may be able to have laser skin resurfacing at the same time.
Dr. Rosen will assess your skin type and the extent to which you have sun damage, uneven pigmentation and skin imperfections since fine lines and deeper wrinkling or depressions will require different approaches to treatment.
The effect of laser skin resurfacing using a carbon dioxide (CO2) or erbium YAG laser is similar to the results obtained using chemical peels and dermabrasion. The laser, however, removes skin layers by vaporization rather than with chemicals or sanding.
The risks of laser resurfacing are few but include infection or abnormal healing. If you have had allergic reactions or herpes, skin resurfacing can cause a recurrence of these conditions. Some patients form raised or thickened scars following the laser resurfacing procedure. This response can be unpredictable.
Following laser skin resurfacing, you must avoid sun exposure until the redness of your skin has gone. In fact, it is better to avoid the harmful effects of the sun permanently with sun block and head coverings.
A scab may or may not form over the treated skin but you will be advised about this and cleansing your skin by our staff.
Camouflage makeup can be used within two weeks of laser resurfacing and you should be able to return to work within a week to ten days.
For more information about plastic surgeon Rick Rosen or our plastic surgery procedures, including laser skin resurfacing, please e-mail or call our Connecticut plastic surgery staff at 203-899-0000.