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Laser Skin Resurfacing

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What Is Cosmetic Skin Resurfacing?

Cosmetic Skin Resurfacing is a surgical procedure that removes the uppermost layer of the skin with the CO2 laser. Unlike other means used previously, the CO2 laser, combined with computer control can remove thin layers of skin to a controlled depth, enabling new skin to heal and regenerate without any scarring. The deeper layers of that skin treated by the CO2 laser, containing collagen and elastic layer is stimulated to form a more organized, thicker and healthier layer. It is collagen and elastin that gives our skin its smooth, healthy and, youthful texture. As we age and are exposed to the damaging rays of the sun, smoking and our genetic predisposition to aging, collagen in our skin degenerates and wrinkles form. New collagen formations resulting from the laser resurfacing smooth the wrinkles and restore a youthful appearance to our skin when it heals. Years of age-related changes and sun damage are literally wiped away with the CO2 laser.

What Type Of Wrinkles Can The CO2 Laser Improve?

The CO2 laser very effectively removes fine wrinkles around the entire face up to the jaw line. Eyes, mouth such crow's feet and those unsightly vertical lip lines, wrinkles above the upper lip. Very deep furrows do soften. The CO2 laser can improve pigmentation, age spots, acne scars and pits, and a wide variety of other blemishes with very pleasing results. To some extent it can tighten lax upper eyelids and baggy lower lids, which compliment other procedures.

What Happens After Cosmetic Skin Resurfacing, and the healing process?

The first few days after the procedure, patient experiences mild to moderate pain and swelling of the face. It is easily controlled by medication and local skin care. It is advisable to remain home during this time after which you can resume normal activities. The first week requires the constant application of ointment such as Vaseline, antibiotic ointment to the resurfaced area to keep the skin moist and prevent crusting. After one week, the new skin is back covering the resurfaced area; make-up can be applied over the treated area. The new skin is red. This redness gradually improves over time. Post-operative redness in the treated area generally persists for four to six weeks after surgery, although it can last up to three months. The final results of the treatment are usually evident after three months.

Risks of Cosmetic Skin Resurfacing

Cosmetic Skin Resurfacing is a very safe and complications are rare when done properly. Infection and scarring pigmentation changes are potential risks persistence of redness for several months are the most common postoperative problems. This can be treated as will, eventually will resolve most cases, even without treatment. Darkening of the treated area is commonly due to sun exposure and will require treatment with skin care and peels. Decreased pigmentation is difficult to reverse.

Can Laser Resurfacing be Repeated?

Wrinkles, or acne scars and craters, too deep for complete removal initially can be retreated after about six months.

How Long Do The Effects of Cosmetic Skin Resurfacing Last?

Although, no one knows at this time for sure, we expect that the effects of this treatment are quite permanent especially in the deep layers of the skin. The beneficial effects should last for many years depending on how well you care for your skin and keep it from the damaging effects of the sun. Maintenance skin care program is very important to keep up with the aging process, and maintain the results.

Is The Procedure Expensive?

We pride ourselves on making Cosmetic Surgery affordable for anyone. However the price of the procedure depends on the area resurfaced.

During the first consultation, we will discuss your goals and how to achieve them. We also will discuss the financial aspect in details with you.