Laser Facial Resurfacing smooths the face and fine wrinkles as well as acne scars using a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser device that treats layers of damaged skin, allowing a fresh layer to become the new surface. This procedure also softens lines around the eyes and mouth and minimizes facial scars and uneven pigmented areas. The duration of results is long lasting, but does not stop aging. New wrinkles and expression lines may form as skin ages.
Laser Facial Resurfacing is usually an outpatient procedure that can last anywhere from a few minutes to 1 hour.
Anesthesia is often a local with sedation, or in some cases general anesthesia may be recommended. Temporary swelling, discomfort and lightening of treated skin can be expected. Also, some patients have experienced acute sun sensitivity, increased sensitivity to makeup and pinkness or redness in skin that may persist for up to 6 months.
Our patients are usually back to work in 2 weeks but should avoid strenuous activities for 4 to 6 weeks. The complete fading of redness takes 6 months or less. Return of pigmentation/Light sun exposure: 6 to 12 months.
Side Effects & Risks
Side Effects: Temporary swelling, discomfort. Lightening of treated skin. Acute sun sensitivity. Increased sensitivity to makeup. Pinkness or redness in skin that may persist for up to 6 months.
Risks: Burns or injuries caused by laser heat. Scarring. Abnormal changes in skin color. Flare-up of viral infections (“cold sores”) and other infections (rare).