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Laser Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation
Laser Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation is a common procedure used for the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tones and patchy textures around the mouth, eyes and forehead area. The treatment is designed to precisely remove problematic skin, layer-by-layer, in order to reveal a fresh layer of healthy skin underneath. Predictable, visibly effective results often make Laser Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation a popular choice over chemical peels and dermabrasion. The treatment is also used for the reduction of acne scars, and other types of facial imperfections or pigmentation discolorations.
DESCRIPTION OF TREATMENT
Laser Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation can be performed with a CO2, Erbium, Fractional or Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL). A trained provider can decide which approach is more suitable for certain skin conditions. For example, a CO2 Laser is more aggressive, and can treat deeper facial lines and scars. Recovery times may be more intense, but the results are generally more effective. Erbium, PDLs and Fractional Lasers involve less downtime, and are commonly used for mild acne scars, superficial lines and wrinkles.
During a Laser Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation procedure, a hand-held device delivers the laser light energy over the area to be treated. Depending on the aggressiveness of the system used, the laser will either vaporize a layer of tissue to promote new growth, or coagulate microscopic zones of tissue to stimulate collagen production.
A typical Laser Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation procedure can last up to an hour, yet individual lengths of time can vary with the type of system used, and the size of the area being treated. Topical, local or general anesthetics are often given prior to the procedure when more aggressive systems are used. Recovery times also vary. With most skin resurfacing treatments, a non-stick dressing is provided, as well as an antibiotic cream to minimize the risk of infection.
Multiple Laser Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation treatments are generally required for optimal results when deeper wrinkles and scars are evident. This treatment is not designed to completely remove wrinkles and scars, but is designed to reduce the appearance of them.
Side effects of Laser Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation typically include redness, varying from a light to bad sunburn, with additional swelling following the procedure. These transient effects are considered normal, and subside in accordance to the aggressiveness of the laser system chosen. Ice pack applications can help minimize these responses directly after the treatment. A drying and peeling of the skin will usually occur after the procedure as the skin continues to heal. Some scabbing may be apparent, which also depends on the aggressiveness of the laser system. In rare instances, hyperpigmentation (a darkening of the skin) or hypopigmentation (a lightening of the skin) may occur in treated areas. Bleaching creams may be required to minimize the appearance of hyperpigmented areas that do not resolve on their own.
Laser Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation treatments are FDA approved. Patients are advised to research the experience, training and references of any provider before treatment begins.
The cost of Laser Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation can range from $1000-$5000 for each individual procedure. These prices are greatly affected by the severity and location of the treated area, as well as the provider.