Laser resurfacing treats very fine wrinkles, minor skin blemishes and mild to moderate sun damage. It is not recommended for deep wrinkles, sagging or excess skin, nor is it a substitute for more invasive procedures such as facelifts. Lasers work best as an adjunct to other facial rejuvenation procedures.
How does laser resurfacing work? – Laser resurfacing- helps remove the outer layers of the skin, and stimulates new collagen production by the dermis. After the older, damaged wrinkled skin peels off, the remaining deeper dermis then regenerates. The result is a smoother, younger looking appearance to the skin.
Is the procedure performed in the office? – Dr. Brown performs laser resurfacing in the clinic or office operating suite. Sometimes it can be performed in conjunction with another procedure, and Dr. Brown will discuss your options with you during the consultation.
How long does it take to work and how long does it last? – Laser resurfacing begins to work immediately. It takes about two weeks, however, for the outer layers of skin to completely “peel” off and for the redness to go away. As long as you stay out of the sun and wear lots of sunscreen, use a good skin moisturizer, and avoid smoking, the results of the peel can last for many years.
Will I need to take medication before the procedure? – Yes, you will be prescribed and antibiotic and an antiviral medication two days prior to the procedure. You will be expected to continue taking the medications after the procedure for about one week. These medications are used to protect you from infections.
After Procedure Care
Will I look like a different person? – Laser resurfacing will not change your physical appearance, but will give your skin a more youthful and healthy appearance.
What do I have to do after laser resurfacing? – It is important to keep your face clean after laser resurfacing by washing it with a gentle cleanser. When the skin is clean and dry, you will need to apply moisturizers, which Dr. Brown will recommend. It is very important to avoid direct sun exposure to the face for several weeks following the peel.
What if I have a problem? When should I call the office? – We always welcome calls from patients. If you have any concerns at any time, please feel free to contact our office. If it is an emergency, the answering service is available 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays.