Laser skin resurfacing is used to rejuvenate aging skin and erase photodamage or sun exposure that leave patients with wrinkles and blotchy pigmentation. Dr. Deniz Gerecci our facial plastic surgeon, evaluates each patient based on their sun exposure history, skin type, and degree of skin damage. She tailors treatment for each individual patient to minimize the risks while accomplishing an effective result.
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AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR LASER SKIN RESURFACING?
Good candidates for laser skin resurfacing generally include individuals who have one or more of the following aesthetic concerns:
fine lines and wrinkles of the face
deep furrows and wrinkles of the face
areas of facial redness
areas of hyperpigmentation or spots
HOW IS LASER SKIN RESURFACING PERFORMED?
There are various laser technologies available. Depending on the area treated and depth of resurfacing, most procedures can be performed in the office with the aid of topical anesthetic creams. For patients with more pronounced skin damage and wrinkling, a deeper sedation or general anesthetic will be required. Laser skin resurfacing is an outpatient procedure.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER LASER SKIN RESURFACING
The amount of downtime associated with laser skin resurfacing will depend on the depth of treatment. More superficial or mild laser resurfacing patients typically have minimal downtime. Medium depth laser resurfacing patients can expect 5-7 days of recovery, while deep laser treatment patients will have 8-12 days of downtime. The morning after the deep laser treatments, Dr. Gerecci will see the patient in clinic and check all treated areas. Dependent on the depth of treatment, the patient may experience tightness to the face, skin discomfort similar to a sunburn, and facial swelling. To optimize the results, individuals should use cool compresses, keep the head elevated, and continue with local wound care measures until the skin has completely healed. We ask patients traveling from out of town to stay for routine checks during this time period.
ARE THERE ALTERNATIVES TO LASER SKIN RESURFACING?
While the procedure is personalized to address each patient’s unique needs, laser skin resurfacing may not be ideal for some patients, including those who have a darker skin tone. If Dr. Gerecci determines in a consultation that you may not benefit from laser treatment, he may be able to offer other surgical and non-surgical options that can rejuvenate the skin. Chemical peels are available in multiple depths, depending on the extent of your concerns, and are generally deemed appropriate for many skin tones. Microneedling with or without PRP or exosomes is another alternative that may be recommended.
SCHEDULE YOUR LASER SKIN RESURFACING CONSULTATION TODAY
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation for your laser skin resurfacing or a cosmetic skin care consult with Dr. Gerecci. She can let you know if a laser skin resurfacing is the right choice for you and can recommend additional or alternative procedures and treatments to help you reach your goals.