The skin of the face is much more delicate in nature than the skin covering the rest of the body. Over time, age, environmental factors, sun damage, and stress begin to show their effects on the skin. Laser resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure used to rejuvenate the appearance of the facial skin by reducing the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, acne scars, uneven skin tone, and skin irregularities. “Laser” stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Laser resurfacing procedures direct short, concentrated pulsating beams of light on specific areas of the facial skin to treat specific skin cells. Because the light is specifically concentrated, it is able to change only the skin being treated, not harming the surrounding or underlying tissues.
Both men and women are good candidates for laser resurfacing. The only patients that laser resurfacing is not recommended for are those with severe acne and those with very dark skin. Severe acne is often made worse by aggravating the skin, causing acne to spread or to leave scars. Different procedures are needed to specifically treat acne successfully before laser resurfacing is recommended. Those with very dark skin often face the chance that light patches or skin irregularities will be left behind after treatment. Those with very dark skin need specific care to ensure that the proper results are achieved.
Laser resurfacing is often requested for those who wish to rejuvenate their facial appearance without going under the knife. Done as an outpatient procedure, laser resurfacing takes anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours depending on how much skin surface is being treated. Patients are given specific anesthesia during the procedure to reduce discomfort, and are then given specific instructions for at-home care once the procedure is complete. It is vital that patients follow these instructions carefully to prevent scabs and scars from occurring.
Of course, as with all cosmetic procedures, your results will depend on the expertise of your doctor. Dr. Maurice Khosh has the skills and reputation that prove his expertise of being a renown facial cosmetic surgeon. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation regarding laser resurfacing. Dr. Khosh wants to help you feel and look your best.