In order to look younger and more beautiful, women and men have employed a wide variety of methods to try to create smoother, firmer skin. One of the most recent tools in this quest is the use of lasers to remove wrinkles, skin imperfections and turn back the clock on aging.
Lasers are pretty amazing for rejuvenating the skin and they are a big improvement over older, alternative methods that caused more discomfort. Lasers harness a short, powerful beam of light that can be focused on small areas of irregular skin. The laser actually removes unwanted, damaged skin in a very precise manner – one layer at a time. And today’s lasers are both gentle and safe compared with the first generation of laser technology.
Some of the most common uses of laser resurfacing are treatment of minor facial flaws, such as:
• Removal of fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes, forehead or mouth
• Elimination of facial scars such as those caused by acne or chickenpox
• Repair of aged or sun-damaged skin
• Help non-elastic skin tighten more quickly after a face or neck lift
• Erase liver spots, warts or age spots
• Reduce the appearance of birth marks or other skin discoloration
• Can shrink large pores or oil glands
• Improve the complexion and restore a better skin tone
According to Dr. Dominic Castellano, a facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, Florida, laser skin resurfacing is an effective way to treat imperfections of the skin. “The laser can treat problems both in the top layer of the skin (epidermis), as well as in the dermis, the deeper layer of skin. As the skin heals, collagen in the skin is remodeled. This produces tightening of the skin and a smoother, healthier, and overall more youthful appearance.”
One of the biggest benefits of laser resurfacing over microdermabrasion or a chemical peel is that there is virtually no trauma to the surrounding areas and no bleeding. So the recovery time is less than with these other more invasive methods. The recuperation will vary from patient to patient and depends on the size of the area treated and depth of the laser therapy. For full facial resurfacing, the general recovery time is about a week to 10 days for the skin to heal. The skin will remain pink (like a sunburn) for several months as the skin growth continues but this can be covered by make-up to hide the redness.
If you have fine lines or wrinkles around your eyes, mouth or forehead, scars from acne, or non-responsive skin after a facelift, then you may be a good candidate for laser treatment. To learn more about laser skin resurfacing and find out if your condition can be improved by this procedure, check with a well-qualified facial plastic surgeon. Better yet, schedule a complimentary consultation at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery.