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Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that uses a laser to rejuvenate the skin and is an alternative to dermabrasion or chemical peel. Laser skin resurfacing improves the appearance of skin or treats minor facial flaws by precisely injuring the skin in a controlled manner. This controlled injury stimulates the skin to repair itself, causing new collagen formation and evens out pigmentation. The new skin that forms during healing gives the skin a tighter, brighter, and younger-looking surface.

Laser skin resurfacing is most effective in treating:

  • Acne Scars
  • Age Spots
  • Crow’s Feet
  • Crepey Eyelids
  • Sagging Skin
  • Scars
  • Sun-Damaged Skin
  • Wrinkles

Laser Used for Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment

Our providers use a fractionated Erbium ablative laser for laser skin resurfacing. It is utilized to rejuvenate the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation irregularities, acne scars, sun-damaged skin, and other skin conditions. 

Laser Skin Resurfacing Services in Elmer, NJ

If you are interested in laser skin resurfacing treatment, please contact Warmuth Institute of Dermatology (a part of Schweiger Dermatology Group) at (856) 358-1500 to schedule a consultation.

Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs

Who would not be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing?

You would not be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing if you have active acne.

What can you expect during your laser skin resurfacing consultation?

During your consultation, your provider will review your medical history, conduct a physical exam, and discuss your expectations. If you have a history of herpes infections, an antiviral medication will be prescribed for you to take before and after treatment to prevent viral infection. An oral antibiotic may be prescribed to prevent bacterial infection.

How should you prepare for laser skin resurfacing?

Before you have the treatment, you should avoid any excessive sun exposure a week or so before and after treatment. Additionally, for 10 days before surgery, you should avoid taking any medication or supplements such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or vitamin E, as they can affect clotting unless prescribed for you by your doctor.  If you smoke, you should stop for 2 weeks before and after the procedure, as smoking can prolong healing.

Is laser skin resurfacing painful?

Laser resurfacing may cause some mild discomfort, but medication is often given to help the patient relax during the procedure. Topical anesthetics may be used to reduce discomfort.

Are there any complications associated with laser skin resurfacing?

As with any medical procedure, there are potential complications. For laser skin resurfacing, some of those may include:

  • Swelling
  • Burning sensation
  • Itching
  • Scarring
  • Pigmentation issues
  • Infection
  • Bumps due to obstruction of sweat glands

What can you expect after laser skin resurfacing treatment?

After treatment, a dressing is applied to the treated area. You will be required to rinse or soak the area, apply ointment, and reapply a new dressing to the treated area after the first 24 hours and then daily after that. 

After laser skin resurfacing, swelling is normal. It is also normal to feel tightness, itching, or stinging for 12 to 72 hours after the procedure. Within 2 to 3 days after treatment, your skin will become dry and peel. Depending on the depth of the skin resurfacing, healing may take 7 to 10 days.

When can you wear make-up again after laser skin resurfacing treatment?

You may wear oil-free make-up after the skin heals. Make-up will help to minimize redness, which usually fades in 1 to 3 weeks. 

How long does the laser skin resurfacing treatment take?

For a partial treatment–treating wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, or forehead–the procedure takes 30 to 45 minutes. For a full-face treatment, the procedure can take up to 1-2 hours.

Can laser skin resurfacing treatment be done with other procedures?

Yes, laser skin resurfacing can be done alone or with other cosmetic procedures for the face.

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