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:
Laser Used for Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment
At Warmuth Institute of Dermatology, 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 at Warmuth Institute of Dermatology
If you are interested in laser skin resurfacing treatment, please contact Warmuth Institute of Dermatology at (856) 358-1500 to schedule a consultation.
You would not be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing if you have active acne.
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.
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.
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.
As with any medical procedure, there are potential complications. For laser skin resurfacing, some of those may include:
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.
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.
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.
Yes, laser skin resurfacing can be done alone or with other cosmetic procedures for the face.