Laser skin resurfacing (also known as laser vaporization or lasabrasion) is a method in which ablative lasers are used to treat uneven skin tone, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth and eyes, as well as remove acne scars and dark spots.
Laser skin resurfacing is always performed by a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon by directing – with maximum precision – continuous beams of light at areas of skin presenting these types of imperfections and irregularities. During the skin resurfacing procedure, the ablative lasers will vaporize all damaged skin cells, and after the skin surface heals, it will look rejuvenated.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Before and After
During your consultation, in addition to deciding on the specific areas of your skin you’d like to have the appearance of irregularities and imperfections improved, the doctor will tell you all about your laser skin resurfacing before and after course of treatment: most likely there will be no smoking or taking medications, since they can prolong the healing period.
After having your skin resurfacing procedure, there will be swelling and possible itching, but in almost a week’s time, your skin will dry and peel. There should be no major problems during your healing period, and results should be more than appealing.
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
Fractional laser skin resurfacing is considered the best approach to skin resurfacing, allowing the skin to regenerate and heal faster. The risks and possible side effects involved in having a fractional laser skin resurfacing procedure done are less severe.
CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
CO2 laser skin resurfacing is generally used to reduce the appearance or wrinkles and to treat acne scars with continuous beams of light. CO2 laser skin resurfacing is extremely precise in removing thin layers of skin without damaging the surrounding skin tissue. The recovery period after having a CO2 laser skin resurfacing procedure done lasts up to two to three weeks. You’ll notice that treated skin looks lighter, so always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen, SPF 50 and higher.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Cost
The cost of a laser skin resurfacing can vary from $1000 to $2000 and more, depending on what type of procedure you’re having and on the area you’re planning to treat. What you should always bear in mind is that it is considered a cosmetic procedure: therefore, your medical insurance cannot cover the laser skin resurfacing cost.
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