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Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Several factors can contribute to aging skin. Sun exposure, pollutants, heredity and various lifestyle habits can cause facial scarring, lines, wrinkles and skin pigmentation. Although you may display some cosmetic imperfections on your skin, it’s not impossible to reduce their severity. You have several treatment options to consider that can help you regain a smooth and clear skin texture.

Laser skin resurfacing is one method that removes surface layers of skin that have become prone to facial aging. With a single laser treatment, you can reduce the blotches, wrinkles and lines that are making you feel older.

How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?

Laser skin resurfacing involves a high-energy laser that emits light deep into the dermal layer of skin. When stimulated, the dermis will begin to produce collagen, a protein that is responsible for providing structure to the skin. Collagen also contains healing properties that aid in skin cell turnover.

Due to the intensity of the laser light, the surface layers of skin will begin to peel away, prompting collagen to assist in producing newer, more youthful skin cells. Smooth and firm layers of skin form over time, allowing you to look younger.

Laser skin resurfacing is successfully used to treat:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead lines
  • Smile lines
  • Mild acne scars
  • Pigmentation
  • Some skin disorders

The procedure is effective for healthy, lighter skin types and is useful for several treatment areas at once. Dr. Williams or his nurse Nicole can help you determine the optimal regions to treat.

Is Laser Skin Resurfacing Right for You?

Receiving laser therapy is an excellent way to rejuvenate your appearance without undergoing surgery, and you should know what to expect when you decide to receive treatment.

Depending on your degree of facial aging and your cosmetic goals, laser treatment may only be needed in an isolated area. It is possible, however, for skin resurfacing to treat the entire face. Usually, the procedure lasts between one and two hours and begins with the application of a topical anesthetic for your comfort.

Laser skin resurfacing uses technology to help your session achieve the most precise results. The energy from the laser is adjustable depending on the treatment area and depth of skin, making your procedure highly accurate without causing unnecessary harm to surrounding tissues.

After your procedure, Nicole will apply ointment to your skin and provide you with aftercare instructions that detail how to tend to your skin as it heals. Within the first few days, you should apply ointment regularly after cleaning the treatment area.

Although you may continue to experience some redness, you can begin using cosmetics after two weeks of receiving treatment. Other side effects include swelling and itching that may last for the first few days and crusting and peeling of the skin that may last for two to three weeks.

Your recovery from laser treatment will be gradual, but the results are known to last for several years. For more information about laser skin resurfacing or to find out if the procedure is right for you, contact Dr. Williams at 702-259-3223 and schedule a consultation.