Laser skin resurfacing removes the initial layer of the skin to reveal healthier looking skin beneath. Generally, laser skin resurfacing combats facial wrinkling and treats pigmentation problems and acne scarring. Many candidates for laser skin resurfacing suffer from the effects of aging, sun exposure, and hereditary and lifestyle factors, and look at laser skin resurfacing as a way to combat their skin problems.
Prior to laser skin resurfacing treatment, you and the surgeon will discuss your skin type and desired outcome to decide if laser skin resurfacing is right for you.
The plastic surgeon will most likely use a carbon dioxide laser to perform the laser skin resurfacing, vaporizing skin layers and treating wrinkles, blotchiness, age spots, and scars. Immediately following your treatment, your skin may be red and swollen, and the new skin exposed by laser skin resurfacing should be protected from sun exposure.