Laser Skin Resurfacing

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Laser Skin Resurfacing Overview

Laser skin resurfacing has become one of the most common anti-aging procedures. It works by improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars and discoloration of the skin. Popular for its fast recovery time and little bleeding, bruising or discomfort, laser skin resurfacing is typically used for the areas around the eyes and mouth, but is also used for larger areas of the face.

During the laser skin resurfacing procedure, the surgeon moves the laser over the desired area of treatment. The depth of the wrinkle, scar or discoloration determines the repetition of the laser over the skin. The laser applied penetrates and slowly removes the outer layers of skin until an un-affected layer of skin appears. As the skin heals, it rebuilds new skin without the imperfections.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Cosmetic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Cosmetic Surgeons in your area, who specialize in laser skin resurfacing, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations about Laser Skin Resurfacing

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe plastic surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Laser skin resurfacing will result in younger looking facial skin. Younger looking skin may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective plastic surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the plastic surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a plastic surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Laser skin resurfacing involves different techniques. Some plastic surgeons will use different techniques to achieve a successful laser skin resurfacing. You want to make sure that you choose a plastic surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their surgeries by looking at before-and-after pictures. Have the plastic surgeon thoroughly explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your plastic surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the different aspects of laser skin resurfacing:

  • What are the benefits of laser skin resurfacing?
  • How long does this procedure take?
  • What are the costs involved in this procedure?
  • How much pain is involved?
  • How long will recovery take?
  • What techniques will be used?

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Laser Skin Resurfacing Surgeon. If you already have surgeon in mind, our patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery

During recovery, it is advised to keep your skin moist with protective creams and ointments. Once the new skin is formed, which may take one to two weeks, you will be allowed to use cosmetics to cover up the redness.

It is possible for the skin to remain red or pink for up to 9 months after your laser skin resurfacing procedure. Limiting sun exposure and using sun block for up to a year afterwards is recommended, since your skin may become sensitive to sunlight.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Risks

Any surgical procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications, infection, and adverse reaction to the anesthesia. Laser skin resurfacing can be a lengthy procedure, which increases the risks of complications from anesthesia. Make sure your plastic surgeon addresses all of your questions and concerns to your satisfaction.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your plastic surgeon about the following risks:

  • What are the most frequent risks involved with this procedure?
  • How long will the redness and swelling last?
  • Is it possible to have scarring after this procedure?
  • What steps can I take if I am unhappy with the results?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with laser skin resurfacing nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every treatment carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Laser Hair Removal

Laser skin resurfacing results are long term. Patients notice a change in the quality and look of their skin, along with an even skin tone, reduced brown spots and overall redness, an improvement in skin texture and minimized wrinkles and acne scars.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon, therefore all of our Cosmetic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Laser Skin Resurfacing Surgeons in your area, who specialize in laser skin resurfacing, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.