Laser Skin Resurfacing


Laser Skin Resurfacing Cosmetic Laser Skin Resurfacing is a treatment used to remove damaged, unevenly pigmented, or wrinkled skin, layer by layer.  Lasers are some of the most effective, non-invasive tools available for fighting wrinkles. The laser most often used in Laser Skin Resurfacing treatments is a carbon dioxide laser (CO2).

Laser Skin Resurfacing is also good at treating acne, and it's a great way to develop firmer, smoother skin.  When your outer, unhealthy layer of skin is removed, it stimulates your body to form new skin cells.  Your body is forced to create natural beautiful skin. CO2 lasers are the most power lasers for Laser Skin Resurfacing, and are used for deeper wrinkles. 

CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing might be unsafe for those who have had silicone injections, as the lasers can burn and scar the skin around those areas.  A gentler alternative is the YAG laser, effective generally on milder wrinkles.  While not as powerful, the YAG is much more accurate than the CO2 and causes the surrounding tissues less damage. 

Whichever laser you choose, Laser Skin Resurfacing does have its limitations and those with severe scarring may need to combine it with other skin rejuvenation techniques to achieve their ideal results.

Typical Minimum Cost of Laser Skin Resurfacing (based on national averages):
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Typical Maximum Cost of Laser Skin Resurfacing (based on national averages):
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National Average Cost of Laser Skin Resurfacing:
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Time Required for Laser Skin Resurfacing:
Anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour to perform laser skin resurfacing. Time requirements depend on the extent of the work needed.
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Is Laser Skin Resurfacing an InPatient or OutPatient Procedure?
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What are the Side Effects of Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Side effects of laser skin resurfacing include temporary redness, crustiness, mild swelling, and sensitivity to sun.
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How Long do Laser Skin Resurfacing results last?
Laser skin resurfacing results can take several months to completely develop, though improvements will be apparent once the redness dissipates. Once the final results appear, they are very long-lasting, but not permanent. The skin is still susceptible to the elements, aging, and gravity.
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What is the recovery time for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Day 1-7 Patients, if needed, sometimes return home with a bandage over the treated area and wear it for about a week.

Day 10 After laser skin resurfacing, it should take you about 10 days to recover from crusting.

Day 14 Expect to return to work about 2 weeks after surgery and makeup can usually be safely applied by then to cover any redness.

Note**After laser skin resurfacing, recovery from redness and pinkishness can take several weeks, and usually no longer than about 6 months
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Will my insurance company cover Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Because of the cosmetic nature of laser skin resurfacing, insurance is usually not involved.
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Is there much discomfort for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
After laser skin resurfacing, discomfort may be mildly felt, and easily controlled with oral pain medication and the application of ice packs.
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What types of anesthesia is necessary for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
The laser skin resurfacing anesthesia of choice is usually local with IV sedation. General anesthesia may be used as well, usually for more extensive treatments.
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What else can I combine Laser Skin Resurfacing with?
For enhanced results, laser skin resurfacing may be combined with:

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What else is Laser Skin Resurfacing referred to as?
Laser Peel
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