If you have blotches, scars, wrinkles or lines on your face, you may want to consider laser skin resurfacing. This safe and effective technique uses focused beams of light to remove surface skin, which then prompts new skin cells to form. The result – skin with a tighter, younger looking surface. Read on to learn more about this revolutionary non-surgical skin treatment.
How to Prepare
Before you undergo laser skin resurfacing, you will need to:
- Stop smoking for at least two weeks prior to and after the procedure, as smoking can inhibit proper healing.
- Advise your doctor if you get cold sores or fever blisters around your mouth, as laser skin resurfacing can prompt breakouts in patients who experience these often.
- Abstain from medication like aspirin or ibuprofen for least one week prior to treatment, as these can interfere with clotting.
What to Expect
The laser skin resurfacing procedure takes 30 to 45 minutes when it is done on small areas on the face; it can take up to two hours for a full-face treatment. Depending on how much of your face is being treated, you will either receive a local anesthetic for small jobs or general anesthesia for a complete face treatment.
Once the procedure is complete, the areas that are treated will be bandages. You will likely experience some swelling, itching or stinging, which will subside no more than three days post-procedure. Your skin will then become dry and peel. You will heal completely in approximately three weeks, oftentimes sooner.
At this time, it will be more important than ever to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and it’s a good idea to limit your time in the sun as much as possible. It’s also crucial that you keep your skin well moisturized to maintain the fresh appearance of your skin.
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