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Laser Skin Resurfacing

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What Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?

Laser skin resurfacing is an amazing option for treating wrinkles and reversing the aging process. Many patients use it as a regular part of their anti-aging regimen. The CO2 laser skin resurfacing system is excellent for deep resurfacing. It’s great at treating fine lines, acne scars, and brown spots.

The erbium laser skin resurfacing system, on the other hand, is best for surface-level skin imperfections. If you’re looking to reverse sun damage, remove superficial wrinkles, or promote skin rejuvenation, the erbium laser may be the best choice. Individuals with a darker skin tone are much more likely to use this method. It is found to be much lighter on the skin than the CO2 laser.

Overall, both lasers are good for treating wrinkles focused around the eyes and mouth. However, it’s not uncommon to have resurfacing done on the neck, chest, and hands as well.

Why Patients Love Laser Skin Resurfacing?

There are many reasons why patients at BHSkin Dermatology report that they love the laser skin resurfacing procedure. Here are a few of those reasons below:

#1 Gentle on Your Skin

Most patients report being extremely satisfied with the results of laser skin resurfacing, particularly for fine lines and wrinkles. The majority of patients will see new, healthy-looking skin within 5-7 days.

#2 Minimal Discomfort

Laser skin resurfacing is often used as an alternative to more painful procedures, such as facial surgery. We’ll likely use a combination of an injected and topical anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable.

#3 Fast Procedure for the Busy

The laser resurfacing treatment, including prep to the procedure, takes between 1 and 2.5 hours. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about being at a doctor’s office all day. You’ll be free to go home after just a few hours.

#4 Tailored to Meet Your Needs

In some cases, CO2 laser resurfacing and erbium laser resurfacing are both used to produce great results. The treatment settings are tailored to your unique skin type and goals.

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How Does It Work?

The Lumenis M22 IPL works by penetrating the dermis layer of the skin to create heat. The heat creates small controlled wounds called micro-injuries. When the wound heals, the body removes damaged blood vessels and old skin cells, replacing them with healthier, more desirable cells. As the skin heals itself, it also produces collagen and elastin, promoting skin tone and texture.However, these are minor and part of the healing process. The tiny injuries that are created by the procedure will quickly close up, causing no lasting damage to the tissue. The final result will be new, radiant skin that has reversed the hands of time.

How Laser Skin Resurfacing Works

The CO2 laser resurfacing treatment works by using a beam of light on the epidermis. This light heats and vaporizes the skin tissue, which leads to the removal of superficial skin. Say goodbye to brown spots and blemishes and hello to smooth, vibrant-looking skin. Traditionally, carbon dioxide laser resurfacing has been the go-to treatment option.

The erbium laser resurfacing method uses the light to vaporize the outermost layers of the skin. These tiny microscopic injuries to the skin stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. This leads to an evener skin texture and youth-looking results.

Before Your Laser Skin Resurfacing

Before the procedure, you’ll have a consultation with a member of our BHSkin Dermatology team. We’ll discuss your current health, goals, and pre-treatment suggestions. You’ll walk away knowing what you can expect and what your outcomes are likely to be.

During Your Laser Skin Resurfacing

During the laser skin resurfacing process, the laser (either a CO2 one or an erbium one) is directed at the area of your skin where there are wrinkles, scars, or blemishes. You may experience a burning feeling during the process.

After Your Laser Skin Resurfacing

Depending on the laser used to treat your skin, you may experience redness, swelling, and discomfort for one to three weeks after the procedure. You should be able to resume your normal activities after 3 to 5 days. Be sure to follow the recommended post-treatment instructions given by your laser dermatologist. Also, it’s important to wear sunscreen as your skin will be more sensitive to heat while healing.


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