Frequently Asked Questions
What areas can be treated?
Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for deep, difficult to treat lines and creases around the eyes, mouth and face.
What type of result can I expect?
Expect to see a decrease in the appearance of lines and wrinkles resulting in smoother skin.
How long does the treatment take?
The treatment can be performed in as little as 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
When can I resume my daily activities?
Typically you may resume your daily activities in as little as four days.
How many treatments will I need?
Most people see desired results with only one treatment session.
What can I expect following the treatment?
Speak with your provider to discuss possible side-effects and the necessary post-treatment care.
With time facial skin begins to show signs of wear and tear. Lines and creases appear while skin begins to loosen and sag. Age spots may also appear. The effects of sun, smoking, stress, poor nutrition, pollution and alcohol all accelerate the aging process. Laser Resurfacing is one way to erase the ravages of time on delicate skin. Lasers are particularly effective to remove fine lines, treat scars and reverse the effects of sun damage.
For your Laser Resurfacing treatment consultation, our physicians at Z-ROC Dermatology will gladly discuss which treatment options would be best suited for you. Please fill out the appointment request form. Or call our office.
What is Laser Resurfacing?
L.A.S.E.R. stands for Light Amplified by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Medical lasers use an intense beam of light to gently remove the outer layers of skin that have been damaged by sun, wind, pollutants and time. This beam of light is so concentrated and precise that it does not affect the tissue surrounding the targeted area. With lasers, physicians can achieve dramatic results by uncovering new, undamaged skin.
There are several types of lasers used to resurface the skin. Two types of lasers are currently in use for Laser Resurfacing: Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Erbium. Indications and results are similar for both types. With the Cynosure/Palomar Erbium laser, recovery time is much shorter than the CO2. Your physician will discuss the benefits of each with you to determine the best laser treatment for your skin. Topical and/or local anesthesia is usually sufficient.
Various factors contribute to whether or not you are a good candidate for Laser Resurfacing. Your physician will consider all medical history, age, skin type, skin pigmentation and desired results before recommending Laser Resurfacing.
Recovery after Laser Resurfacing typically takes one to three weeks. The skin must be kept moist for seven to ten days with ointments and/or bandages. After the first week, the remaining redness can be covered with cosmetics until it fades. After a few weeks, the skin will fade to a normal tone and will have a softer, fresher look.
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