Laser Skin Resurfacing
When Laser Resurfacing Is Right
People who are interested in laser resurfacing may have minor sun damage, blemishes or other skin irregularities they would like resolved without surgery. The appearance of acne scars can also be reduced, although patients with active acne outbreaks are not candidates for laser resurfacing. Patients who have very dark skin may also not be good candidates for this treatment.
It’s important to maintain realistic expectations about the capabilities of laser resurfacing. Although the tone and texture of the skin may be greatly improved, lasers will not tighten any hanging or loose skin. This treatment can help you look younger and more refreshed, but the results will not be the same as a facelift or other surgical procedure.
What to Expect
At the Castellano Cosmetic Surgery Center in Tampa, laser resurfacing is performed on an outpatient basis. Targeted areas may be treated individually, or across a larger area at once. Most laser treatments take less than an hour. During the procedure, the patient wears protective eyewear. Some patients experience mild discomfort during the treatment itself. Those with very sensitive skin may have a topical anesthetic administered.
Recovery and Results
After the procedure, a special non-stick dressing is applied. The patient will have to follow Dr. Castellano’s post-surgical instructions to prevent the treated areas from forming scabs. Depending on how intense the session was will affect healing time. For example, very deep wrinkles or scars will require a longer treatment and longer healing. Light resurfacing will result in less downtime.
The treated area may look red for a while during the healing process, and the redness will be more prevalent in those with fairer skin. Any redness can be covered by makeup. Following the treatment, any wrinkles or scars should be greatly minimized in appearance. Blemishes and growths will be removed. The surface, texture and tone of the skin should all be greatly improved, and minor wrinkles will be diminished. It’s very important to use good sun protection after your laser resurfacing treatment.
With Other Procedures
Laser skin resurfacing can be combined with many other procedures to help patients look younger and achieve smooth, healthy skin. Facial liposuction or injectable fillers may be used to sculpt the face in order to enhance the results of your new skin tone. Chemical peels can be used safely with laser treatment as well, using one method to address one area of the face, and a different method for an alternate area.