Exposure to the sun can damage our skin throughout our lives, causing facial lines and wrinkles to form. Laser resurfacing is a technique that uses concentrated, pulsating light beams to remove sun-damaged skin. The laser acts by removing superficial layers of damaged skin, allowing the growth of new, smoother, more evenly toned skin to form. Laser resurfacing also allows accurate targeting of specific areas so that the surrounding healthier skin is not affected.
In addition to removing facial line and wrinkles, laser resurfacing can be used to remove benign skin growths, scars, age spots, as well as scaly patches on the face and eyelids. Laser resurfacing can also treat any loss of skin tone and improve complexion from existing sun damage.
At the time of your consultation, Dr. Munroe will review the laser resurfacing procedure with you. For those that want minimal recovery time, more sessions of laser may be required to achieve the desired result.
Laser resurfacing can take up to two hours depending on the area and condition being treated. Resurfacing is performed in the outpatient setting, using local anesthesia to minimize any discomfort. During the laser treatment, you may feel some heat and a slight tingling sensation.
Your skin may appear red for several weeks and, as it heals, crusting may be present. Your face will also be bandaged and an ointment will be applied after treatment. It may take a few days before you can resume normal activities.
Once the treatment begins to heal, you'll notice an immediate difference in your skin quality and appearance. The full benefit of laser resurfacing can take up to six months and the results could last for years.
Dr. Munroe will discuss your treatment goals and help determine the number of treatments you will need.