Bone graft surgery becomes necessary when a person lacks enough bone mass to hold a dental implant in place. So, why do some patients have insufficient bone tissue? The jawbone regenerates when stimulated by a natural tooth, which happens whenever a person bites down. When the person loses the tooth, there is nothing left to…
Laser Skin Resurfacing for Facial Blemishes, Wrinkles, and Scars
If you have facial blemishes that take away from your natural beauty, laser skin resurfacing in our office can help. We can help you fight the ravages of time by renewing your natural skin without surgery. If you are interested in looking younger and having healthier, firmer, and smoother skin, continue reading to learn our answers to common questions about skin resurfacing.
How does laser skin resurfacing work?
Laser skin resurfacing is a treatment process that uses concentrated, short bursts of laser light to resurface irregular skin. The beam pulsation gently removes damaged skin by layers – hence why it is also often referred to as a laser peel. The treatment is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, make skin appear firmer and smoother, reduce facial spider veins, and reduce the appearance of acne scars and current blemishes.
Who are the best candidates for laser skin resurfacing?
The best candidates for laser skin resurfacing are those of any age or gender who have fine lines, wrinkles, facial acne or blemish scars, age spots, enlarged oil glands, and spider veins or broken capillaries. If you have wrinkles next to your eyes from smiling, wrinkles on your forehead from frowning or raising your eyebrows, wrinkles around your lips, or smile lines but otherwise have healthy skin, you should consider laser skin resurfacing as an alternative to other more invasive procedures.
How long is the healing process after laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a minimally invasive treatment option, so you do not have to undergo surgery to receive this treatment. Depending on the exact type of laser skin resurfacing you receive, it may take one to two weeks for your skin to shed and heal. There are different levels of treatment for the varying severity of wrinkles in patients. You may notice that your face is red or feels dry or irritated following treatment. We will prepare you on how to deal with these occurrences before your treatment. There will be no long-lasting damage following your skin resurfacing, and you will notice beautiful results shortly following the treatment. Be prepared to look younger and to have newer, glowing skin.
Can I receive laser skin resurfacing around my lips if I get cold sores?
In most cases, if you currently have cold sores, you should wait to have laser skin resurfacing until these blemishes have healed. If you are prone to developing cold sores, but you do not currently have an outbreak, we can help you prepare for the procedure and find ways to fight the irritation that could cause a cold sore or fever blister to develop. We may be able to provide you with a necessary cream or medication that could assist in the prevention of fever blisters. Don’t let fever blisters and cold sores prevent you from improving your skin, but do tell your doctor about this condition and ask if this is the right treatment for you before pursuing it.
Laser skin resurfacing is a safe alternative to other more complicated procedures for improving skin. When you visit to hear about how we can help, we can explain the process in full and prepare you for what you can expect going forward.