Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing—More Dramatic Results
Targeted at reducing:
- Deep lines and wrinkles, especially around the mouth
- Pitted acne scars and surgical scars
- Irregular skin pigmentation
- Skin texture irregularities
For deeper laser treatments, we may use local injections and/or sedation. If we are performing ablative, full-face laser resurfacing, we usually prefer to perform treatment in our operating suite where we can assure your comfort.
The procedure takes about 30 minutes to one hour. The recovery period is longer than with fractional laser resurfacing, but the results are long lasting.
Recovering from Laser Resurfacing Treatment
Post laser care is as important as the treatment itself and consists of compresses, gentle cleansing, and the application of recommended creams.
We want you to heal well and as quickly as possible. Several follow-up appointments are scheduled during this process to ensure that you are healing to our satisfaction.
After the procedure, we cool your skin with compresses and then place a topical emollient on the skin surface, which acts as a protective agent and facilitates healing. We often prescribe oral antibiotics and antiviral agents, based on the depth and location of the treatment. No pain relievers other than Tylenol®
are generally required.
Once a new base of epithelium has covered the skin, we change your topical creams to less dense protective creams and then to one of our recommended moisturizers. We recommend a breathable, hypoallergenic pigmented moisturizer which functions as a “base foundation.” We match the moisturizer to your skin so you can live your life without anyone noticing you had a procedure.
It is important to continuously use sunscreen in addition to any recommended moisturizers and to report any skin changes to us immediately.
Your new skin is actively producing collagen as it heals. It may appear redder than normal, reflecting increased inflammation. In people who are prone to rosacea (redness), it may be worse after spicy foods, wine or in the cold. Usually around six weeks following your treatment, we use light-based treatment in the office to improve the redness.