Laser skin resurfacing is a controlled burn of the face and/or neck. A number of different lasers are available for this purpose. The laser allows the surgeon to remove the top layer of the skin with extreme accuracy. It is very effective in removing age spots, improving uneven skin pigmentation, improving facial wrinkles, and tightening the skin. As the skin heals and new skin forms, it appears smoother and more youthful. The results are unmatched by any other skin resurfacing technique.
Laser skin resurfacing is an outpatient procedure. The need for anesthesia depends on the depth of the laser treatment. For superficial treatments no anesthesia is necessary. However, a general anesthetic is typically required for the deeper treatments. The recovery period can vary from 5-7 days to 6-8 weeks depending on the depth. The face can flake, weep and drain some as it heals. It is critical to protect your skin from the sun during the healing process. People with a history of cold sores will sometimes experience an outbreak after surgery. Laser skin resurfacing should be avoided in individuals who are taking certain medication such as Accutane. Complications are very rare in the hands of an experienced surgeon.