Laser resurfacing is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help rejuvenate the skin and reduce the effects of the sun, aging, and some facial skin disorders. Treatments are safe, effective, and convenient. Also, the cost of cosmetic laser skin resurfacing is minimal compared to many other treatment options.
Learn more about how laser skin rejuvenation, or laser peel as it is often called, removes damaged outer layers of skin and stimulates the production of collagen and new skin cells in the underlying layers, bringing about smoother, younger, healthier-looking skin.
What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Cosmetic laser skin resurfacing is a method for diminishing the appearance of imperfections on the skin’s surface. During the laser skin resurfacing procedure a laser is used to dissolve the molecular bonds of the damaged skin cells layer by layer until a smoother, more uniform skin appearance is achieved. The procedure may also be referred to as laser skin rejuvenation because of its anti-aging benefits, or laser peel because the damaged layers of skin are peeled away.
Because of the invasive nature of the procedure, particularly when performed using a CO2 laser, many physicians consider laser skin resurfacing to be a surgical procedure despite the fact that it involves no incisions. The healing process after any surgery can be quite taxing for a patient. Therefore, a laser skin resurfacing recovery will be very hard on a patient that suffers from a disorder of the immune system. Patients who scar easily should also not attempt the procedure for largely cosmetic reasons. Connective tissue disorders, such as lupus erythematosus or Sjogren’s syndrome also present an increased risk of complications and are a valid reason for foregoing the treatment.
Although the laser skin resurfacing procedure can be used to treat acne scarring, the active presence of acne can increase the risk for infection. Those who experience regular outbreaks should consult a dermatologist before undergoing the procedure. The presence of other skin infections such as cold sores and herpes simplex also increase the risk of complications during the healing process.
Studies have linked the prescription acne treatment, Accutane®, to a decreased healing capacity in the skin. If you have used Accutane® in the last 18 months, many physicians ask that you refrain from undergoing a laser skin resurfacing procedure.
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