Laser skin resurfacing is carried out to correct various problems on a person’s skin. This may include the correction of warts, birthmarks, sun-damage, scars left over from skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, fine lines, liver spots etc. Modern advances in laser technology have allowed surgeons to exercise a high level of control and precision over such procedures. This results in patients enjoying a higher success rate for laser skin resurfacing procedures.
Things to Know about Laser Skin Resurfacing
- The procedure: The procedure revolves around the use of lasers or light beams. The laser is aimed at the affected areas of the skin and delivered in small pulses. This removes or eliminates the irregularities in the skin with extreme precision. The precision targeting allows for very little skin lightening or hypo-pigmentation, which is a common side effect of traditional scar removal procedures. The laser destroys the old layer of skin, and heats the layer below it. This stimulates the production of collagen, resulting in the formation of newer and healthier skin over the damaged areas.
- Preparation: The first step is to talk to your plastic surgeon before going in for the procedure. The surgeon must be made aware of previously existing conditions such as cold sores, fever-blisters etc. Laser skin resurfacing can aggravate these conditions. Your surgeon will also advise you to stay away from certain medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or vitamin E. These medications interfere with clotting and can affect the healing process. Smoking is also prohibited and the patient must quit at least two weeks prior to the procedure. Antibiotics maybe provided to avoid infection before the procedure.
- Post-procedure: Swelling is a common occurrence after the procedure. You may be provided with steroids to control the swelling. The surgeon may also advise the usage of petroleum jelly to prevent scabbing. Bandages are removed 24 hours after the procedure. The treated areas must be cleaned at least five times a day until they heal completely.
Need More Information about Laser Skin Resurfacing? Contact Dr. Andrew Trussler
For more information on laser skin resurfacing, contact Dr. Andrew Trussler. We are located in Austin and can be contacted at 512.450.1077. We look forward to hearing from you.