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The Fundamentals of Laser Skin Resurfacing | Rocheford Plastic Surgery

Posted on February 25, 2014 by: Dr. Rocheford

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Your face naturally loses elasticity as you age, leading to development of fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re struggling to hide the signs of aging or sun damage, then laser skin resurfacing treatments may be the perfect solution for you! Before you contact your plastic surgeon, check out this overview on the fundamentals of laser skin resurfacing.

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a non-invasive plastic surgery procedure designed to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and hyperpigmentation.

Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates for laser skin resurfacing treatments typically have:

  • Noticeable lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and forehead.
  • Acne scars.
  • Uneven pigmentation.
  • Sagging skin.

Be sure to discuss your eligibility requirements with your cosmetic surgeon ahead of time, as individuals on certain acne medications may need to stop their treatment before undergoing laser skin resurfacing.

How it Works

Your plastic surgeon may utilize several different lasers to perform your resurfacing treatment. Some of the most commonly used lasers include:

  • ProFractional: ProFractional Laser resurfacing treatments deliver heat deep into the dermal layer of your skin to stimulate elastin and collagen development. ProFractional laser resurfacing treatments restore a youthful appearance without the risk of bleeding, bruising, or surgical complications.
  • Fractionated: Fractionated lasers target small areas of the skin where damage has occurred without disrupting the surrounding tissues.
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): IPL treatments use broad-spectrum pulses of light which are absorbed into the skin. IPL can eliminate excessive or enlarged blood vessels that cause brown spots, decrease pore size, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Results

While your results may vary depending on which laser resurfacing treatment is used, most patients find that there is typically very little pain or swelling after the procedure. Full results are typically visible after the first week following the procedure and often last for up to 3 months.

Laser skin resurfacing is a great way to reduce the signs of aging without surgery. For the best laser skin resurfacing treatments, tummy tucks or breast augmentations, call Rocheford Plastic Surgery at 651-968-1294.

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