What is a Laser?
A surgical laser, such as the CO2 laser, is a beam of light capable of removing unwanted tissue, including scarred, lined, wrinkled and otherwise imperfect skin. The laser vaporizes skin cells by emitting bursts of light that are absorbed by the water in these cells. Laser light penetrates to a very precise, controlled depth, making the procedure safe and predictable, while reducing the risk of scarring or uneven pigmentation problems. Laser skin resurfacing is bloodless and is performed in Dr. Kuhn‘s office under light sedation. As a result of this treatment, you are left with more youthful-looking skin.
What Areas Can Be Treated Through Laser Resurfacing?
The laser is used to reduce wrinkles, acne scars and other minor skin imperfections, especially around the mouth and eyes. It can improve sun-damaged and acne-scarred skin problems that often cause concern to both men and women. The entire face can be treated.
Benefits of Laser Resurfacing Treatment
Laser resurfacing can be used as an alternative to chemical peels and dermabrasion. The benefits of using this technique are less pain, more precise control, and a faster recovery time.
Prior to surgery, Dr. Kuhn will discuss your goals for facial improvement. After determining the most appropriate procedure to use, Dr. Kuhn will fully describe it, what results to expect and the fees. The skin may be pretreated prior to surgery to improve the healing time.
The Laser Resurfacing Procedure
A local anesthetic is given to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. The face is cleansed and prepared for treatment. Dr. Kuhn directs the laser beam toward your skin imperfections. The laser quickly and accurately vaporizes the outermost layers of skin just four or five cells in thickness/depth.
What Can Be Expected?
In most cases, only one laser treatment is needed. The initial redness fades in a few weeks to a light pink, which can be covered with make-up. The discoloration usually disappears in one to three months.
The goal of laser resurfacing is to enhance facial appearance. Expectations by the patient must be realistic and results should be anticipated as improvements rather than total corrections. Results of the procedure depend on many factors such as the size, shape and location of the imperfection and the patient’s heredity, age and general skin condition.