Laser skin resurfacing smooths the face and smooths fine wrinkles using a carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) laser device that treats layers of damaged skin. It softens lines around the eyes and mouth and minimizes facial scars and unevenly pigmented areas.
The procedure takes a few minutes to 1 hour. It may require more than one session. Patients are usually outpatient, unless combined with other surgical procedures that require hospitalization. Side effects include temporary swelling, discomfort, lightening of treated skin, acute sun sensitivity, increased sensitivity to makeup and pinkness/redness in skin that may persist for up to 6 months. Risks are rare but include burns or injuries caused by laser heat, scarring, abnormal changes in skin color, flare-up of viral infections (“cold sores”) and other infections (rare).
The recovery time for a patient to return to work is 2 works (4 to 6 weeks with strenuous activity). Redness will completely fade in 6 months or less. The duration of the results is long-lasting, but does not stop aging. New wrinkles and expression lines may form as skin ages.