What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing and What Can It Treat?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently reported that Americans spent close to $16 billion dollars on cosmetic surgeries and procedures last year.

And with plastic surgery more common than ever, less invasive procedures like laser resurfacing have become a regular favorite of many. They love the smooth and youthful look it provides and unlike liposuction, your recovery is fast.

Are you considering this procedure for yourself? If you’re unfamiliar with laser resurfacing, then you’ve come to the right place.

Continue reading to learn about laser resurfacing and the conditions it can treat.

Conditions That Call for Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing can reduce wrinkles and make skin irregularities like blemish scars less noticeable.

If you have any fine lines around your eyes or mouth, or shallow wrinkles on your forehead or acne scars, you may benefit from this procedure.

For those with acne or very dark skin, this treatment option may not be the best. It also doesn’t work well for stretch marks.

Only a doctor can tell you if laser resurfacing is the right procedure for your needs.

About CO2 Resurfacing

During laser resurfacing, the upper layers of your skin are vaporized to remove damaged cells. One of the most popular methods of doing this is using CO2.

In this method, fractionated CO2 is directed at the skin’s surface. Short pulses of light or continuous beams in a particular pattern get directed at areas of the skin that have wrinkles, enlarged oil glands, warts, or scars.

This treatment is considered minimally invasive and has a recovery time of about two weeks. During that time, your skin may appear red and inflamed. You may also be more sensitive to the sun.

About Erbium Resurfacing

Erbium is another kind of skin resurfacing treatment. It’s meant to remove moderate to deep lines and can be used on the face, chest, hands, or neck.

The best part about erbium lasers is that they are easy to direct. That means that the tissue surrounding your problem areas will be less affected. In turn, you will have less redness, swelling, and bruising than people who chose CO2 resurfacing.

That equates to less recovery time. In fact, for some people, complete recovery can take as little as one week.

Be sure you ask your doctor how long you can expect your healing process to take. They’ll be able to give you an estimate based on their past experience with other patients whose skin is similar in pigment and condition to yours.

Where to Go for Treatment

Erbium and CO2 laser resurfacing treatments are a great way to get rid of wrinkles and other undesirable skin imperfections. But you should only trust an experienced and knowledgeable doctor for advice.

Are you considering laser resurfacing? How about a different procedure? Contact us for an appointment today or join our mailing list to receive special offers and promotions from Dr. Fetter.