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Laser Resurfacing of the Skin and Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery

Laser skin resurfacing is a relatively minor surgery to eliminate or at least reduce scarring. During this procedure, a laser is employed to destroy and remove damaged tissue, allowing the healthy tissue below the injured skin to replace it. As facial scars are generally uneven and pitted, the entire pitted area might have to be removed in order to smoothen out the skin. Laser resurfacing for acne is also used to reduce pore size thus reducing the risks of further outbreaks.

Lasers are also used in the removal of birthmarks, abnormal blood vessels, warts, liver (sun) spots and skin Lesions. In most cases, you would require multiple sessions, though this would depend on the severity and depth of the scars. Facial spider veins and roscaea too can be treated with lasers but generally require many sessions. Facial blood vessels can be best dealt with by using a newer laser technology called the pulse dye laser in which the laser specifically targets these broken blood vessels.  Laser skin resurfacing for acne marks that are deep require repeated sessions and the recovery time too is relatively longer. Laser skin peeling is used to soften deep wrinkles while eliminating fine wrinkles. This surgery is longer as it requires the surgeon to work on the entire facial skin. A low intensity laser preserves more healthy tissue and requires more sessions than a high intensity one.  There is no standard laser skin resurfacing cost as the fees vary according to the institute as well as the surgeon performing the procedure.

Co2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

Co2 laser skin resurfacing vaporizes undesired skin tissue to reveal healthy skin. This revolutionary technology targets each individual layer of skin, minimizing burns and scarring. Co2 laser skin resurfacing is normally used for deeper scarring and is a newer method of eliminating scars and improving skin texture. It also allows greater precision as compared to chemical peels or microdermabraison. It can remove deeper layers of damaged skin while stimulating the regeneration of healthier skin below the scar. Co2 laser skin resurfacing has a lower risk of complications such as Pigmentation irregularities, Skin surface irregularities and Textural changes.

Your skin will be raw for a few days or weeks (depending on the procedure) after your operation. During this time your face is vulnerable to skin infections and so you would have to use prescribed topical creams and medications. It is extremely important that you follow post-operation procedures after your laser skin resurfacing surgery to ensure complete healing.