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Does your skin have aesthetic issues such as wrinkles, scars, acne, or unsightly blotches? There are a number of factors that contribute to skin imperfections, such as aging or excess sun exposure. These issues can be treated in a number of ways, including fillers or laser removal. One option to give your skin a complete restoration, leaving it looking fresh, smooth, and young, is laser skin resurfacing.
Our skin is composed of several layers. The outermost layer, the epidermis, is a waterproof barrier that surrounds the body, while the next layer, the dermis, is where hair follicles and sweat
glands are located. The outermost portions of the epidermis are actually dead skin cells, which constantly flake off and are replaced by new cells. As we age, this process slows down, and the rate at which our skin generates new cells decreases.
Laser skin resurfacing helps to give the skin a smoother, younger appearance by precisely stripping off dead layers of cells. The new skin that is revealed underneath undergoes a process of regeneration, minimizing or erasing imperfections.
Laser skin resurfacing can be performed on portions of the face, or the entire face. Depending on how much skin area is treated, the procedure can last from 30 minutes to around two hours. If a small portion is being treated, your surgeon will numb it with local anesthetic. If your whole face is being treated, you may need general anesthesia.
After the procedure, the treated areas are bandaged and need to be cleaned 4-5 times a day to prevent scab formation. Swelling is a common reaction and will subside with time. You may experience itching or stinging in the treated areas for up to 72 hours. Healing usually takes 10 to 21 days, and skin redness may persist for 2-3 months.
Your skin will also be lighter for some time after the procedure. Most of our melanin, the protein that gives skin its color, is located in the epidermis, which is stripped off during the procedure. Make sure to protect your new skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen and moisturizer. Eventually, as your skin grows back, it will revert to its normal color.
Contact Skin by Heller for more information on laser skin resurfacing. We look forward to answering your questions and guiding you through the process.