What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
May 29, 2014
When your conversations are Skype video conferences and your pictures are all in ultra-high definition even minor facial imperfections can seem obvious to the entire world. Damage from wind and sun and the relentless effects of time and gravity can leave skin looking marred and blemished far beyond its years. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hunter Moyer keeps abreast of the most advanced technology to help minimize facial imperfections and leave skin looking fresh and revitalized with laser skin resurfacing.
Laser skin resurfacing uses high intensity light to vaporize the damaged skin in the outer layers of skin. This creates a uniform “injury” to your skin, similar to deeper chemical peel or dermabrasion but with extremely precise control of the depth and location of the damage. The removal of the damaged skin effectively reduces the appearance of acne, scars, and sun or liver spots, while stimulating the production of collagen. As the skin heals, the newer skin that forms is younger-looking and more elastic, alleviating the appearance of wrinkles and the fine “smile lines” while giving the skin a fresh, healthy glow.
Sciton® laser skin resurfacing is the most advanced FDA-approved system that Dr. Moyer uses to remove damaged skin. As Sciton® laser strength is fully customizable, it can be safely used on patients of all ages with a variety of skin tones and pigments. An added benefit of Sciton® technology is that its intense beam of focused energy treats the most minute imperfections without damaging the surrounding tissue.
Laser resurfacing is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, with varied treatment times that depend on the specific area/s being treated. Minor swelling can be expected as well as a mild itching or burning sensation over the next few days. Additionally, skin may become dry and begin to peel during the healing process which (depending on the skin condition that was treated) can last for several days. After treatment, it is particularly important that you use a “broad-spectrum” sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 45 or higher that screens ultraviolet B and ultraviolet A rays like those recommended in Dr. Moyer’s previous blogs on skin care. By limiting your time outside you’ll not only protect your skin from harmful rays that can lead to skin cancer, but decrease the risk of adverse effects caused by light sensitivity.
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