Smoother skin and the elimination of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and acne scars is possible with laser skin resurfacing. Dennis L. Clark, MD, of Laser MD Cosmetics in Long Beach, California, provides this procedure that gives you a tighter, more youthful appearance. Call the office or schedule online to learn how you can remove damaged skin and foster the growth of fresh, new cells to boost your look.
Laser resurfacing uses a specialized laser to remove skin in thin layers. It uses precise energy to rid you of old, damaged skin and prompt the development of new skin cells and supportive proteins, such as collagen, to restore a tighter, younger-looking skin surface. Dr. Clark may recommend you receive resurfacing alone to achieve your aesthetic goals or will offer it as part of a comprehensive plan that includes other cosmetic treatments, such as Botox® and dermal fillers.
Anyone bothered by the effects of aging and sun damage is a candidate. Laser resurfacing can specifically address a number of issues including:
Talk to Dr. Clark about your complexion concerns, and he can determine if laser resurfacing is right for you.
Prior to laser resurfacing, you’ll need to refrain from using medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and the supplement vitamin E for about 10-14 days, as these interfere with blood clotting. Smoking can prevent proper healing, so you need to quit for at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure.
In some cases, Dr. Clark may prescribe an antibiotic ahead of the procedure to prevent bacterial infections as your skin heals.
You may receive treatment only at specific areas or for your entire face. Dr. Clark may apply a local anesthetic to numb the area during a session. A full-face treatment can take up to 2 hours, while treatments for localized areas take just 45-60 minutes.
Your face will be bandaged immediately after laser resurfacing. You’ll be given a thorough post-treatment care plan, which includes instructions to regularly clean your resurfaced areas multiple times a day and apply a lubricating jelly to prevent crusting and scabs.
Expect some swelling after laser skin resurfacing. If it’s severe, you may receive prescription steroids. After about a week, the old, damaged layers of skin start to peel and new, fresh skin is revealed. The entire healing process takes 10-21 days.
For more information about laser resurfacing and how it can help you achieve a more smooth complexion, call the office or schedule online.