22 April 2009

Laser skin Resurfacing is a treatment using high intensity emissions of light from the laser remove layers of damaged or wrinkled skin at precisely controlled levels of penetration.

Your doctor may perform laser skin resurfacing in the office, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. First, the doctor, or an assistant, will cleanse your face to remove oils from the skin. Antibiotic is then applied to kill bacteria.

Typically you would receive local anesthesia, while you are sedated but awake; however, you might receive general anesthesia for treatment of deeper layers of the skin. To treat small areas of the skins surface, your physician will most likely use a local anesthetic with or without an oral sedative. For complete facial resurfacing, physicians most commonly use intravenous sedation or a general anesthesia with monitoring of your ECG, breathing and other vitals signs. Even patients who remain awake during the procedure report feeling only minimal discomfort. After the surgery you feel only mild to moderate pain.

the patient’s eyes are covered to protect them from the laser light. The length of the procedure depends upon the size of the area the patient wishes to have treated. A partial facial skin resurfacing can take as little as half an hour; a full resurfacing can take up to two hours.

A beam of light from a microphone-shaped instrument is passed over the skin to vaporize the outer layers of damaged skin. The laser can be programmed for varied levels of penetration. The doctor moves the laser precisely over the area of skin requiring treatment. Depending on the depth of the wrinkle, scar, or discoloration, the laser may be moved over the area repeatedly.

The doctor may choose to penetrate more deeply in some areas, in order to remove deep scars, stubborn spots, and wrinkles. As the laser works, you may hear it zapping, and smell smoke. The laser penetrates and removes the number of outer skin layers necessary to uncover the layer not affected by imperfections. Once that layer is exposed, healing can begin to rebuild new skin that looks younger and does not have the imperfections. Finally, your doctor, or a medical assistant, may apply a protective ointment or bandage to the treated area.

The procedure may be performed in two or more sessions to penetrate deeper areas, but one procedure is usually enough.

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