Laser Resurfacing | Princeton Junction & Mercerville NJ
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that can be utilized to reduce tiny wrinkles, acne scars and other minor skin imperfections, especially around the mouth and eyes. It can improve sun-damaged and acne scarred skin problems that often cause concern to both men and women.
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What do I expect before surgery?
Laser skin resurfacing is bloodless for the most part and is performed in the office under either local anesthesia or light sedation. Prior to surgery, the doctors will discuss the goals for facial skin improvement and perform a thorough exam. The doctors will also review your medical history and review the pre-surgery medications that are required. Most patients are given an anti-viral drug as well as an antibiotic to take before the procedure is begun to prevent any risk of infection or “herpetic” outbreak (especially in those individuals with a history of “cold sores”). After determining and explaining the most appropriate procedure to use, the Doctors will fully explain what is to be expected afterwards in terms of home care and follow visits.
What do I expect after the procedure?
In most cases, only one treatment is needed to achieve the desired results. The initial redness fades in a few days to a light pink (similar to the look of a healing sun-burn). At this point in the healing process cosmetics may be utilized to camouflage any discoloration. In just a 2 to 3 months, most discoloration dissipates and is replaced by healthier looking skin.
The goal of laser resurfacing is to enhance facial skin appearance. Expectations by the patient must be realistically discussed with the doctors. Keep in mind that laser skin resurfacing is designed to improve rather than totally correct existing skin conditions. Essentially, the procedure serves to “reverse the clock” of aging. Final results may depend on the size, shape and location of the imperfection and the patient’s heredity, age, and underlying skin condition.
What is it used for?
In most cases, the Laser can be used as an alternative to facial peels and microdermabrasion. The benefits of using this technique is that the results are more quickly obtained – usually just one treatment. The skin effects may last longer as well.
What kind of LASER is used?
The doctors utilize up to date, modern lasers to efficiently treat various skin conditions. An example of which is the Ultrapulse Carbon Dioxide Laser which is used to treat sun-damaged skin, facial wrinkles and scars. There are various types of Lasers with very specific uses such as for removal of hair, small blood vessels, and other skin anomalies which the Doctors can use if necessary.
How does the LASER work?
In general terms, the word “LASER” is an acronym, which stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A surgical laser, such as the carbon dioxide laser, is a beam of light capable of removing unwanted tissues such as superficial layers of skin. The laser vaporizes skin cells by emitting bursts of radiation that are absorbed by water in these cells. Laser light penetrates to a very precise, controlled depth that the doctor chooses. This makes the procedure very precise and reduces the risk of scarring or pigmentation problems. An additional benefit is that new collagen formation is stimulated even several months after the procedure.
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