With advances in today’s medical technology, many surgical procedures have been replaced by laser treatments. Lasers are also being used very effectively for cosmetic procedures, especially for non-invasive, non- surgical facelifts and to repair and reduce skin damage. Laser facial resurfacing utilized a C02 (carbon dioxide) laser to reduce lines and wrinkles, age spots, sunspots, acne scars, rosacea and port wine stains, and can remove unwanted facial hair. Laser facial resurfacing significantly enhances your skin’s tone, texture and radiance.
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CostsLaser facial resurfacing is commonly performed with local anesthesia, meaning the treatment area will be numbed. If a large area of skin needs treatment, light sedation may also be administered. In some cases, general anesthesia might be used. Laser facial resurfacing is performed on an outpatient basis and can take a few minutes or an hour depending on your individual needs, and more than one treatment is often necessary.
Surgeon FeesLaser facial resurfacing performed by a well trained, experienced laser specialist. If you need help finding a laser specialist in your area, our physician referral service offers listings of qualified, board certified plastic surgeons that specialize in laser facial resurfacing.
RecoveryYou may experience swelling of the treatment site. Scabbing might also occur. Depending on the depth and area being treated, you may need to wear a bandage immediately following your procedure. Most patients are able to return to light activities in 2 weeks. Strenuous exercise and vigorous activities can be resumed in 4 to 6 weeks. It is very important to avoid direct sun exposure for at least 6 months and possibly as long as 1 year after your procedure. Sunscreen must be worn at all times.