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Are you self-conscious about the appearance of your skin? Acne, aging, and too much time in the sun often result in unwanted blemishes. If these are your problem areas, laser skin resurfacing may be the procedure you need.
What is laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is one of the many laser treatments we offer. The goal of the procedure is to improve the appearance and texture of a patient’s skin by removing very thin layers of skin. Basically, laser skin resurfacing helps stimulate new collagen growth, which results in smoother and firmer skin.
Commonly used lasers
At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, we use fractionated CO2 lasers for laser skin resurfacing procedures.
Risks associated with laser skin resurfacing
The risks associated with laser skin resurfacing can depend on your medical history, so it is important to have a thorough review of your history, including your medications, with your doctor. Patients who have active acne or a skin infection should not undergo this treatment. In addition, patients who are immunocompromised, have an underlying autoimmune skin disease, or have a dark skin type are not candidates for this procedure.
If you are a candidate for undergoing laser skin resurfacing, the risks and complications associated with the procedure can include an acneiform eruption, bacterial or viral infection, hyper-/hypo- pigmentation of the skin, and potential scarring.
The timing of your laser resurfacing treatment matters. In fact, many dermatologists refer to the fall and winter months as “laser season.” Laser-treated skin is extremely sensitive to sun exposure, so we recommend undergoing laser resurfacing during a season when you are spending the least amount of time in the sun. Regardless of what that time of year that is for you, it’s imperative to wear a broad-spectrum SPF or higher sunscreen daily. This will keep your skin looking its best!
What to expect before, during and after laser resurfacing
Prior to the procedure, physicians often choose to have their patients start on a topical retinoid and/or bleaching agent weeks prior to treatment. If you have a history of cold sores, antiviral prophylaxis is also indicated.
Expect some downtime following your laser procedure. Swelling, redness, oozing, and crusting of the skin often occurs during the healing phase. The average time to heal is 7 days, but healing time can vary depending on the location of treatment. We advise strict sun protection prior to the procedure and immediately following treatment.
Laser treatments at Center for Surgical Dermatology
From sunspots to hair removal, there are many skin issues that a laser can treat. We have heard many patients say that these treatments have significantly boosted their confidence and given them the self-esteem to put their best foot forward. If you’re interested in laser skin resurfacing or another laser treatment, visit our website or schedule an appointment to learn more.
H3: Contact Center of Surgical Dermatology for Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments in Westerville, OH
The Center of Surgical Dermatology is the largest medical and surgical skin treatment and wellness facility in Central Ohio. Since 2007, our board-certified Dermatologists, fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons, and caring professional staff have provided patients with treatment they can trust in an environment second to none. Learn more about our state-of-the-art Dermatology Center before booking your appointment today.