Developed in the early 1990s and perfected over the past few years, laser skin resurfacing has revolutionized the treatment of aging skin and scars. Before the arrival of laser skin resurfacing, only facelifts and deep chemical peels were available to rejuvenate aged skin.

Laser skin resurfacing not only removes wrinkles, some creases, age spots, and skin discoloration but also tightens sagging skin, thus eliminating the need for a facelift for many individuals. These lasers are also effective at resurfacing many types of scars and other textural irregularities.

They allow gentle, layer-by-layer removal of the skin. All wrinkles, from fine to deep lines, improve with laser skin resurfacing, as do unsightly creases. Scars that have the most favorable response to this technique are sharply defined and shallow.

Performed on an outpatient basis, the procedure may take between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the extent of the treatment.

I was seen on time and the exam was very thorough – all my questions were answered. The doctor was very professional and attentive – the assistants were also very pleasant and helpful. Thank you.

Deborah V

Customer, since 2016

Am I a Good Candidate?

Candidates must have realistic expectations for laser skin resurfacing treatments. Patients with elastic skin are ideal candidates. Healthy individuals without skin infections are excellent candidates. Laser skin resurfacing will be best for patients with a lighter skin tone.

Before the Procedure

During your initial consultation, we will evaluate your skin to determine if this is the best treatment for you. We will discuss your concerns and goals for laser skin resurfacing treatment. The procedure will be explained in detail, and you can ask any questions you may have.

Your medical history will be reviewed, including information about any allergies or medications you may be taking. You may be given a prescription for creams to use nightly for at least several weeks before the procedure, as well as antibiotics and antiviral medications to be taken around the time of the procedure.

The Procedure

Laser skin resurfacing treatment typically takes an hour or less. Photographs will be taken of the area to be treated. Pre-operative sedation may be given in the form of a tablet, one to two hours before the procedure. In addition, a local anesthetic will be injected at the treatment site.

Your physician will use fractional CO2 technology to remove layers of skin and contract the underlying tissue to improve wrinkling. The use of the fractional laser has been shown to minimize the risks of the procedure and speed the recovery time. An escort should accompany you to the procedure to drive you home.

Care Post-operative

Immediately after the procedure, the treated area will appear red and swollen and will drain a clear-colored liquid. You will be asked to wash the area every few hours with a gentle cleanser (unscented Dove, Basis, or Purpose) and apply Aquaphor Healing Ointment frequently to keep the area moist.

Swelling resolves within several days. The pink color usually fades within six weeks, although it may persist for up to three months in some patients.

Skin care products and makeup, other than those suggested by our staff, should not be used until the treated area is completely healed. Sun protection is important during the immediate post-operative period. We will follow you with regular appointments for the first two weeks after the procedure and less often for 6–12 months following treatment.

How Much Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Cost?

The cost of laser skin resurfacing treatment varies depending on the treatment plan. The size and number of targeted areas may impact the overall price.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the different types of laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing, a popular cosmetic procedure for skin rejuvenation, comes in several types, primarily differentiated by their intensity and depth of penetration. The main categories include:

  • Ablative Laser Resurfacing: This type uses an intense wavelength of light to remove the outer layers of aged or sun-damaged skin. Common ablative lasers include CO2 and Erbium lasers, which promote collagen production and smoother skin.
  • Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing: Less invasive than ablative lasers, non-ablative lasers, such as fractional lasers, heat up the underlying skin tissue without harming the surface. They require less recovery time and are suitable for mild skin concerns.
  • Fractional Laser Resurfacing: This technology targets both the superficial and deeper layers of the skin, treating a fraction of the skin at a time. It’s effective for treating a variety of skin issues, including wrinkles, scars, and uneven skin tone.
Is laser skin resurfacing right for me?
Laser skin resurfacing is suitable for individuals looking to address facial wrinkles, scars, uneven skin pigmentation, or other skin irregularities. Ideal candidates are generally in good health, have realistic expectations, and do not have active skin infections or acne.
What can I expect during a laser skin resurfacing treatment?
During the procedure, the targeted area will be cleansed, and a numbing agent may be applied to minimize discomfort. The laser device is then used to apply concentrated light beams to the skin, which precisely removes or resurfaces damaged skin layers. The treatment duration can vary from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the area and type of laser used.
What is the recovery time for laser skin resurfacing?
Recovery times can vary widely based on the type of laser used:

  • Ablative lasers: Require one to two weeks of downtime, during which the skin heals and regenerates.
  • Non-ablative lasers: Have minimal downtime, with most patients resuming normal activities within a day or two, though some redness and swelling may persist.
  • Fractional lasers: Recovery can take about a week, with some residual redness lasting for a few weeks.
What are the potential side effects of laser skin resurfacing?
Some people may experience mild side effects such as gentle redness, a bit of swelling, or a slight itching sensation, which can feel similar to a mild sunburn. These are common and typically temporary. While it’s quite uncommon, there’s a small chance of more significant effects, like an infection, changes in skin color, or scarring. We take all precautions to minimize these risks and are here to support you through every step of your care.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you want to find out more about laser skin resurfacing, visit Dermatology Associates. We offer high-quality laser skin resurfacing to patients at our Tinley Park location. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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