How does laser resurfacing work?
Laser resurfacing precisely removes the damaged outer layers of your skin. The overall outcome is similar to a chemical peel, but you won’t need to have any harsh chemicals applied. Instead, the laser instantly zaps away dead and damaged skin cells and forces new skin cells to develop by heating the lower layers of your skin. The entire process triggers new tissue, elastin, and collagen formation, leaving you with tighter, smoother-looking skin.
Laser skin resurfacing can treat or improve the appearance of:
- Sun damage
- Scars (including acne scars)
- Redness and discoloration
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Large pores
If you have other skin conditions you’re worried about, talk with Dr. Bopp. Because laser skin resurfacing is beneficial for treating so many types of skin impurities, you may benefit even if you have a condition that isn’t listed here.
When will I see results after laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing treatments generally are quick, lasting about 30-45 minutes, although full face treatments can take up to a couple hours. But you won’t leave the office with brighter, smoother skin right away. It takes some time for cells to heal and you might even be slightly red and swollen for a few days following your session.
Roughly five to seven days following your treatment, the outer layer of your skin gradually starts to peel away. This is a sign that your fresh new skin cells are starting to surface. Most men and women start noticing visibly younger looking skin within several weeks of treatment. You should have optimal results within 8-12 weeks, although you may need more than one treatment during that time.
Is laser resurfacing painful?
Not at all. The dermatologists and skincare experts at Bopp Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery use the state-of-the-art ActiveFX™ CO2 and Halo™ Hybrid fractional resurfacing lasers. These advanced lasers work quickly and produce only a mild warming sensation during treatment. Some clients do experience some tingling on sensitive areas, like around their mouth or eyes. But most men and women find laser skin resurfacing to be a relaxing experience.
Find out if laser skin resurfacing offered by Bopp Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery is right for you by calling the office or booking an appointment online.