If you’ve ever seen somebody with perfect-looking skin, you’ve probably wondered how they do it. While diet and staying in the shade might play a role, laser skin resurfacing, a non-invasive treatment that reduces blemishes can make the skin appear more youthful.
What Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?
Laser skin resurfacing with Dr. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery addresses multiple skin complaints. It can:
- Reverse or repair sun damage
- Smooth skin and eliminate textural imperfections
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Even out hyperpigmentation, sun spots, age spots and other discolorations
- Reduce the appearance of acne scars
- Refresh skin and leave it glowing
In a sense, therefore, laser skin resurfacing is a catch-all treatment that allows you to address many skin issues with a single treatment.
About the Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment
Laser skin resurfacing works by shining short, intense bursts of light at the skin to remove the uppermost layer of skin cells (as these tend to be the most damaged by the sun, aging and pollutants). Getting rid of these cells enables new cells to come up to the surface. As this happens, skin begins to behave more youthfully, reducing signs of wrinkles and blemishes in the process.
Depending on your individual needs, Dr. Greenberg may recommend either ablative or non-ablative lasers, or a combination of both. Ablative lasers target the uppermost layers of the dermis, while non-ablative heat layers lower down in the skin. Non-ablative lasers may be helpful for a range of conditions, including acne, spider veins and rosacea.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery and Downtime
Laser skin resurfacing involves resurfacing the top layer of skin, therefore you may experience some social downtime and tenderness after treatment. However, there is nothing physically keeping you from continuing your activities as normal.
How long your recovery takes in total depends on the depth of your treatment. Most patients are able to resume their regular activities after a couple of days to a week, with all swelling and redness from the treatment resolving in two to three weeks. However, if your laser resurfacing is deeper, then it could take several weeks for the skin to heal. Furthermore, some patients may experience erythema which is a type of redness that may leave a residue pink hue that may take several months to resolve.
During recovery, you’ll need to clean the treated area two to five times per day with a special solution provided by Dr. Greenberg. You’ll also need to diligently apply sunscreen to protect against sunburn as your skin may be more prone to sun damage for up to a year.
Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing offers a host of benefits. These include:
- Treating multiple skin complaints in a single session, including warts, age spots, scars, acne scars, sagging skin, and uneven skin tone.
- Getting in an out of the clinic in 45 minutes to an hour
- Getting immediate visible results that can last for years
- Minimizing downtime
- Boosting the youthfulness of your skin
Take the Next Step
Want to learn more about what you can expect from laser skin resurfacing? Schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). (407) 644-3137