Laser skin resurfacing can require downtime, but it is far less invasive than undergoing a facelift or other surgical treatment.
After you have healed, your skin will look healthier. This treatment also tightens skin, restoring youthful definition.
Your face is your most prominent feature. If blemishes or damage make you feel self-conscious, the results of laser resurfacing can boost your self-esteem.
Many Men and Women Turn to Laser Skin Resurfacing
How will I look after treatment?
What Does It Cost?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the average cost of ablative laser skin resurfacing (removing the top layers of skin) is $2,330, while non-ablative resurfacing (heating the underlying skin tissue) costs about $1,031. Most insurance plans will not cover the procedure unless it is being used to treat certain scars (such as those resulting from a surgery or traumatic injury) or address a medical issue such as precancerous growths. Most practices offer financing to help you budget for this treatment.
Is laser skin resurfacing right for me?
Candidacy & Treatment
Anyone considering laser resurfacing must understand that it improves rather than perfects your features. Treatment may be recommended if you have:
- Lines and wrinkles around the brow, mouth, and eyes
- Acne scars
- Abnormal pigmentation
- Minor sagging
Treatment may not be recommended if you:
- Have a dark skin tone, which can develop pigmentation issues after resurfacing
- Suffer from cold sores or fever blisters
- Use Accutane®
- Suffer from psoriasis or rosacea
- Have deep wrinkles or excessively lax skin
The procedure takes less than an hour if you are treating only one area, but up to two hours for the entire face. It can be uncomfortable, so your doctor may provide local anesthesia. After treatment, the doctor will apply bandages.
Initial recovery takes about two weeks. Many patients choose to stay home from work during this time. Redness may last for months as the skin heals and results become apparent.
Are there other ways to improve my skin?
Surgical & Nonsurgical Intervention
Surgery can provide a more dramatic enhancement, but it is far costlier than laser skin resurfacing and requires a much longer recovery. An IPL photofacial or microdermabrasion can treat blemishes and signs of aging, but they do not provide the tightening effect that laser resurfacing provides. While it is always possible to use makeup to cover blemishes and signs of aging, this approach provides only temporary improvement and can lead to other skin issues. If you want a long-lasting solution, but do not feel ready to undergo surgery, laser skin resurfacing may be your best option.
If blemishes, acne scars, or wrinkles are making you self-conscious, laser resurfacing can give you smooth, healthy-looking skin with boosted elasticity. Talk to your doctor to learn how this treatment can help you.
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