One of the most popular options in ablative (or wounding) skin resurfacing techniques
is laser resurfacing. It involves removing sun-damaged or tired-looking skin in order
to allow younger looking skin to develop and grow to take the place of the old skin.
It is a very effective treatment to deal with minor facial flaws.
For example, you can use laser resurfacing to lessen the appearance of crow’s feet
or fine lines around your eyes, and even those in your mouth and cheeks. If you’re
suffering from grayish or yellowish skin tones, this procedure can also significantly
improve your complexion.
Though it is effective for dealing with minor flaws in the face, the procedure has
its limitations. You need to know what you should realistically expect, as well as
the potential benefits and risks in doing this procedure before you decide whether
you should go for laser resurfacing.
Laser resurfacing is used in order to treat fine to :
• Moderate wrinkles
• Age spots (called solar lentigines) or liver spots
• Sun damaged skin
• Uneven skin tone
• Chicken pox or acne scars
However, it cannot remove deep wrinkles or eliminate sagging or excessive skin (called
The effects are also temporary; as you age, you will keep developing new laugh lines
or wrinkles. Remember that these lines usually result from your face’s natural movement,
such as when you smile or frown or squint. This is why you need to have regular laser
Risk And Side Effects?
As with all other ablative procedures, there are potential complications in this
procedure. One example is hypo pigmentation or hyper pigmentation. This means that
your skin tone would turn lighter or darker than normal, and may start about a month
after surgery and can last for several months. If you have dark skin tone to start
with, you are at increased risk of developing hyper pigmentation.
You may also be infected with the herpes virus, which causes cold sores. Most often,
this virus is already in your skin although dormant. Laser resurfacing only causes
this virus to suddenly flare up. If you already have a history of developing cold
sores or shingles, then your doctor might prescribe a medication which can prevent
these infections from developing after your laser resurfacing.
Other possible complications include acne flares, bacterial infection, scarring,
small white bumps, burns, dermatitis (inflammation of the skin) as well as prolonged
Types Of Laser Treatment
There are several types of lasers that you can use for wrinkle treatment, so make
sure you discuss your options with your doctor first. The newer lasers are less likely
to cause pigment changes or scarring, and often require a slightly shorter recovery
Once you have already decided on having laser resurfacing, you need to discuss your
medical history with your doctor. The usual question is whether you have a history
of keloids or scarring so that he or she will know how to deal with the possible
effect of laser resurfacing. Your doctor will also conduct a complete physical exam
to check that you are in good shape for this procedure.