Facial Lasering

| March 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Patients often ask, “Why laser treatments?” The short answer is that facial lasering can vastly improve the appearance of the face. Specifically, laser treatments are used to target, improve, or even eradicate a host of facial skin issues. The affects of fine lines, sun damage, age, freckles, acne, liver spots, irregular skin pigmentation, rough skin and scaly patches and scars can be
addressed through several facial lasering options.

Laser resurfacing can improve the appearance of specific regions of the face, such as the upper lip and around the eyes. Laser and light treatments, or specially formulated chemical peels, resurface the skin produce the results a  patient desires.

Choosing facial lasering is a very personalized decision and depends on the individual skin condition of each patient. Other considerations include how much improvement you desire, and how much recovery time you can afford. A medical approach is necessary to achieve optimum results. Your plastic surgeon can identify and recommend a skin care plan that benefits your specific skin and meets your desired expectations.

Your plastic surgeon will also discuss the intricacies of various facial lasering techniques. The benefits of this type of cosmetic application become evident when explained during a thorough consultation. Two popular techniques are described below:

CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Targeting imperfections and irregularities is the goal of facial lasering. CO2 laser resurfacing has been used for years to treat various skin concerns including wrinkles, scars, warts, birthmarks, enlarged oil glands on the nose, skin cancer and other conditions. CO2 laser resurfacing uses very short pulsed light energy or continuous light beams delivered in a scanning pattern
to very precisely remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage to the surrounding structures.

Erbium Laser Resurfacing

Erbium Laser Resurfacing is designed to remove superficial and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, neck, or chest. One of the benefits of erbium laser resurfacing is minimal burning of surrounding tissue. This laser causes minimal side effects such as swelling, bruising and redness. Recovery time is one week in most cases, with notable improvements evident.

When used in conjunction with a medically supervised skin care regimen, facial lasering can peel away years of stress and enhance a patient’s overall countenance. Consider also the benefits of facial peeling, which may be a precursor to or used in conjunction with laser resurfacing.

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