A laser resurfacing treatment in Los Angeles is used for reducing facial wrinkles, blemishes, or acne scars. Skin is precisely removed layer by layer by the concentrated beams of light. This kind of treatment is good for treating fine lines or acne scars. However, if you have a darker skin tone or active acne this procedure is not for you. CO2 Laser resurfacing has been used for years to successfully treat many skin conditions.
Laser skin resurfacing is an outpatient procedure, and how long it takes is relative to the amount of damage and the areas being treated. Anesthesia is administered for intravenous sedation, a.k.a. twilight sleep. The CO2 laser allows us to use a high-energy beam to vaporize scars, lines, wrinkles, and other skin imperfections, layer by layer. The laser affords a level of precision, control, and accuracy not available by other methods.
There are several different lasers used in laser resurfacing. Which laser is used for your skin resurfacing procedure will be determined by Dr. Mark Youssef after discussing and evaluating your particular needs. The different types of lasers are all designed to target specific damage. During your consultation, the doctor will evaluate the extent of damage you have and lay out a laser resurfacing treatment plan specifically tailored for you.
Although laser resurfacing treatments carry less risk of complications than other procedures, they do have side effects. Redness may last from two to four weeks, on average. The most common side effects are hyper or hypo pigmentation, which are more common in patients with darker skin types as typically come with Mediterranean, Asian, and South American ancestry. Your skin may stay pink for some time after the laser resurfacing. If red/pinkness persists, Dr. Youssef will evaluate your need for melanin suppressors to help your color return to normal.