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Laser Facial Resurfacing

Procedure :

Smooth the face and smooth fine wrinkles using a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser device that treats layers of damaged skin. Softens lines around the eyes and mouth and minimizes facial scars and unevenly pigmented areas.


Length :

A few minutes to 1 hour. May require more than 1 session.


Anesthesia :

Local with sedation, or general.


In/Outpatient :

Usually outpatient, unless combined with other surgical procedures that require hospitalization.


Side Effects :

Temporary swelling, discomfort. Lightening of treated skin. Acute sun sensitivity. Increased sensitivity to makeup. Pinkness or redness in skin that may persist for up to 6 months.


Risks :

Burns or injuries caused by laser heat. Scarring. Abnormal changes in skin color. Flare-up of viral infections ("cold sores") and other infections (rare).


Recovery :

Back to work: 2 weeks. More strenuous activities: 4-6 weeks. Complete fading of redness: 6 months or less. Return of pigmentation/light sun exposure: 6-12 months.


Duration of Results :

Long lasting, but does not stop aging. New wrinkles, expression lines may form as skin ages.