Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser facial resurfacing is a nonsurgical treatment for wrinkles, lines, and blemishes that is also often effective in treating facial scars caused by acne, chicken pox, and injury. It can be more effective than Botox, fillers, and chemical peels for restoring facial skin, because lasers can target specific areas and the depth of penetration can be adjusted from one area to the next. Laser facial resurfacing can be one of the most effective treatments for deep wrinkles, especially in delicate, sensitive areas around the eyes and lips. It can dramatically enhance the results of a face-lift or cosmetic eye surgery (blepharoplasty).
Kaiser Permanente Cosmetic Services centers use CO2 lasers, which emit a precisely controlled laser beam directly onto your damaged skin. The CO2 laser vaporizes the outermost layer of skin to promote the growth of new, healthy skin cells. At the same time, the treatment can improve your skin's texture by shrinking the collagen contained in it. A consultation with your doctor will determine the area of treatment, the amount of surface skin to be removed, and the depth of penetration needed to achieve your desired results.
Laser facial resurfacing can be performed on an outpatient basis with IV sedation, depending on the extent of the treatment. You may need to use ointment or bandages to protect your skin after treatment. Recovery times vary with each procedure.
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