Who is a candidate for laser resurfacing?
Those people who have wrinkles, scars, visible blood vessels, dark spots, or loose skin on their face and/or neck may be a candidate for this procedure.
How long will it last?
Laser resurfacing sets the clock back five to ten years, and then the gravity process associated with aging begins again. It is important to protect your face and neck from the sun.
Do you have to laser all of your face and neck?
No, you can do just the areas that are of greatest concern. The physician will discuss what is best for your particular situation. The physician may suggest a combination of procedures for you.
Is the procedure done in the office?
For safety purposes it is performed in a surgical facility as an outpatient. The physicians usually request the procedure to be performed with general anesthesia or IV sedation. You would go home a couple of hours after the surgery. Following a laser resurfacing, the surgeon usually sees you the next day for a post-op visit.
Are there any restrictions after surgery?
Keeping the head elevated is a must the week after surgery. You would need to sleep in a recliner or pile pillows up to keep your head above your heart. Lifting will be restricted to a gallon of milk or a six pack of soda for a least a week. It is important not to raise your heart rate or blood pressure to keep the amount of swelling to a minimum.
What are the risks or complications?
There is the possibility of infection, swelling, pigmentation irregularities, and skin texture changes. Burns and scarring are the possible risks that are very unlikely. If you are a smoker, you must quit for at least two weeks before surgery because of a greater risk of scarring, poor healing, and skin loss.
What kind of results can I expect?
The plan is to make you look as good as we can FOR YOUR AGE by improving your skin condition and overall appearance. Some wrinkles as well as loose skin may remain.