What are the best uses of laser resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing can include a wide variety of laser treatments done to improve the texture, color and look of the skin. While surgery is ideal for lifting skin, resurfacing is the best way to smooth out wrinkles, remove sun damage, and even out skin tones.
Fractional laser resurfacing provides rejuvenation with minimal downtime. Patients note that their skin texture is smoother and softer. Brown spots are lightened, skin tones are more uniform, and fine lines are softened. Some skin tightening occurs as well. Minimal improvement is seen with moderate or deep rhytids. With down time of less than a week, this is an ideal resurfacing procedure for those with an active lifestyle.
Traditional fully ablative CO2 laser provides more dramatic improvement than possible with fractional resurfacing. Moderate to even very deep rhytids can be softened if not eliminated. Even extremely sun damaged and aged skin can see dramatic improvement. Precancerous lesions are lessened or removed.
Downtime, however is up to two weeks. Only lighter skin types are typically amendable to traditional CO2 laser. Most patients will experience some skin lightening, and need to be careful about the sun.
Laser resurfacing can provide skin rejuvenation in different degrees; the choice depends on patient’s skin type, lifestyle and goals.