Prior to laser skin resurfacing, you will be placed on a series of treatments to prepare your skin for the laser procedure. This usually starts six weeks before your procedure. The treatments are customized to your skin type, and are designed to help you get the best results form the procedure while minimizing any complications.
To help reduce discomfort, you may receive sedation and your skin may be numbed with local anesthetics. If extensive laser resurfacing is planned, or it is in combination with other procedures, you may have general anesthesia. Following your procedure, Dr. Jimerson will prescribe medication to manage your discomfort.
There are two types of lasers that are used in skin resurfacing: a CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser and erbium. Both lasers work by vaporizing damaged skin cells.
Newer CO2 lasers use short, pulsed light energy or continuous light beams to precisely remove thin layers of skin, causing minimal damage to surrounding tissues.
Erbium lasers remove both superficial and moderately deep wrinkles in your face, as well as your neck, chest or hands.
After your procedure you will have specialized dressings placed in order to protect the treated tissues. To promote healing, additional dressings or specialized treatments may be required.