Most people look back on their teenage years fondly, but for some, the awkward, uncomfortable, and sometimes even painful memories of puberty are best left in the past. For those that dealt with years of chronic, inflammatory acne, however, this is not so easily done as leftover scarring becomes a constant reminder of their adolescence. Fortunately, laser skin resurfacing is an excellent treatment option for those looking to improve the appearance and texture of their skin and close that chapter forever.
What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing employs the use of a CO2 laser to address a variety of cosmetic skin concerns and is extremely beneficial in improving the appearance of acne scars. The procedure works by using the laser to remove the older, upper layers of skin from acne scarring, revealing newer, more youthful skin cells underneath. The heat from the CO2 laser also stimulates collagen production, which prompts the treated skin to heal in a smoother, more even appearance.
What Should I Expect from CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Because of the delicate nature of the face, the cosmetic surgeon will administer local anesthetic injections to the treatment areas as well as a numbing cream to ensure the patient’s comfort. Most patients describe that they feel more heat from the laser during the procedure than any pain. This feeling is carried over into recovery as you can expect the treated areas to feel similar to a sunburn. To ease this feeling, ice and a thick ointment are typically applied immediately after the procedure.
What Is Recovery Like After CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?
The procedure itself is speedy and low maintenance, however, there will likely be more downtime after the procedure. You should expect some redness and swelling around treated areas that can last up to two or three weeks, depending on your specific treatment and skin condition. As you begin the healing process, it is important to use any prescribed medications, ointments and ice on the treated areas to ensure proper healing. Many patients will quickly return to their normal daily activities with some adjustments after this initial stage of healing is complete.
Contact Us Today
If you are interested in learning more about what laser skin resurfacing can do for your acne scars, contact Lewen Cosmetic Center. Dr. Gregory D. Lewen’s highly specialized training in cosmetic laser surgery allows him to uniquely tailor your treatment plan and laser settings to meet your desired results. Men and women in Miami, Aventura, and the surrounding areas looking to reverse their skin damage are encouraged to visit us to begin loving the skin they’re in!