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Laser Skin Resurfacing, also known as Laser Peel, removes a layer of skin to stimulate the natural regeneration of skin cells. This procedure takes years off the skin, removing the effects of sun, environmental pollutants, wrinkles, etc. Laser skin resurfacing essentially removes the imperfect upper layers of your skin, replacing them with new skin cells.

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

As we age, our skin bears the imprints of environmental factors like pollution and sun damage, leading to wrinkles, pigmented lesions, discoloration, and sunspots. Laser skin resurfacing is the best way to address all of these problems. It removes a layer of skin, the depth of which is determined by your physician, depending on your expectations and current skin condition. In addition to removing the upper layers of the skin, it also facilitates collagen production, improving your skin’s density, strength, and volume. By removing the upper layers of the skin, the laser triggers your skin’s regenerative properties, encouraging it to produce new skin cells. As such, the new skin appears fresh and healthy, liberated from years of sun damage.

What does Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?

Laser skin resurfacing treats various skin conditions, including uneven skin texture, sun spots, scars, deep wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, and scaly spots or patches (actinic keratosis). 

What Areas of the Body Can be Treated with Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing can treat the skin on any part of the body. However, the parts of your body most in need of a laser peel are your face, neck, and hands, since they’re constantly exposed to the sun.

What are the Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing?

  • Natural Appearance: Removes the upper layer of the skin to stimulate natural skin regeneration and collagen formation. As such, laser skin resurfacing’s results look natural.
  • Non-Invasive: There’s no need for surgeries, incisions, stitches, or scarring. Laser skin resurfacing is a non-surgical and non-invasive means of improving your skin’s quality.
  • Quick & Efficient: Even the deepest laser skin resurfacing procedures conclude well within an hour, and most treatments only need one session.
  • Safe: Laser skin resurfacing is a completely safe procedure. There are no side effects or complications besides redness and sensitivity for a few days.

How does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?

The laser skin resurfacing treatment channels laser energy into your skin to remove the upper layers of the skin, as determined by the doctor. The laser energy triggers collagen formation and skin cell regeneration, leading to the formation of new and youthful skin.

During the procedure, the doctor will clean your skin and provide safety glasses to protect your eyes. The cosmetic surgeon will hold the laser peel device over your skin, gradually moving it around the targeted region.

Depending on the size of the targeted skin, the procedure may take 15 to 30 minutes. Most laser skin resurfacing treatments produce significant results in a single session. However, in some cases, your doctor may recommend multiple sessions.

Laser skin resurfacing is a comfortable procedure. In most cases, the doctor will apply an anesthetic ointment to prevent sensation. However, if you need a deep treatment, your cosmetic surgeon may also inject local anesthesia. 

What is Recovery Like from Laser Skin Resurfacing?

You will experience some redness and burning sensations immediately after the treatment. You will feel sunburnt. Your doctor may prescribe some topical ointments with an analgesic effect to minimize discomfort. Depending on the intensity of the treatment, the irritation and sensitivity will recede over 3 to 4 days. In most cases, you can resume daily activities once your skin heals. Please note that your skin will be extremely sensitive to UV light, so you should avoid sunlight. Your doctor will discuss the specifics of post-operative care during your consultation.

You can start using makeup once the upper layer of your skin regrows and heals, which may take roughly one week. You will start noticing the treatment’s results after a week once your new skin comes out. Deeper laser skin resurfacing treatments will also stimulate collagen formation, the results of which will become evident in 4 to 6 months. As such, you can expect to continue seeing results for several months.

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Why Choose Austin Face & Body for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

If you’re unhappy with your skin’s appearance, consult our expert cosmetic surgeons at Austin Face & Body. We customize all our treatment plans to your specific needs, recommending the ideal cosmetic treatments for your condition, whether laser skin resurfacing or any other. For more information, please schedule an appointment online or call 512-559-3544.

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