Overview of Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing may be used to treat wrinkles, scars from acne and chicken pox, and blemishes caused by aging or sun exposure. In this procedure, a laser is used to destroy flawed skin cells, which are then replaced naturally by new skin cells. The laser allows for precise control of the treatment. Laser resurfacing usually takes 30 to 60 minutes to perform. Most patients do not experience pain or bleeding during the procedure.

Immediately following laser resurfacing, risks include redness, crusting, swelling, or oozing. Physicians often apply ointment and bandages to the treatment area to keep it moist. Patients should avoid the sun while healing and use sunblock after the recovery period (generally about 3 months). Complications are rare; however patients may lose some of their natural coloring following treatment.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 27 Jul 2006

Last Modified: 19 Nov 2014