Many skin issues caused by sun damage, aging, scarring, acne, or wrinkles don't penetrate every layer of the skin. Laser skin resurfacing (also called skin photorejuvenation) uses PRP laser technology to remove layers of the skin safely, and with a high degree of precision. Removing these outer layers gets rid of some of the most damaged skin and triggers the skin healing process.
When your skin heals, the newer layers that form are tighter, brighter, and youthful, giving you a younger-looking, healthy glow with a minimally invasive procedure.
Laser resurfacing procedures are done by cosmetic dermatologists.
How involved the procedure is depends on whether the treatment is being done on a small area (most commonly around the eyes, nose, forehead, and mouth) or for the entire face. A full-face procedure may require general anesthesia, while smaller treatments can be done using local anesthetics.
A full-face photorejuvenation treatment takes up to two hours, while more localized treatments take around 30-45 minutes.
Following your laser procedure, the cosmetic dermatologist will bandage the treated areas. After the first 24 hours, the treated areas should be cleaned four to five times daily before applying an ointment to prevent scabs and scarring. Your dermatologist may prescribe a topical ointment for you, along with medications to help with swelling. Some swelling is normal as the skin heals.
As with any cosmetic dermatology procedure, results of skin photorejuvenation treatments vary. Smaller blemishes or paler pigmentation, for example, typically improve in appearance more readily. But even with darker spots or more significant blemishing, you will see more dramatic results than with topical skin treatments alone. Results are typically quite long-lasting. Most patients schedule several visits over a period of a few years to improve the longevity of results and manage the conditions being treated. Your dermatologist will let you know what results you might expect based on your skin condition and your unique treatment needs.
Your cosmetic dermatologist will alert you to some of the common risk factors for successful healing after your procedure. Some of the risk factors that impact the healing process after laser resurfacing include:
If you have any of these risk factors, it's still possible to complete the procedure safely. Your dermatologist may prescribe medications for before and after the procedure to help prevent healing issues and aid the healing process. You may need to make minor lifestyle changes in the days leading up to the procedure to give your body time to adjust.