Laser Resurfacing

A cosmetic procedure using lasers to ablate (remove) or non-ablatively (rejuvenate) the outer layers of skin. Ablative lasers remove a precise layer of skin, improving deeper wrinkles and scars. Non-ablative lasers stimulate collagen production, leading to firmer, smoother skin with less downtime.

Pros: Effective for deep wrinkles, scars, and sun damage (ablative), improves skin texture and tone (non-ablative), long-lasting results.

Cons: Discomfort during treatment, requires numbing cream or anesthesia (ablative), significant downtime for ablative procedures (healing and redness), potential for scarring.

Alternatives: Chemical peels, microneedling (for less dramatic results).

Recovery: Varies depending on the type of laser resurfacing – ablative lasers can cause redness, swelling, and crusting for weeks, non-ablative lasers typically have shorter downtime (a few days).

Disclaimer: This information is for general knowledge only and does not substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult a licensed dermatologist or esthetician to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs.