Laser skin resurfacing, skin care, Birmingham, Alabama, plastic surgery

Laser resurfacing can give excellent results in treating fine superficial wrinkles around the mouth, eyes & cheeks. It is a treatment to improve skin texture for whole or partial face with the removal of acne scars, blemishes, multiple lines and sun-damaged skin. The top layers of damaged and wrinkled skin are removed revealing a younger and more youthful appearance.

Deep laugh and frown creases can be softened, some acne and surgical scars can be minimized, fine lines around the eyes and mouth can be smoothed. The laser can also be used in conjunction with face lifts and eyelid surgery to smooth any fine lines that would normally remain.

Reasons for Considering Laser Skin Resurfacing:

General Procedure

First, the face is cleansed of oils in order to prepare for the laser procedure, and an antibiotic ointment is applied. The laser is then used to ablate various layers of skin in a controlled manner until the appropriate depth of skin is reached. This procedure is commonly performed with a local anesthetic, with or without sedation.

Recovery Process

Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. Antibiotic cream and bandages are applied to the affected area immediately following surgery in order to aid with the healing process, to minimize swelling, and to control the risk of infection. The skin will be red and may ooze. Some discomfort should also be expected.

Any pain associated with the surgery can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions. Recovery time varies with the extent of the resurfacing and the number of procedures completed.

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