Skin resurfacing is performed using lasers (CO2 and Erbium) or dermabrasion that remove the upper layers of the skin. This causes the growth of new skin cells and stimulates the skin to produce new collagen, with the new skin being tighter, having fewer wrinkles and having a more uniform youthful appearance.
Laser resurfacing or dermabrasion is performed under local anaesthesia with sedation or general anaesthetic as a day surgery procedure, and is usually performed at the same time as other facial surgery such as blepharoplasty or facelift surgery. After the procedure, there are dressings which stay on the face for 5-7 days. *The skin completely heals in 7-10 days, with most patients returning to work after 10-14 days. After resurfacing, the skin stays red for many weeks, although this can be disguised with special makeup. Pigmentation changes can occur after laser resurfacing or dermabrasion, and it is important to stay on a program of skin care for 2-3 months after the procedure. Many patients also benefit from a skin care program implemented prior to the procedure.
Laser resurfacing or dermabrasion produces a more dramatic improvement in appearance than other forms of resurfacing such as chemical peels, Dermaroller, or the medical grade Fraxel re:store DUAL laser. However, medical grade skin care, and treatments such as chemical peels, Dermaroller, or the medical grade Fraxel re:store DUAL laser can be useful if you cannot afford time off work, as there is no recovery time.
*Note results may vary from patient to patient