CO2 and Erbium laser skin resurfacing is a very efficient procedure to remove wrinkles, acne scars, blemishes, growths, and sun-damaged skin blemishes. The laser allows the body to produce new collagen and generate new skin. The result is usually “years younger” skin. Improvement continues as the aged and sun-damaged deep collagen areas continue to regenerate and repair for three to six months after treatment.

Laser skin resurfacing basics

How long will the improvement last?

No one can say for sure, but many laser physicians believe that you can expect the results to last for several years. How long may depend on your unique skin type and upon your post-treatment skin care. Think of the laser as “turning back the clock” so to speak, so that your skin again resembles its fresher appearance of years past. Your new skin remains dynamic and alive and it should take many years before your skin appearance manages to catch up with where it was before your treatment. Much depends on how carefully you protect your new skin from damaging sun-exposure. You have a second chance at slowing down the sunlight-related aging process.

How does laser resurfacing compare with chemical facial peeling?

Laser resurfacing may reduce wrinkles more dramatically than superficial or medium depth chemical facial peels. Laser resurfacing avoids potential heart rhythm disturbances, phenol absorption to the system and system wide toxicity of deep phenol peels.

Because laser resurfacing treats the skin a layer at a time, treatment depth can be precise to individual deep wrinkles and facial zones. Precise treatment depth should reduce the risk of tell-tale skin regimentation and scarring sometimes associated with deep phenol peels.

On the other hand, deep phenol peel may be the only method of completely eliminating all wrinkles with a single treatment. Few physicians are skillful enough to safely and routinely perform deep phenol peel with complete wrinkle elimination.

Who will benefit the most from laser resurfacing?

Good candidates for laser resurfacing include:

1. Medium complexion, the fairer the better.
2. No history of patient or family keloid history.
3. No Accutane use.
4. No radiation to face.
5. Have realistic and specific goals and expectations.

NB! Cigarette smokers and heavy drinkers may not experience quite as good results.

How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?

The personal satisfaction and long-lasting results you receive make laser resurfacing an outstanding cosmetic value. Fees may vary nationwide and also upon the areas treated, but in most cases the cost will be between $1,800 and $3,500.

Insurance does not cover costs of laser resurfacing. In cases where extremely droopy upper eyelid skin blocks your vision, removal of the skin may be covered by your health insurance or your Medicare policy.