I’m in my early thirties and am considering getting a laser skin resurfacing procedure done. I’d like to know a bit more about the procedure such as the average time it takes and possible side effects.
Laser skin resurfacing in our practice is performed with a fractionated CO2 laser. There are many different lasers and all of them can have different degrees of improvement and downtime. Even with the fractionated CO2 the treatment can be tailored to the individual patient’s needs and limitations for down-time. The down-time can be as little as about 5 days and as much as about 2 weeks. The risks are minimal as the laser leaves microscopic areas of untreated skin for healing, but they include, scarring, infection, pigmentation alterations, milia, acne, redness, itching etc.
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