What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing or CO2 laser resurfacing is a technologically advanced way to rejuvenate your appearance. Dr. Meger uses Erbium Beam and Fraxel lasers to correct scars and blemishes and reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. The lasers used by Dr. Meger in the Phoenix and Scottsdales area, offer precision resurfacing, even in delicate or sensitive areas.
Also known as a laser peel, the treatment uses a pulsating laser beam to remove the epidermis while heating the skin underneath. In turn, the process encourages the growth of new collagen, thereby making the skin smoother and more toned.
What Facial or Skin Conditions Can Be Treated with Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing can effectively treat such dermatological conditions as the following:
- Fine lines or wrinkles in the areas around the mouth, forehead, or eyes
- Sun-damaged skin, including liver spots
- Warts or birthmarks
- Enlarged pores, especially on the nose
- Acne scars
What Is Involved in the Process?
To prepare for laser resurfacing, several skin treatments may be scheduled before the therapy. Generally, the first treatment will take place about a month and a half ahead of the laser peel. On the day of your appointment, the doctor may administer a local anesthetic. A sedative may be given as well. Eye protection is usually provided, and the face is cleaned prior to the therapy.
How Are Individual Lasers Used?
A Fraxel CO2 laser, which is used for a variety of skin conditions, is designed to deliver an ultra-pulsed and uniform light, thereby removing the skin’s superficial layer with less risk of tissue damage. If a Phoenix and Scottsdale patient exhibits deeper wrinkling or lines, then an Erbium beam laser is generally used. The laser can also be used for the hands, chest, or neck.
How Long Does the Process Take?
Generally, laser resurfacing takes about 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the size of the area being treated.
What Is Involved in the After-Care?
After the therapy is completed, a dressing is applied to protect the treatment site. To encourage healing, the doctor will typically prescribe or recommend a topical treatment or facial cream.
To schedule a consultation for Laser Skin Resurfacing with Dr. Meger in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area, please call us at 602-957-6000.