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Laser Skin Resurfacing Fayetteville

Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that smooths the fine wrinkling (“crepe paper wrinkling”) that occurs with aging. The procedure makes the skin appear youthful and refreshed and can also reduce coloring irregularities to create a more homogenous appearance. After laser treatment the skin is tighter and small amounts of sagging can be improved, especially around the eyes.

Facial skin wrinkling occurs with aging and can also be increased by external factors such as sun exposure and tobacco exposure. Facial skin wrinkling can also result from shrinkage of the facial bones which also occurs with aging, especially in women. Another factor that can affect the facial skin is the constant action of the facial muscles which can cause fine skin wrinkling. The area around the mouth, under the eyes, and the area between the eyes are commonly affected. As the facial skin wrinkles the face appears aged and tired. Facial wrinkling also causes difficulty with make up application, especially around the mouth.

Laser skin resurfacing is sometimes performed with other procedures. A facelift is often performed with laser skin resurfacing. The facelift primarily treats the facial sagging while the laser treats the fine skin wrinkling. Other procedures that are often performed with laser skin resurfacing include rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), and breast augmentation.

One advantage of laser skin resurfacing over other methods of treating skin wrinkling is the accuracy of treatment. Consistent depth of treatment determines the final results after healing and this is a great advantage of the laser versus other methods of treatment. Another advantage of laser treatment is predictability. Although there are a number of lasers used to perform skin resurfacing, the carbon dioxide laser (CO2) is the standard by which all other lasers are judged. Moderns lasers for skin resurfacing allow precise control over the energy delivered to the skin thereby increasing precision.

Laser skin resurfacing does not require incisions and as a result the healing process is very brief. The outer layer of the skin (epidermis) is removed with the laser, and it quickly regenerates after the procedure. This usually occurs in five to seven days and at that time make-up can be applied. There is usually some redness (erythema) after surgery which resolves with time in most patients. The redness after laser skin resurfacing can usually be covered with base make-up. After the healing process is completed patients can be prescribed skin creams to maintain the smooth skin for many years. It is also advisable to avoid sun exposure as much as possible and routinely use sunscreens as well.