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Does Laser Resurfacing Work?

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Yes, laser resurfacing does work to make the skin look younger, tighter and cleaner but only to a certain extent.

According to the American Dermatological Society, laser resurfacing is effective in improving the following conditions: erasing fine lines and wrinkles; evening out the skin tone by removing brown spots, scars and blotchiness; and smoothening and tightening the eyelid skin[1].  Even skin that has become non-responsive can be treated by laser resurfacing, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons[2]. Laser resurfacing also works in removing certain types of warts and birthmarks as well as for large pores and oil glands found on the nose[3].

How Laser Resurfacing Works

Laser resurfacing is essentially a skin treatment that uses laser light beams that are emitted from a wand-like device that is pointed on to the skin to be treated. The laser beams have the ability to remove layers of the skin that contain your flaws or imperfections. After these layers of skin are removed, a new and clean surface is revealed. There are various types of laser resurfacing. In particular, these are the ablative, non-ablative and fractional laser resurfacing.

What sets laser resurfacing apart from other skin procedures and treatments is that it is relatively quick and painless. After the procedure, your skin will require less healing time because of the precision of this new technology. Because of the precise way in which the laser light beams are targeted at the skin, only the exact areas and layers of the skin that require treatment are removed.

The Limitations of Laser Resurfacing

It must be noted however that despite the popularity and acclaim that this treatment has been receiving currently, laser resurfacing cannot repair and treat all skin conditions. Laser resurfacing is still not a replacement for undergoing a facelift if your skin is excessively wrinkled or sagging[4].  This treatment is more suited for skin that has suffered mild to moderate aging or damage. It is however a good way to supplement chemical peels and other skin procedures.

 

Resources

[1]“Laser Resurfacing Information.” ASDS – American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Web. 13 May 2011. <http://www.asds.net/LaserResurfacingInformation.aspx>.

[2]“Laser Skin Resurfacing.” The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Web. 13 May 2011. <http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Cosmetic-Procedures/Laser-Skin-Resurfacing.html>.

[3] “Laser Skin Resurfacing.” The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Web. 13 May 2011. <http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Cosmetic-Procedures/Laser-Skin-Resurfacing.html>.

[4]“Laser Resurfacing Information.” ASDS – American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Web. 13 May 2011. <http://www.asds.net/LaserResurfacingInformation.aspx>.

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