Laser Skin Surgery

Laser treatments are an important tool to improve the appearance of the face. Resurfacing the exterior layer of the facial skin with a laser can reduce wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and forehead. It can also be effective in treating sun damage, acne scars and uneven pigmentation. Laser resurfacing can be performed in conjunction with a facelift, eyelid surgery, or other procedures. Your physician may also discuss various chemical peels or dermabrasion to address these issues.

Laser Surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis. Depending on the type of laser used and the depth of the treatment, laser treatments can be performed with topical ointment anesthetics, sedation, or full general anesthesia, especially when combined with other surgical procedures. During the procedure, the laser safely removes damaged skin layer by layer. During the healing process, new cells form, producing a smoother, younger-looking skin surface. The laser penetrates to a precise, controlled depth, reducing the risk of scarring or pigmentation problems.

Laser treatments are frequently classified as ablative or non-ablative. Ablative laser treatments are more aggressive in terms of treating deeper, stubborn wrinkles and are performed in the operating room under full anesthesia. After an ablative laser resurfacing, the new skin heals over the next 5-10 days and may have a pinkish coloration for a few weeks, easily covered up with light makeup. Non-ablative laser are an excellent option for patients with somewhat darker skin or wrinkles which are not as deep. The more minimally invasive fractional laser resurfacing  treatments offered at the Emory Aesthetic Center have much less downtime, are performed with topical, local anesthesia, and can be repeated if desired to maximize effect.

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