Beautiful, smooth, blemish- and discoloration-free skin can help any person look and feel more attractive. Unfortunately, very few people are blessed with perfect skin, especially as they age.
Luckily, plastic surgeons today, can offer a patient a number of different solutions that can help improve the appearance of his or her skin.
One of the newest treatments is laser skin resurfacing, which is also sometimes referred to as a laser peel, lasabrasion or laser vaporization.
Laser resurfacing offers excellent results for candidates looking to get rid of minor wrinkles, blemishes and skin discolorations.
In this type of resurfacing of the skin, a plastic surgeon uses short pulses of concentrated laser light to remove blemishes or other irregular features from the epidermis, which is the top layer of the skin.
Because the laser removal is very precise, there is less chance that the patient will suffer hypopigmentation, which is unwanted lightening of the skin, than he or she would if she were to undergo a chemical peel or microdermabasion.
However, laser skin resurfacing still works best on patients with fair skin, as those with tan or naturally dark skin may have some noticeable lightening of the skin.
In addition to having fair coloration, the best candidates for laser resurfacing should also have skin that is not oily and that is generally healthy and free of active acne. Potential laser resurfacing candidates should also have skin that is not prone to scarring.
Patients that are taking medications should check with their doctors before considering laser skin resurfacing to make sure there will be no adverse reactions. In addition, patients should be aware that they may need several or more days to recover from the procedure.
Conditions that respond well to laser resurfacing of the skin include fine lines, mild acne or chickenpox scars, discolorations, such as birthmarks and liver spots, that are minor, as well as warts. Laser resurfacing can also be used to help people that have enlarged oil glands on their noses.