Los Angeles Cosmetic Surgeon Answers Your Questions Regarding Laser Resurfacing

Published on July 18, 2014

Laser resurfacing is a treatment performed by Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Abergel to reduce facial wrinkles and skin irregularities, such as blemishes or acne scars. The technique aims short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, thereby accurately removing skin layer by layer.

Are you a good candidate?

If you have any of the following you may be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing:

  • Fine lines or wrinkles around your eyes or mouth or on your forehead;
  • Shallow scars from acne;
  • Non-responsive skin after a facelift.

If you currently have active acne, you may not be a candidate for laser resurfacing and it’s also not recommended for the removal of stretch marks.

How does it work?

The two types of lasers most commonly used in laser resurfacing are carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium, and they both vaporize skin cells damaged at the surface level.

CO2 Laser Resurfacing has been used for years to treat different skin issues, such as wrinkles, scars, warts and enlarged oil glands on the nose.
The newest version of this treatment uses very short pulsed light energy or continuous light beams that are delivered in a skimming configuration to remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage.

During laser resurfacing, your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon may treat individual wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, or forehead or treat your entire face. For smaller areas, the doctor will numb the areas to be treated with a local anesthetic or sedate you. You may be administered general anesthesia if your entire face is being resurfaced. If the doctor is just treating parts of your face, the procedure will take about 30 to 45 minutes. A full-face treatment may take up to two hours. Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure.

If you’d like to know if you’re a candidate for laser resurfacing call the office of Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. Abergel today to schedule a consultation.

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