Laser Skin ResurfacingLaser resurfacing is a cosmetic technique that can treat a variety of superficial imperfections on the skin. Dr. Michalak may recommend it for conditions such as fine lines, acne scars or pigmentation problems.
The procedure removes the outermost layers of skin, which stimulates the healing process so that new, brighter skin may emerge.
When to Consider Laser Skin Resurfacing
Your laser treatment can be designed to treat particular skin conditions that bother you. Some common indications include:
- Wrinkles near the eyes or mouth
- Age spots or uneven pigmentation
- Scars from acne or injury
Some patients with olive or dark skin may have an increased risk for pigmentation changes, so laser resurfacing may not be recommended. Others who are prone to abnormal scarring may also be contraindicated for this treatment. During a consultation at Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology of Issaquah, the doctor can determine if laser treatment is a suitable treatment for you.
If you’re considering laser treatment, it’s important to realize that it may improve your appearance, but it cannot completely remove all signs of aging. To promote long lasting results, Dr. Michalak may suggest a specific post-treatment routine for skin care and sun protection.
What to Expect During Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser treatment is often completed in less than one hour with the patient under local anesthesia. During treatment, Dr. Michalak applies the activated laser carefully across your skin, which can ablate the skin to remove flaws. After the procedure, Dr. Michalak may treat your skin by applying protective cream or ointment. In some cases, a protective bandage is applied over the treated area for about one week.
After Laser Resurfacing: What to Expect for Recovery
After a thorough skin resurfacing procedure, you may experience some swelling and discomfort. Dr. Michalak may advise you on controlling these effects with ice packs or a medication. The doctor will also instruct you on caring for your skin with bandages, ointment and regular cleansing.
Do you need more information about laser skin resurfacing? Schedule a consultation at our practice in Issaquah to discuss the details of this procedure. Please dial 425-391-2500 extension 7 for Genie, our cosmetic patient coordinator.