What is Laser Skin Resurfacing

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing

Patients dealing with minor acne scars, fine lines, and other blemishes may find that laser skin resurfacing is the best option for restoring a youthful glow. The non-invasive treatment is carried out for lasting results that require little to no downtime.

The Process

Patients can expect that laser skin resurfacing will take no more than half an hour up to twoLaser Skin Resurfacing hours if the entire face is being treated in one session. The type of treatment and lasers used will depend upon the areas being treated and the depth and discoloration of the blemish or wrinkle. Your esthetician may use a local anesthetic, numbing cream, or other means of reducing irritation during the treatment.

After Care

Upon completion of treatment at our Charleston office, you may experience redness and mild irritation similar to sunburn in the treated areas. It’s best to take the remainder of the day to rest and relax. You should avoid direct sun and exposure to chlorine and excessive sweating for at least a full day following treatment. After 24 hours, begin treating the area following your after-care instructions. You will need to clean the area 4-5 times a day and apply an ointment to prevent scabs from forming. In general the area will heal within ten days to two weeks.

Long-Term Care

Following laser resurfacing, it will take time for your skin to generate new cells, a process which develops a fresh, healthy glow. In the meantime, it will be important to use a high-SPF sunscreen to protect your skin. Once the treated areas are fully healed, you will be able to wear makeup and use your normal skin care products. Redness may take three to six months to fully disappear.

Cost of Laser Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing costs vary. Reach out to O’Neill to learn more.

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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