What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing uses lasers to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars, even skin pigmentation, tighten skin, and remove lesions, both benign (non-cancerous) and malignant.

The laser technique directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin. Laser skin resurfacing removes skin very precisely, layer-by-layer, resulting in fewer problems with hypopigmentation (lightening of skin). This popular procedure is known by several other names, including lasabrasion, laser peel, or laser vaporization.

Who is a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing?

You may be an ideal candidate for laser skin resurfacing if you have:

  • Scars from acne
  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Non-responsive skin after a facelift
  • Fine lines or wrinkles around or under the eyes, forehead, or mouth

You may not be an ideal candidate if you have active acne or if you have very dark skin.

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