Laser skin resurfacing (LSR) is a procedure in which a concentrated laser light beam vaporizes the outermost layer of skin. This mechanism allows removal of skin to a precise depth. Unlike the chemical peel, LSR may be done at variable depths depending on the depth of the wrinkle or scar.
LSR is done in the office under local or IV anesthesia. Mild sedatives may be given when requested. The procedure usually takes an hour or less depending on the amount of area to be covered. You will return home shortly after LSR is completed.
LSR may be used for wrinkles, acne scars, scar revision, and splotchy discolorations. Mild to moderate depth wrinkles usually can be removed while deep wrinkles can be softened. Lines around the eyes and mouth area are most requested for LSR. When a full face LSR is performed – the skin of the entire face is tightened. This resembles the improvements of facelift surgery in the face.