The Lancaster General Health Experience
What to expect during laser skin resurfacing
Laser rejuvenation treatments occur over 60 days. Your experienced cosmetic surgeon will personalize a combination of laser treatments to create a tightened, toned, and soft look and feel personalized for your needs.
To achieve the results you desire, our cosmetic experts use a combination of three laser technologies:
- Pixel laser: creates thousands of microscopic perforations, stimulating new collagen to grow
- Alma laser: deep heating firms loose skin
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): pulses of light even out skin color and reduce tiny broken blood vessels
During the resurfacing procedure, your surgeon removes top skin layers and tightens lower layers by guiding an invisible carbon dioxide laser that rapidly evaporates water in the skin. This helps minimize wrinkles and improves skin irregularities, and creates less scarring and bruising than other resurfacing treatments.
We guide the lasers to an extremely accurate depth to target problem areas like fine lines around the eyes and mouth and achieve the best possible results
To prepare for treatments, your cosmetic surgeon may prescribe an antibiotic regimen, glycolic acid, and advise on special skin care instructions. If you have herpes, we may also recommend an antiviral medication to prevent a breakout.
While our laser treatments require some prep on your part, the rejuvenation program has little recovery time. Most patients return to daily activities immediately after a treatment session. You may have to avoid the sun or use sunblock.
Recovery time for our resurfacing treatment is more involved than recovery from the rejuvenation treatment. Your surgeon will cover your treatment area with a dressing. Because of the possibility of discomfort and swelling, you will need to arrange for a ride home after the procedure. As your skin heals, you will likely experience these side effects for several days following the procedure. Your surgeon may recommend pain medication and a special skin care regimen to facilitate the process.
Laser skin care risks
Our laser treatments are safe, comfortable and effective. You won’t need injections or surgery. You can avoid potential complications by carefully following your surgeon’s pre- and post-surgery instructions. There are a few risks to laser skin treatments, including:
- Burns from the laser’s heat
- Scars and skin pigmentation changes
- Herpes breakout, if you’re susceptible to infection
For more information or to schedule a laser treatment consultation, Contact us by filling out our online form or calling us at 717-291-5863.