Dr. Schuman

Cosmetic Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing
Cosmetic skin resurfacing removes sun damaged skin, wrinkles, and other facial blemishes. The process involves using a CO2 laser which removes the problem areas layer by layer. This process is most commonly used to remove fine lines especially around the eyes and mouth, and to soften the appearance of deep creases on the face (some of which are sometimes affectionately known as smile lines.) Laser resurfacing is also effective in treating aras of uneven pigmentation, pock marks, moles and facial scars. It may be performed on the whole face or in a specific regions. The subsequent healing provides a smoother, tighter, younger-looking skin surface, and a significant improvement in the quality of the skin.

How the Laser works
Laser resurfacing is performed using a beam of laser energy for a Carbon Dioxide laser which vaporizes the upper layers of damaged skin at specific and controlled levels of penetration. It is clear that laser resurfacing may offer a number of advantages over the other resurfacing methods: precision, little (if any) bleeding, little (if any) bruising, and less post-operative discomfort. First, the outer layers of damaged skin are removed. Then the activated laser beam is carefully passed over the underlying skin causing the collagen fibers to contract. As the new cells form during the healing process, the new skin has a smoother, tighter and more youthful appearance.

Here’s an example of some of the exciting benefits that we can offer our patients through the use of laser surgery: