Being outside on a sunny day is a wonderful experience, and the sun does have its benefits. But with the sun’s benefits come some penalties, and one of them is skin damage caused by ultraviolet rays.
Two types of ultraviolet rays are the problem. Ultraviolet A is the radiation that causes skin to age prematurely and can pass through clouds and window glass. Ultraviolet B is the radiation that causes sunburn and is blocked by glass and clouds. More and more, our doctors are turning to laser skin resurfacing to correct skin damage caused by too much sun.
What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
During laser resurfacing, short, intense pulses of light are sent to the area to be treated. The damaged skin is removed one layer at a time, and the healthy skin around it is left untouched. The accuracy of modern lasers also reduces the risk of discoloration and stimulates the body to produce new skin and new collagen, which is an elastic layer beneath the skin that keeps it supple.
What laser skin resurfacing can improve
- Fine lines or wrinkles around or under your eyes or forehead
- Facial sun damage
- Uneven pigmentation
- Superficial scarring
- Crow’s feet
- Smile lines
What Happens During Laser Skin Resurfacing Consultations?
As with any other medical procedure, clients have a consultation with our experts to see if they’re a good candidate. Consultations can take place at any of our convenient PSS office locations. Our doctors will evaluate the patients health and history to confirm laser skin resurfacing is right for them.
The Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure
Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure and can be performed on certain areas of the face or the entire face. If it’s being performed on specific areas of the face, the doctor numbs the areas with a topical anesthetic. If the entire face is being treated, the patient may need to go under general anesthesia. A small area takes about 30 to 45 minutes to treat, while the entire face can take about two hours.
Aftercare for Laser Skin Resurfacing
The patient goes home soon after the procedure. The treated area needs to be kept clean and medicated with ointment to prevent scabbing. Swelling is normal, and the doctor may prescribe medications to control it. They may also prescribe antibiotics.
Call Us at PSS for Laser Skin Resurfacing
Has your skin suffered sun damage? Laser resurfacing may be exactly what you need. Call 410-841-5355 now for a consultation at our offices in Annapolis, Easton and Prince Frederick.