Laser Skin Resurfacing Surgery
Although there is not cutting or sewing, this is a surgical procedure performed by James M. Shaw, MD. General anesthesia is best for treatment of the entire face. Laser resurfacing of smaller treatment areas can be performed with the patient under IV sedation. The laser will strip away the epidermis or the outer layer of dry skin and then shrink the next layer. Initially, the face is red and swollen with some fluid seeping. Ointment is applied until the new outer layer of skin grows back, which is usually five or six days. Once the new skin has healed, sunscreen and makeup can be applied. This treated area will be pink and this will lighten over the next three to six weeks.
You will want to gently wash your face two or three times a day after laser resurfacing. Ointment can be applied as often as necessary to keep the skin surface from becoming too dry. Itching can be bothersome at night. Benadryl is very helpful to ease the itching and can be a bit sedating at night.