The facial skin is the most delicate skin of the entire body. Because of its delicacy, the aging process, environmental factors, sun damage, and stress all affect the appearance of the face. Wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin tone, acne scars, and skin irregularities all contribute to people feeling self-conscious about putting their face forward. Laser resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure used to enhance the facial appearance by reversing these negative signs and revealing new skin. “Laser” stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, and laser resurfacing uses concentrated pulsating beams of light to treat specific skin cells to reverse damage.
Both women and men are good candidates for laser resurfacing to reduce the appearance of unwanted marks and pigmentation. The only patients who are generally not good candidates are those with very dark skin and those with severe acne. Laser resurfacing poses the risk that dark skin will lighten in small spots, leaving an uneven skin tone behind. Those with very dark skin should discuss specific options with a cosmetic surgeon. Those with severe acne will need to have successful acne treatment before laser resurfacing, otherwise the acne blemishes will become irritated, spread, and become more prone to scarring.
The most important component of any cosmetic procedure is choosing a board certified surgeon that you can trust. The facial area is extremely susceptible to damage, requiring expertise and precision. Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones of Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists is an experienced cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon who is uniquely skilled in enhancing the aesthetic features of the face, including the skin.
Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure that takes anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours, depending on the surface area to be treated. Anesthesia is given during the appointment, and patients are given instructions for at-home care during recovery. It is important that patients follow the instructions carefully to prevent scabbing from occurring, which can lead to scarring.
With all cosmetic procedures, the most important thing to consider is the skill and expertise of the doctor performing the procedure. Dr. Jones offers laser treatments to help patients look and feel both natural and elegant on the inside and outside. Contact Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists today to schedule a consultation.