Laser Resurfacing can treat not only wrinkles but also sun-damaged
skin, growths, acne scarring, and other conditions. Resurfacing
lasers have for the most part replaced chemical peels and dermabrasion.
The precision of these lasers have enabled doctors to remove tissue
precisely, without blood, and to a desired depth. They also tighten
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Laser Resurfacing does have its disadvantages, depending on post
operative care and depth of the resurface, healing times may be
long (up to 30 days or longer). Redness, infection and undesirable
results due to limited experienced physicians performing the procedure
are all possible.
The Erbium and the CO2 laser are used for skin resurfacing.
The difference between the two lies in depth penetration. The CO2
laser is more powerful, in experienced hands will produce great
results. The Ebrium has the same properties as a CO2 but
has limited depth penetration, limiting its effectiveness.
The Erbium laser is said to be safer, faster healing, less
redness, and less scarring than the CO2. This is true because
the less the skin is penetrated the quicker the healing time and
the less the chances of scarring and complications.
Laser resurfacing has its benefits of tightening the skin, reducing
wrinkles, removing scars and blemishes but it is an operation and
has risks. If post operative care is not followed carefully, scarring,
infection and color changes will appear rendering the procedure