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What should I expect during laser skin resurfacing procedure?

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Laser resurfacing is done by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. It's an outpatient procedure, meaning you won't have to stay overnight.

The doctor may treat wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, or forehead individually or treat your entire face. For small areas, the doctor will numb the areas to be treated with a local anesthetic and may also sedate you. You may require general anesthesia if your whole face is being treated.

Treating just parts of the face takes about 30 to 45 minutes. A full-face treatment takes up to two hours.

Following the laser procedure, the doctor will bandage the treated areas. After 24 hours, you will need to clean the treated areas four to five times a day and then apply an ointment such as petroleum jelly to prevent scabs from forming.

From: Laser Skin Resurfacing WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: "Skin Resurfacing."

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: "Laser Facial Resurfacing."

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: "Facial Peels And Laser Surgery."

Penn Medicine: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

Cosmeticsurgery.com: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

FDA

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Laser skin resurfacing cost."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: "Skin Resurfacing."

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: "Laser Facial Resurfacing."

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: "Facial Peels And Laser Surgery."

Penn Medicine: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

Cosmeticsurgery.com: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

FDA

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Laser skin resurfacing cost."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 25, 2019

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