This is a laser treatment for your skin. It sends heat into the skin's middle layer, called the "dermis." It tightens this layer and stimulates the growth of collagen. That's a protein that gives your skin its strength and structure. Laser resurfacing can treat wrinkles, scars and other skin problems.
To begin, your skin is cleansed. It may be numbed with a topical anesthetic.
Then, a laser is passed over your skin. Several overlapping passes are needed. The laser safely passes through your skin's outer layer. The laser heats the dermis. That promotes collagen production.
When the treatment is finished, your skin may be cooled with cold compresses and covered with a topical medication or ointment. Your skin may be red, and it may feel tender. Your healthcare provider will give you tips to help your recovery.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.