Time and the environment are primary causes for collagen (the main protein of connective tissue that keeps your skin full and healthy looking) production to decline. Laser treatment for skin resurfacing uses beamlets of energy light to bore tiny holes in the skin, which works to put the body’s natural collagen production on fast-forward.
There are 2 types of laser skin resurfacing; with the first type, laser resurfacing is done uniformly across your skin, similar to deeper chemical peels or dermabrasion. In the second type, commonly referred to as fractional resurfacing, the laser bores tiny holes into the deeper layers of your skin.
With uniform skin resurfacing, the surgeon has greater control to the depth of the procedure however, it does impact the entire surface being treated. With fractional resurfacing there is less chance of surface damage yet can result in deeper tissue complications that may result in scars.
Laser resurfacing can be used to treat a wide array of facial skin conditions, including fine wrinkles around mouth and eyes, aging skin, and to soften or reduce some scars such as acne or chicken pox. Laser skin resurfacing can also lessen deeper wrinkles but will not erase them completely.
Dr. Walker will work with you to determine if resurfacing is a good option for you. She will evaluate your skin type, the severity of any sun damage, the extent of uneven pigmentation, and the depth of skin imperfections.