What should I expect before, during, and after the laser resurfacing procedure?

After your initial consultation with the physician, you will be given several papers with which to familiarize yourself. These include consent forms, and pre- and post-operative expectation forms. If you then decide to schedule a laser procedure, you will need to come in to the office to finalize your pre-operative preparations. At this time, you will also consult with our esthetician and receive several necessary prescriptions.

A few days after the procedure, and while the skin is rebuilding from the bottom up, some weeping will occur as new collagen is formed by the dermal layer. Minimal to moderate postoperative swelling will occur. Dressings or ointments are used to cover the treated areas and speed the healing process. As the skin heals, the fresh new skin will have a pink quality which will fade over a period of several months. This is easily camouflaged by makeup which can usually be applied in 6-10 days, depending upon your skin’s response to treatment. All laser resurfacing procedures are performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis.