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What Laser Skin Resurfacing Can and Cannot Do 
by Robbi Erickson October 13, 2005

How is Laser Skin Resurfacing Done?

The laser treatment begins by preparing the skin with a solution or gel that helps to minimize burning and scarring. As the laser is applied to target areas the concentrated light beam destroys the outer layer of skin, and the dead cells are either vacuumed away or gently swabbed away. Depending on the depth of penetration that is needed several passes may be needed to remove or treat various levels of skin strata. The tightening effect of laser skin resurfacing occurs because the new layer of skin that is now exposed grow in response to a healing process that in turn produces a tighter, more youthful appearance with fewer blemishes and free from sun and weather damage.

What Laser Skin Resurfacing Can Do

While nothing is 100% effective in turning back the hands of time, laser skin resurfacing, when preformed by a skilled professional, can help reduce mild, moderate, and even deep wrinkles on the neck and face. In addition to treating wrinkles, laser treatment can also be used to remove skin abnormalities, depending on the nature and depth of skin penetration the abnormality possesses.

What Laser Skin Resurfacing Can’t Do

As mentioned above, nothing is 100% effective in turning back the hands of time. Laser skin resurfacing can definitely improve the appearance of wrinkles, but these treatments won’t be able to completely remove the appearance of all your wrinkles. Laser treatment is only able to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by 25 to 75% depending on the severity of the wrinkle. However, shallow wrinkles can, in most cases, be completely erased as can mild pigmentation lesions.

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