This procedure is commonly used to minimize the appearance of fine lines especially around the eyes and mouth. It is also effective in treating old scarring from acne and facial scars. Laser resurfacing may be performed on the entire face or on specific regions.
During the procedure the superficial layer of skin (epidermis) is removed and the deeper (dermal) layers tighten. It may take up to two weeks before the superficial skin layer is healed. Redness at this point is intense, and may take several months before the optimal results are achieved.
Peri-oral resurfacing may be combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures, including a facelift.
Larger treatment areas may require general anesthesia. As with any laser treatment, the risk of scarring is present especially with deeper or more extensive treatment. People with darker skin are generally poor candidates for laser resurfacing due to potential for loss of pigmentation.
Larger areas of treatment may require general anesthesia.