Laser resurfacing is a process in which a surgeon removes the outer layer of facial skin damaged by age, sun, or smoking so that it grows back looking smoother, younger, and more attractive. Laser resurfacing is especially well-suited to Caucasian people in their mid-30's through their 50's. It works like a lift for the whole face while postponing the need for an actual face lift for some 5 to 15 years.
Laser resurfacing has undergone a series of revolutions since its introduction, but its essence remains the same: a physician uses a pulsating beam of light to achieve a controlled vaporizing of the skin's outer layer, the epidermis. An anesthesiologist administers anesthesia, and is on hand the entire time monitoring the blood pressure and IV lines. That allows the surgeon to give his undivided attention to the surgery.
The final result from laser resurfacing may take a few months to fully appear. However, after pinkness fades completely, patients usually notice a significant improvement in the quality of their skin as well as a fresher, smoother appearance. It is very important in the months following treatment, to protect the treated area from the sun until all of the color of the face has returned to normal. Using sun protection regularly will help maintain your results and reduce the chance of any new sun damage to your skin.