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Look Younger With Laser Skin Rejuvenation

If your face has been left with wrinkles, blotches, lines or scars due to spending too long a time in the sun or because of acne or aging, then laser skin rejuvenation (resurfacing) could be the answer to getting your skin looking healthier and younger.

The procedure involves removing the skin one layer at a time in a precise manner. As the new skin cells form, the surface of the skin becomes tighter and younger looking. This procedure can be performed alone or along with other cosmetic surgery procedures.

Laser rejuvenation preparation: The first thing you need to do is consult a plastic surgeon or dermatologist to find out if you are suitable for the procedure. If you suffer from fever blisters or cold sores you must inform your doctor. It is possible that people at risk will experience breakouts of these conditions during laser skin rejuvenation.

If you decide to have the procedure done, you will be advised to refrain from taking any medications or supplements such as vitamin E, ibuprofen and aspirin for 10 days before the surgery as these can affect blood clotting. Also, if you are a smoker you should stop two weeks before and after the procedure as it can prolong the healing process

You may be prescribed antibiotics before the surgery to prevent any bacterial infections, and if you suffer from cold sores or fever blisters you will likely be prescribed antiviral medication.

What you can expect: Laser skin rejuvenation is an outpatient procedure that is performed by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist, so there is no requirement to stay overnight.

The surgeon will determine before the procedure if he is going to treat your entire face, or if he will treat the wrinkles around your mouth, eyes and forehead individually. If he decides to treat the small areas, he will numb them with a local anaesthetic and maybe he will sedate you. If he is treating your whole face, he may give you a general anaesthesia.

For the full face procedure it takes around two hours. Treating small areas of the face will be between 30 and 45 minutes.

The doctor will bandage the treated areas when the surgery is completed. After 24 hours it will be necessary to clean those areas four or five times daily, and to prevent the forming of scabs you should apply an ointment such as petroleum jelly.

It is quite normal to have swelling after laser skin resurfacing. If you have swelling around your eyes, you will likely be prescribed steroids. The swelling can also be eased by sleeping on an extra pillow.

The healing process generally takes between 10 and 21 days depending on the treated problem.

Laser skin rejuvenation will not give you a perfect skin; it will however improve the appearance of it. Here are some of the potential risks:

Bacterial infection
Burns from the heat of the laser

If you are looking for a procedure that will rejuvenate your facial skin, then laser skin rejuvenation could be ideal for you.

Cathryn Kerry