There are many reasons why one would choose to get laser surgery on the face. Perhaps you have acne, or wrinkles, or blotches. Surgery can help all of these things. Laser surgery can correct these things and help you look fresh and young again.
Laser skin resurfacing will remove skin layer by layer with precision. During healing, the new skin that grows will give a tighter, more youthful appearance. It can be done alone, or with other cosmetic procedures on the face.
To prepare for the surgery, you need to consult a plastic surgeon or dermatologist to find out if you’re a good candidate. If you get cold sores, be sure to tell your doctor. The procedure can cause a resurfacing, or trigger breakouts in people who are at risk.
The doctor may treat wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, or forehead individually, or treat the face as a whole. If the doctor is treating a small area, they will apply a local anesthetic and may sedate you. However, if your whole face is being treated, they will more than likely put you under general anesthesia. The whole thing can be done within 45 minutes to two hours, depending on how much of your face is being treated.
Potential risks of laser surgery include burns, scarring, changes in skin pigmentation, bacterial infection, or reactivating herpes cold sores.
Be sure to speak with a dermatologist first before considering the procedure to ensure you’re a good candidate for it.