What is Laser Skin Resurfacing? 

Laser skin resurfacing, also known as a laser peel, laser vaporization, or lasabrasion, sends short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin. The process removes unwanted, damaged skin in a very precise manner, one layer at a time. It’s an ultra-targeted approach that reveals a younger-looking complexion, while minimizing the risks of hypopigmentation and skin lightening. 

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The Benefits

Laser skin resurfacing can treat a wide range of facial flaws, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles throughout the face
  • Acne and chickenpox scars
  • Non-responsive skin after a facelift
  • Aging or sun-damaged skin
  • Liver spots
  • A dull complexion
  • Warts
  • Birthmarks, such as linear epidermal nevi
  • Enlarged oil glands on the nose

How Lasers Rejuvenate Aging Skin

The laser beam used during this procedure will remove your outer layer of skin (the epidermis). Simultaneously, it heats the underlying tissue (the dermis). The heating works to stimulate the growth of new collagen fibers. As the treated area heals, the skin that forms is smooth and firm.  

The Treatment Experience

What to Expect

Laser skin resurfacing is performed on an outpatient basis in Dr. Moran’s Nashville area office. To begin, we will cleanse your face to remove excess dirt and oil. From there, Dr. Moran will slowly move the selected laser across your skin. The entire appointment will last between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the size of the treatment area. After the procedure, we will bandage your face and provide you with an ointment to prevent scabs. Most patients will experience some swelling, though it should subside within 48 hours. 

Recovery Period

Most of our Franklin, TN patients can return to work and their normal daily routine three to seven days after the procedure, depending on the size and depth of the treatment areas.

A patient who treated their full face, for example, will have a longer recovery time than someone who only treated one or two small areas. 

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Why Should a Plastic Surgeon Perform Your Laser Skin Resurfacing?

In the wrong hands, laser skin resurfacing can be an ineffective and dangerous treatment. It’s important to work with a specialist who is trained and experienced with these powerful tools.

A Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon will have undergone rigorous training and can ensure that your procedure is done safely and effectively.

Are You a Candidate?

To be considered an ideal candidate for laser skin resurfacing, you should want to address cosmetic issues that the procedure can treat – such as fine lines, wrinkles, and shallow acne scars. The procedure may not be the best choice if you have active acne, very dark skin, deep wrinkles, and sagging skin. Patients with dark skin have a greater risk of healing with darker pigmentation. This may be minimized by using a bleaching agent after laser skin resurfacing. 

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Discover Your Options

To learn more about laser skin resurfacing and discover what this treatment can do for you, please contact our Nashville area office today and schedule a consultation. 

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