laser resurfacing - Dubuque Plastic Surgery | Iowa

laser resurfacing

Who considers laser resurfacing?

Men and women seeing sun damage, acne scarring, or discolorations to skin of the face, neck, or chest often consider laser resurfacing. Signs of aging such as fine and coarse wrinkles, pigmentation, or loose skin can be addressed with our Sciton® laser.

What is laser resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing can minimize wrinkles, scars and uneven pigmentation.  At your consultation, your areas of concern will be discussed and evaluated to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for laser skin resurfacing.




How is the procedure performed?

  • A beam of laser energy is used to vaporize the outer layers of damaged skin at specific and controlled levels.
  • Skin is treated with precision to give optimal effect – adjusted for skin color, degree and extent of skin damage, age, heredity and general skin condition.
  • Laser resurfacing is an in office procedure, allowing patients to return home the same day.
  • Multiple treatments can be performed at the same time to optimize your results

What is normal recovery?

Patients are sent home with medicated ointment on the skin to prevent crusting and to aid healing. Early swelling and discomfort is treated with ice packs and prescription medication. The skin is generally healed within 5 to 7 days and make-up can be used at this point. The early red color of the new skin softens within 1 to 3 weeks and the resultant pink fades over 1 to 6 months. Patients are generally back to work in 2 to 3 weeks.  Sun block is extremely important as long as the new skin remains pink.

What are the expected results?

Most patients experience smoother and more youthful appearing skin after laser resurfacing. 

Are there potential complications?

All procedures carry some risk, although complications following laser skin resurfacing are rare. Carefully following directions after resurfacing can minimize many of the possible negative outcomes. The most common concerns are residual lines and wrinkles or areas of over/under pigmentation.



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