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Laser Skin Resurfacing

Skin appearance is a reliable general health indicator. Healthy, glowing skin is a great asset in personal and professional life. Unhealthy, damaged skin may benefit from laser technology. Laser skin resurfacing can benefit sun or environmentally-damaged skin. Lines and wrinkles, along with the effects of premature aging, flaccid or hanging skin, surgical wound scars, hypertrophic scars, acne scars, or raised/elevated scars on the face and body may cause embarrassment or concern. This treatment option is widely considered one of the best ways to improve skin’s appearance by removing age (“liver”) spots, lines, scars, and wrinkles according to Mayo Clinic.

More patients are seeking laser skin therapies each year as Baby Boomers enter their fifties and sixties. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that the number of patients receiving laser skin therapies soared more than seven hundred percent between 2000 to 2010. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), medical lasers are safe for use by medical professionals to improve skin’s appearance and texture. Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta, a triple board-certified dermatology practice, helps patients to achieve healthy, attractive skin.

Process

This treatment method uses a laser, or focused light, to actually vaporize skin’s damaged or scarred cells in order to unveil smooth, beautiful skin. The process actually stimulates the production of collagen and elastin which promote stronger, more elastic, skin.

For this reason, loose or sagging skin may benefit from resurfacing treatment. The laser also works to stimulate thicker, healthier skin cells. Any area of the skin may be treated: Atlanta Dermatology Consultants uses laser skin resurfacing to treat face, check, neck, hands, feet, legs, ankles, and more.

Medical Lasers

The FDA Center for Devices & Radiological Health approves manufacturers’ medical laser products. Each state’s laws govern the medical professionals who may use lasers to perform medical treatments. Only a licensed, board-certified dermatologist should perform laser skin resurfacing treatments. Although some states do permit a technician to use medical lasers and perform certain treatments, it’s always best for patients to demand the most experienced physicians for skin therapies involving medical lasers. Dr. Kathleen J. Smith is an experienced dermatologist and dermopathologist. She has published more than two hundred articles in the world’s most prestigious medical journals.

Evaluation

Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta discusses the laser resurfacing procedure with the patient. The patient is encouraged to discuss his or her goals for treatment. Dr. Kathleen J. Smith will present the options for treatment that best meet the patient’s needs and objectives. Other options and therapies may be presented to assist the patient in realizing achievable, realistic results.

Patients should bring a list of questions to the evaluation appointment. For example, some patients want to know about silicone dressings which may help prevent skin scabbing or crusting after the treatment.

Prior to treatment, the patient is provided with skin care best practices and instructions before and after the procedure. Since skin resurfacing is considered invasive, it’s necessary for patients to schedule recovery time.

Procedure

The procedure is performed with local anesthesics or under sedation. According to Mayo Clinic, most patients don’t report significant pain levels. Patients may not drive themselves home after the procedure.

After-Care

Patients must have support at home for at least twenty-four hours post-op. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it’s common for patients to feel foggy or groggy after receiving anesthesia. Clumsiness may result as the body metabolizes the anesthesia drugs used.

Dr. Kathleen J. Smith will prescribe medicines for pain or skin itch after the procedure. She will also prescribe treatment moisturizers’ use for about ten days after the operation. The patient’s skin is often irritated. Special moisturizers are necessary to protect and help heal the skin. As healing continues, it’s essential to avoid the sun for at least one year. A prescription sunscreen is instrumental in preventing patchy discoloration and protecting the skin from harmful solar damage. Patients are encouraged to wear sun-protective clothing and wide-brimmed hats to shield the face from UV rays.

Conclusion

Laser skin rejuvenation is often cited as the gold standard in anti-aging skin therapies. It’s a great gift to the healthy patient with a desire to look and feel his or her most attractive. Patients in and around the greater Atlanta area, including Belvedere Park, Druid Hills, Gresham Park, Chamblee, Redan, and North Decator, GA, should call Dr. Kathleen J. Smith for a consultation at 678-904-4932 today.

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