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How many weeks does it take for your skin to heal from a CO2 Fraccionated erbium laser? 6 weeks?

How many weeks does it take for your skin to heal from a CO2 Fraccionated erbium laser? 6 weeks?

Fractional treatment: Erbium and CO2 are very different. Which treatment did you have and why? I hope you are not on Isotretinoin while you got an ablative treatment; otherwise, it would potentially be disastrous. It should not take more than 3 weeks to complete re-epithelialization after a fractional treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Laser Resurfacing (Definition)

Is a procedure used to smooth the skin and remove pigmentation irregularities. Co2 and erbium lasers are the most common modalities. If you are considering laser skin resurfacing, you should also research chemical peels and dermabrasion. Sometime these alternatives ...Read more


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In how many sessions does erbium fractional resurfacing laser therapy show visible results on scars?

In how many sessions does erbium fractional resurfacing laser therapy show visible results on scars?

That's a really hard: Question. It really depends on the scars (size, thickness, cause, duration). You should speak with the laser surgeon performing the procedure. Make sure they are a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. And Erbium lasers should only be performed by MD! ...Read more

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Is erbium fractional resurfacing laser therapy ok if my girl uses accutane? She's on Accutane 20mgtwice a day and also is going through this procedure

Is erbium fractional resurfacing laser therapy ok if my girl uses accutane? She's on Accutane 20mgtwice a day and also is going through this procedure

Probably but....: This is an unusual question that should be answered by the physician performing the laser procedure. You should make sure he/she knows everything your daughter is taking. I would also recommend checking with the doctor/dermatologist prescribing her accutane. Accutane is a vitamin A derivative and can have many side effects including skin redness and irritation maybe worsened by laser surgery. ...Read more

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Is face laser resurfacing effective?

Is face laser resurfacing effective?

Yes: Very effective for removing wrinkles and sun damage (sun spots), smoothing out irregular texture, and helping with scarring. Important to see a doctor very experienced with lasers who can properly educate you on all the various options, benefits, side-effects, and risks. ...Read more

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Does laser resurfacing remove pigmentation?

Does laser resurfacing remove pigmentation?

Yes but be careful: It helps to remove pigment but there are many side-effects that an experienced doctor needs to warn you about. It causes increased sensitivity to the sun so if you're not careful about sun protection afterwards you can actually get worse pigmentation in the long run. Noninvasive lasers may be a safer bet especially for ethnic skin because they do not have as many side-effects. ...Read more

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What are some benefits of skin laser resurfacing?

What are some benefits of skin laser resurfacing?

Numerous: Laser resurfacing has made some major advances in the last few years. Fractional laser resurfacing with a co2 or erbium laser can effectively reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pore size, remove pigmented spots, improve skin texture and even tighten loose skin. The fractional technology has reduced the down time to about a week. ...Read more

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What is the financial cost of getting laser resurfacing?

Several thousand: Cost depends on the type of laser used, skill and experience level of the doctor, and geographic location. Experience is the most important criteria in your search. If you call around your area and find that most doctors are charging within a certain range but one doctor is much lower, I would be very leery. Laser resurfacing requires a lot of skill and experience to perform well--do not go cheap! ...Read more

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What is laser resurfacing?

What is laser resurfacing?

Skin Stimulating: Laser resurfacing can be used to help reducing fine lines/wrinkles as well as minor blemishes and acne scaring. It is accomplished mainly in two ways... The first way is by removing thin layers of superficial skin. The other way is by stimulating collagen growth and production which is helpful in areas of fine lines and wrinkles. ...Read more

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How do I recover faster from laser resurfacing?

How do I recover faster from laser resurfacing?

Follow instructions: Your doctor will tell you exactly which products you need to use after the procedure and how often to apply them. Avoid picking and touching your face. Do not stare in the mirror and scratch. Avoid alchol, wine, beer, liquor, vit e, fish oil, aspirin, blood thinners, ibuprofen, naprosyn, (naproxen) and steroids since they cause bruising and bleeding. Avoid the sun, outdoors, wear sunblock, & use a hat. ...Read more

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Can you explain the process of laser resurfacing?

Can you explain the process of laser resurfacing?

Laser resufacing: Laser resurfacing removes the outer layers of the skin leaving the dermis behind. We use the erbium laser more than the co2 laser. We found the co2 laser may change the color of the skin making it lighter with a line of demarkationbetween treated and untreated skin. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: laser resurfacing?

What is the definition or description of: laser resurfacing?

Laser Skin Resurface: Is a procedure used to smooth the skin and remove pigmentation irregularities. Co2 and erbium lasers are the most common modalities.

If you are considering laser skin resurfacing, you should also research chemical peels and dermabrasion. Sometime these alternatives can give better results. ...Read more

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Is laser resurfacing covered with medical insurance or is it cash pay?

Is laser resurfacing covered with medical insurance or is it cash pay?

Cash: With rare exceptions, laser resurfacing is considered a cosmetic procedure, not covered by any insurance. However, if you have a health savings account (hsa), you might be able to use that money to pay for it. Laser resurfacing is a medical procedure. ...Read more

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Is laser resurfacing done by gyn too?

Is laser resurfacing done by gyn too?

Probably, but...: Unfortunately, many doctors are performing procedures for which they are not adequately trained. These are almost always cosmetic procedures not covered by insurance that require payment in advance. Your best bet is to see a board-certified plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist with experience in laser treatment and the ability to handle any complications. ...Read more

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Who should go for laser resurfacing treatment?

Indications to treat: You are a candidate for laser resurfacing if you have fine lines, deep wrinkles, uneven skin texture, significant sun damage with actinic keratoses and uneven skin discoloration, acne scarring. It is also beneficial for the improvement of burn and surgical scars.
Your skin color, medical history, lifestyle are also taken into consideration in recommending the procedure. ...Read more

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Do I need a dermatologist for laser resurfacing?

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Do I need a dermatologist for laser resurfacing?

Laser: Dermatologist revolutionized the field. But other specialist may have some knowledge also. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about laser resurfacing for scars?

Can you tell me about laser resurfacing for scars?

A gamble: Laser re-surfacing for scars really is not a reliable fix. I have revised many such scars that have been treated elsewhere previously with a laser. ...Read more

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What's involved in the aftercare of my skin after laser resurfacing?

What's involved in the aftercare of my skin after laser resurfacing?

Depends: There are a number of methods - so your surgeon will discuss it with you. I've tried a number of products over the years - all of them are soothing emollient ointments. Aquaphor is still a winner for this use. Apply it 4 to 6 x each day, until the lasered areas are healed. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chemical peels, laser resurfacing & rejuvenation?

What is the difference between chemical peels, laser resurfacing & rejuvenation?

Depth of treatment: There are several types of chemical peels (some deeper than others) and laser peels/resurfacing. They both are removing the top layers of skin. The deeper you peel the more effective at removing pigment, fine lines, and some tightening. The downside is that the deeper peels take longer to heal and have more downtime. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Do dermatologists give a free consultation if you're going in for laser resurfacing?

Varies by doctor: The offer of a free consultation fee will vary by surgeon and procedure. ...Read more

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I was on Accutane 80mg for 9 months. How long should I wait to get laser resurfacing?

I was on Accutane 80mg for 9 months. How long should I wait to get laser resurfacing?

6 months: Most doctors and laser companies recommend waiting about 6 months. Some doctors may treat sooner. Important to stay out of the sun and get adequate sun protection. ...Read more

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What is the best laser resurfacing tx for very sensitive skin? And who should perform the procedure?

What is the best laser resurfacing tx for very sensitive skin? And who should perform the procedure?

Derm: See a board-certified dermatologist. Laser resurfacing treatment probably should not be done on very sensitive skin. Talk to the dermatologist about options. ...Read more

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How effective is laser resurfacing for acne?

How effective is laser resurfacing for acne?

Wrong choice: Laser resurfacing fixes acne scars, not acne. For acne scars, it can work great. It usually takes more than one treatment, and it takes time to see the results, but it works well. Other lasers and ipl devices can be used to treat acne. The procedures are not the same or even similar. If somebody tells you that a single treatment will do both, run away. ...Read more

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How effective is laser resurfacing on ice pick scars?

How effective is laser resurfacing on ice pick scars?

Fractional CO2: Ice pick scars are notoriously resistant to treatment. Co2 laser or fractional co2 with deepfx seems to work the best. ...Read more

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Can I have laser resurfacing treatments after artefill?

Can I have laser resurfacing treatments after artefill?

Yes: The laser treatment will not interfere with your previous artefill treatment. ...Read more

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How do I cover up uneven skin pigmentation after laser resurfacing?

How do I cover up uneven skin pigmentation after laser resurfacing?

IPL vs. Topicals: At times, a gentle ipl treatment can help to expedite the resolution of post treatment redness and blend any areas of hyperpigmentation. I would combine this with topical therapy with hydroquinone +/- Retin-A or other available herbal skin lighteners. There are a variety of mineral based make-ups that can serve as cover-up in the short term as well. ...Read more

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Can I get laser resurfacing on my face, even though I have vitiligo?

Can I get laser resurfacing on my face, even though I have vitiligo?

Yes, but...: Laser resufacing is intended to smooth the contours, but may commonly cause irregular or splotchy pigmentation. Vitiligo may be aggravated, so do a test area first before committing to the whole face. ...Read more

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Is it effective for a african american person get laser resurfacing done?

Is it effective for a african american person get laser resurfacing done?

Effective, yes. But: Laser resurfacing can cause lightening and a mottled colored pattern creating light and dark areas and not a smooth colored pattern. This especially true in dark skinned people. Be careful. ...Read more

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Total fx laser resurfacing is safe for indian skin type or non-ablative is better and safe?

Total fx laser resurfacing is safe for indian skin type or non-ablative is better and safe?

May be risky: This may be risky and result in an increased rate of variable pigmentation. ...Read more

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I have scars (ice pick scars) still remains. Can laser resurfacing decrease both type of scars?

I have scars (ice pick scars) still remains. Can laser resurfacing decrease both type of scars?

Yes: Laser resurfacing can help, I especially like fraxel for this type of problem. You will need several treatments and I would recommend using plasma at the same time. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Laser (Definition)

Laser is an abbreviation for light amplification ...Read more