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Where is a laser skin resurfacing usually done? At a hospital?
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Dr. Steven Zimmet
Aesthetic Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: In Office
Laser resufacing, using fractioned laser technology, is typically done in office.
We use a strong topical anesthetic, nerve blocks, cold air (zimmer chiller). Patients optionally may take an oral Xanax (alprazolam) or similar to relax them a bit. We don't use IV sedation, and are very comfortable performing this in office.

In brief: In Office
Laser resufacing, using fractioned laser technology, is typically done in office.
We use a strong topical anesthetic, nerve blocks, cold air (zimmer chiller). Patients optionally may take an oral Xanax (alprazolam) or similar to relax them a bit. We don't use IV sedation, and are very comfortable performing this in office.
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Dr. Lisa Hogan
Surgery
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In brief: Not necessary
Currently laser skin resurfacing is more often performed with a fractional laser, which decreases the amount of discomfort, downtime and potential undesirable side effects of the procedure.
It is often performed in a doctor's office or clinic, but also could be performed in an outpatient surgery facility or in a hospital.

In brief: Not necessary
Currently laser skin resurfacing is more often performed with a fractional laser, which decreases the amount of discomfort, downtime and potential undesirable side effects of the procedure.
It is often performed in a doctor's office or clinic, but also could be performed in an outpatient surgery facility or in a hospital.
Dr. Lisa Hogan
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Dr. J David Holcomb
Facial Plastic Surgery
In brief: Outpatient setting
Laser skin resurfacing is primarily done in an outpatient setting (eg, ambulatory surgery center or doctors office).
In some communities it may be done in a hospital setting. The location depends on type of anesthesia selected (general vs IV sedation vs oral/intramuscular sedation) and availability of laser equipment (some lasers are too large to move back and forth between facilities).

In brief: Outpatient setting
Laser skin resurfacing is primarily done in an outpatient setting (eg, ambulatory surgery center or doctors office).
In some communities it may be done in a hospital setting. The location depends on type of anesthesia selected (general vs IV sedation vs oral/intramuscular sedation) and availability of laser equipment (some lasers are too large to move back and forth between facilities).
Dr. J David Holcomb
Dr. J David Holcomb
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Outpatient
It is typically performed in an office or outpatient setting.

In brief: Outpatient
It is typically performed in an office or outpatient setting.
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Dr. Victoria Hagstrom
Family Medicine
In brief: Hospital or clinic
Laser resurfacing can be safely performed in an outpatient clinic setting, but depends on the depth of skin tissue that is being removed.
Deep resurfacing usually requires anesthesia for comfort, and needs to be done in a surgical suite. Superficial laser peels are quite comfortable so can be performed in an office with little discomfort, as can the newer technique of fractionated resurfacing.

In brief: Hospital or clinic
Laser resurfacing can be safely performed in an outpatient clinic setting, but depends on the depth of skin tissue that is being removed.
Deep resurfacing usually requires anesthesia for comfort, and needs to be done in a surgical suite. Superficial laser peels are quite comfortable so can be performed in an office with little discomfort, as can the newer technique of fractionated resurfacing.
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