Laser Resurfacing in New York City
with Dr. Shridharani
Q: What is laser resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is a procedure that uses a laser to improve the appearance of skin texture and quality and treat minor facial flaws by removing damaged superficial layers of skin and allowing new collagen and skin to form.
Q: What can laser resurfacing be used to treat?
Facial laser resurfacing can treat acne scars, age spots, crow’s feet, droopy eyelids, sagging thin skin, scars, sun-damaged skin, wrinkles and fine lines.
Q: Am I a candidate for laser resurfacing?
Many various patients present to Dr. Shridharani for laser resurfacing: young men and women looking for gentle skin refreshing to older patients looking for deeper skin rejuvenation. Patients have been successfully treated for fine lines and wrinkles around eyes, mouth or forehead and shallow and deep acne scars.
Q: Who is not a candidate for laser resurfacing?
Patients who have active acne or very dark skin tones usually are not good candidates for laser resurfacing.
Q: Is laser resurfacing painful?
Medication is often given to help the patient relax during the procedure and to reduce pain. Topical anesthetics are used to numb small treatment areas. For larger treatments or more intense deeper resurfacing, Dr. Shridharani and his anesthesiologist may use mild sedation.
Q: What are the side effects of laser resurfacing?
One of the benefits of erbium laser resurfacing is minimal injury of the surrounding skin. This laser causes fewer side effects such as swelling, bruising, and redness so your recovery time should be faster than with traditional CO2 laser resurfacing.
Q: What is the recovery time for laser resurfacing?
Recovery time is specific for each patient depending on how aggressive he/she is treated. Most patients should expect at least a week of redness/down time.