Skin Resurfacing: Ablative – Facts and Figures

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Ablative skin resurfacing addresses scars, fine lines, etc. to smooth the surface of the skin.

Skin Resurfacing: Ablative – Outpatient Surgery
Description: Removal of the upper layers of the skin to smooth scars, fine lines and wrinkles, or to treat irregular pigmentation.  Lasers commonly used include carbon dioxide (CO2) or erbium.  Chemical peel agents include TCA, croton oil, and Jessner’s solution.  Dermabrasion involves a controlled mechanical scraping of the skin.
Average Cost: $2,500 – $5,000
Length of Surgery: 30-90 Minutes
Anesthesia: Local with sedation.
Recovery Time: Return to work within 2-4 weeks.
Treatment Frequency: May be repeated if necessary.
Risks: Burns, scarring, pigmentation changes, persistent redness, activation of herpes virus infections (cold sores).
Duration of Results: Long-lasting, but aging will affect results.  Sun protection is essential to maintain results.
Essential Questions: 1. What is your experience with laser and other skin resurfacing techniques?  What type of laser will you use?
2. How many treatments will I require to achieve my desired results?
3. Is it safe for my skin tone?  Will this change the color of my skin?
4. What type of recovery will I require?  Will I need special skin care during this time?
5. Will you treat me yourself, or will a member of your staff?  What are his or her qualifications?

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