You may be a candidate for either a chemical peel or laser resurfacing if you have fine or coarse wrinkles of the skin–usually on the face. Laser resurfacing may also be used to treat uneven skin surface as a result of scarring acne or small skin growths. Laser resurfacing may also be desirable if you have areas of hyperpigmentation (age spots).
Both chemical peels and laser resurfacing are intended to give the patient a smoother, youthful-appearing skin of more uniform color. Both also tighten the skin. Frequent types of chemical peels used at Newman Plastic Surgery include TCA (trichloroacetic acid) and phenol. The CO2 and Fraxel® lasers are frequently used for laser resurfacing, each one offered to patients depending on their needs and expectations.
You will be sent home with specific written instructions. Depending on location, the treated areas are usually covered with ointment. Healing will be complete in 7-10 days. Redness (pink color) is highly variable and will usually last from 1-6 months. Makeup can be worn once healing is complete (7-10 days).