The benefits of laser skin rejuvenation include smoother and more youthful looking skin with a more balanced tone, states the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. In particular, laser skin rejuvenation helps patients remove or soften the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles or skin blotches, notes WebMD.
Laser skin rejuvenation is an outpatient procedure lasting up to two hours, depending on the size of the treated area, WebMD explains. Treating a small area, such as the eyes, the mouth or another part of the face, may take no more than half an hour, while treating the entire face typically takes two hours. Unless the entire face is treated, for which general anesthesia is necessary, local anesthesia is applied to the areas undergoing treatment. Some patients experience swelling after the procedure, and steroids may be prescribed to deal with this.
Patients usually heal fully in up to three weeks and may experience light redness for up to three months after the treatment, WebMD states. Some patients report itching and stinging sensations that begin around 12 hours after the treatment and last up to 72 hours. Patients should minimize sun damage to the skin after treatment and use sunscreen designed for facial application with a sun protection factor of at least 30. To maintain skin moisture, patients are typically advised to resume using appropriate products, such as Retin A, six weeks after treatment.