Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure Steps

Laser skin resurfacing is a cutting edge skin rejuvenation technique that is ideally suited for people who want to avoid cosmetic surgery. Both ablative and non-ablative laser technologies are available to reverse the effects of aging, sun damage and other skin imperfections.

Ablative lasers involve the use of short bursts of high intensity light to remove the dead cells from the uppermost skin layers and restore smooth, supple and youthful looking skin. Non-ablative lasers, on the other hand, are less invasive and do not create wounds in the skin’s surface. The procedure is designed to stimulate collagen production in the deep dermis through controlled delivery of laser heat.

Dr. Bryson Richards is a noteworthy and committed board certified plastic surgeon providing laser skin resurfacing and other cosmetic procedures to patients in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding locations.


Steps Involved in the Procedure

Following the pre-op consultation, once the patient is ready to receive the laser skin resurfacing treatment session, they will be seated in a comfortable in-office setting. Unlike plastic surgery, the procedure can be performed without the use of general anesthesia. The patient will have to wear special eye shields to protect the eyes from sharp laser beams.

The laser treatment expert will move a wand over the affected areas. Tiny pulses of high intensity light will be emitted from the laser device to create controlled damage to the topmost layers of the skin. Once a pre-determined level of resurfacing is achieved, the provider will allow the skin to heal and rejuvenate. While the patient can go back home soon after the treatment session, they should arrange for someone to drive them back home.


Other Procedural Aspects

The treatment session in case of laser skin resurfacing will usually last for about an hour, but sometimes it may take longer depending on the extent of surface area to be treated.

  • Mild medications will be administered to the patient to ensure their complete comfort during and after the procedure.
  • The procedure is most performed using only local anesthesia.
  • While the treatment session is in progress, the patient’s vital parameters may be monitored using instruments attached to the body.
  • Once the treatment is completed, the patient will be moved to a separate recovery area.
  • After a brief period of observation, the patient will be allowed to go back home.


Variations in Procedure

Depending on the unique needs of a patient, slight adjustments in the laser skin resurfacing procedure can be made. To create optimal results, the treatment will be performed at varying depths. Various devices that are typically used to perform the procedure may include:


Ablative Laser

This device is designed to cause uniform injury to the upper skin layer, similar to a chemical peel.


Non-ablative Laser

The heat generated with this gentle laser device will trigger collagen fiber production in the deep dermis without damaging the skin.


Fractional Laser

This innovative laser creates minimal surface injury but greater depth of injury for enhanced results.

Impressive and focused cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV, and other suburbs and communities in this part of the country for laser skin resurfacing.

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

Taking new patients from Las Vegas, Bullhead City,  Laughlin, Pahrump, Mesquite NV and surrounding areas.

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