Laser Resurfacing FAQs

Woman Getting Laser TreatmentLaser resurfacing is a skin rejuvenation procedure that helps create a smoother and healthier skin appearance. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about laser skin resurfacing.

What is laser resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing is a laser procedure that treats and rejuvenates damaged, aging skin.

How does laser resurfacing work?

During the treatment, the laser destroys the damaged outer layers of skin that have begun to show signs of aging, wrinkles, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, or acne. The ablation of the older skin layers causes the body to generate new skin cells. These new skin cells are healthier and younger, and they produce a more youthful complexion.

What can laser resurfacing fix?

Laser resurfacing can correct facial wrinkles and lines, improve sun-damaged skin, eliminate spots and pigmentation problems, tighten loose skin, and treat scars from acne, birthmarks, moles, and tattoos.

When is the right time to get laser resurfacing?

If you notice signs of damaged skin that laser resurfacing can fix, it could be the right time for this treatment. As is the case with most skin treatments, it is usually better to undergo laser resurfacing sooner than later. It may also be best to receive laser skin resurfacing treatments during the cooler seasons, where there is less exposure to potentially damaging sun rays.

What areas can be treated with laser resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing can be used anywhere on the face. Treatment may be performed on the entire face or on specific target areas, such as on wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, and forehead.

What will my laser resurfacing treatment be like?

For your treatment, your face will first be cleansed and treated with an antibiotic ointment. You may be given a local anesthetic or sedation for your comfort. Sedation is more likely if your whole face is being treated. The laser will then be used to ablate the outer layers of skin to the appropriate skin depth. Treatment can take up to two hours if your full face is being resurfaced. This treatment is an outpatient procedure, and you can return home once it is complete.

What is recovery like for laser resurfacing?

During recovery, ointments and bandages are applied to the affected areas to minimize swelling and assist with healing. The skin will appear red and may ooze, and you may experience some swelling, itching, or stinging. Oral medication can alleviate any discomfort. You will need to carefully follow postoperative instructions for wound care and cleansing the skin. Five to seven days after treatment, your skin will become dry and peel. The treated area typically heals within 10 days to three weeks after your treatment. Redness may take a few months to completely dissipate. Be sure to minimize sun exposure and use plenty of moisturizer.

Is laser resurfacing safe?

Laser resurfacing is considered safe for most skin types. Some lasers are inappropriate for darker skin complexions. If there is any concern, speak with dermatologist or Dr. Mesbahi to learn more.

Is laser resurfacing permanent?

Laser resurfacing can reduce many signs of aging and skin damage. However, the new skin will continue to age naturally. Good skin care and restricting sun exposure can help reduce future skin damage.

Is laser resurfacing painful?

Laser resurfacing is generally well tolerated, and anesthesia prevents any discomfort during the procedure. During recovery, prescribed pain medications can alleviate any discomfort.

Will laser resurfacing help me look younger?

Laser resurfacing removes the outer layers of aging, damaged skin and causes new, healthy skin to form. This will give you a more vibrant and youthful complexion.

Can I combine laser resurfacing with other treatments or procedures?

When needed, you can combine laser resurfacing with certain other facial rejuvenation treatments. Talk to your surgeon about which procedures are best for your needs.

When will I see the results?

You should begin to observe results just a few weeks after treatment. The results will continue to improve for the next several months to one year.

If you would like to learn more about laser resurfacing and its many benefits for the skin, request your consultation today with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi. Call 703-287-8277 or contact us online to schedule your appointment now.

Rhinoplasty ResultsIt is important to receive answers to all your questions before you elect to undergo a major surgery. Getting your questions answered will give you peace of mind and help you decide whether the procedure is right for you. Here are some of the answers to frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty, a popular procedure that can enhance the appearance and function of the nose.

Can rhinoplasty fix breathing problems?

Rhinoplasty can be combined with septoplasty to correct a deviated septum and straighten the nasal passages. Doing this will improve breathing problems.

How much does rhinoplasty cost?

The total cost of rhinoplasty will include the surgeon’s fee, facility fee, and anesthesia fees. These costs vary from surgeon to surgeon. The total cost of your procedure will be determined during your consultation with Dr. Mesbahi.

Can teenagers get nose surgery?

Teenagers whose noses are fully grown may safely undergo nose surgery. Most qualifying patients are at least 15 or older. Teenagers should be emotionally mature and have realistic expectations about the results.

Will I have scars after rhinoplasty?

Depending on your surgical technique, you may have a small scar after rhinoplasty. With closed rhinoplasty, there is no visible scarring because the incisions are hidden inside the nose. With open rhinoplasty, there may be slight scarring because this technique requires a small horizontal incision at the bottom of the narrow strip of tissue between the nostrils. This tiny scar is usually inconspicuous and will fade with time.

What can a surgeon change about my nose with rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can correct a wide range of cosmetic nose issues by adjusting the nostrils, tip, angle, bridge, projection, and size of the nose. A surgeon can narrow the nostrils, build up the bridge, refine the tip, make the nose less prominent, and more.

How long does swelling last after rhinoplasty?

Much of the swelling diminishes after one to two weeks, but internal swelling will not fully subside for up to a year after rhinoplasty.

Can I undergo rhinoplasty if I have a cold?

If you have a cold, it is best to postpone your procedure until you are healthy again. Undergoing surgery while you are sick, especially with an upper respiratory infection, can increase the risk of surgical complications.

When can I blow my nose after rhinoplasty?

Many surgeons agree that it is safe to gently blow your nose one week after surgery, though some recommend waiting several weeks depending on the extent of your procedure and how you are healing. It is best to discuss your case in detail with your plastic surgeon.

Will I still be able to smell after rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty may temporarily alter your sense of smell due to the swelling of the internal nasal structures. As the swelling subsides, your normal sense of smell should return. Some people who combine septoplasty with their rhinoplasty are blessed with an improved sense of smell afterward due to the opening of their nasal passages.

Are there any alternatives to rhinoplasty?

While some dermal fillers can make minor temporary adjustments to the appearance of the nose, there is no other procedure that can produce results comparable to those of rhinoplasty.

How long do I have to wear a splint after surgery?

On average, you may need to wear your splint for one week after surgery to ensure that your nose tissues heal correctly and remain unharmed during recovery.

Is nose surgery painful?

Anesthesia is administered for pain prevention during the procedure. During recovery, most patients experience only minor discomfort that can be controlled with pain medications.

Will I ever need to undergo rhinoplasty again?

If you are not happy with your results from your first rhinoplasty, you may want to undergo revision rhinoplasty. However, a second nose surgery is more complicated and requires more careful and precise technique. If you are interested in revision rhinoplasty, be sure to select an experienced revision rhinoplasty surgeon like Dr. Mesbahi.

If you have other questions about nose surgery, schedule your personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi. We would be happy to answer all your questions and assist you in any way you need. To request your consultation, call (703) 287-8277 or contact us online today.