Laser Peel

Written by Serena Berger
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A laser peel is another name for laser skin resurfacing. This is a procedure performed by a doctor--in some cases a plastic surgeon, in others, a dermatologist. During this process, a laser is used to remove an area of wrinkled or damaged skin, one very thin layer at a time.

Getting a Laser Peel

Most often, a laser peel is used in a limited area, around the mouth or the eyes. These are the areas where people are likely to have the tiny wrinkles which are most effectively removed with a laser. A laser peel can also be used to treat scars or small areas of uneven pigmentation. In that, its results are similar to those of a chemical peel, as the idea is to end up with fresh, smooth skin in the treated area.

Many people use laser resurfacing in conjunction with a more serious surgical procure. Facelifts and eyelid surgeries are often the companion procedures. If you want to avoid any kind of cutting and sewing taking place on your face, however, you many appreciate the benefits of a laser peel performed alone.

Laser peels are generally considered safer than TCA peel or phenol peels, but there are many different types of lasers, and some of them may be equally or more dangerous for you. You should not go to a doctor and present your desire for any of these specific procedures as a certainty. Instead, talk to your doctor about your goals for resurfacing your skin or changing your appearance and let him or her advise you on which processes will be safest and most effective for you. You don't have to make a snap decision--do some research on your own and check with another doctor before committing to anything.

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