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Laser Surgery Lasers in plastic surgery in laser resurfacing sometimes called laser peel a carbon dioxide CO2 laser is used to remove areas of damaged or wrinkled skin layer by layer the procedure is most commonly used to minimize the appearance of fine lines especially around the mouth and the eyes however it is also effective in treating facial scars or areas of uneven pigmentation laser resurfacing may be performed on the whole face or in other parts of the body often the procedure is done in conjunction with another cosmetic operation such as a facelift or eyelid surgerylaser surgery is still a very new procedure however it has been shown that in some cases this surgical method produces less bleeding bruising and post-operative discomfort than is typically seen with other resurfacing methods laser resurfacing is performed using a beam of laser energy which vaporizes the upper layers of damaged skin at specific and controlled levels of penetration Its clear that laser resurfacing may offer a number of advantages over other resurfacing methods precision little if any bleeding and less post-operative discomfort however laser resurfacing isnt for everyone in some cases an alternative skin resurfacing treatment such as dermabrasion or chemical peel may still be a better choice all resurfacing treatments work essentially the same way first the outer layers of damaged skin are stripped away then as new cells form during the healing process a smoother tighter younger looking skin surface appears laser resurfacing is a new method being used by plastic surgeons to remove damaged skin because it is new there are no long term data on this technique a number of studies using microscopic examination have shown that the physical changes that occur to laser treated skin are essentially identical to those that occur with either dermabrasion or chemical peel all surgeries carries some uncertainty and risk when laser resurfacing is performed by a qualified experienced surgeon complications are infrequent
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