Step One – The doctor will have you prepare for surgery up to two weeks in advance. You will be asked to refrain from taking any medication that can hinder blood clotting, such as aspirin, and will be asked to quit smoking temporarily as it delays the healing process. You may also be given a prescription for an antibiotic as a preventative measure to keep the new skin from becoming infected. If the treatment will only be on a small area, you can plan on being finished in about forty-five minutes. If you are having your whole face done, it will take about two hours. If your are undergoing any other type of cosmetic surgery at the same time, make sure to plan accordingly.
Step Two – Using finely-directed laser rays, the doctor will remove dead skin one layer at a time. Once all the layers of imperfect skin are removed, the treated areas will be bandaged. You may be given steroids to reduce any swelling. After 24 hours, you will need to gently clean the treated area several times a day.
Step Three – As healing starts to occur, the area may seem itchy, but this is normal. Just as with a sunburn, the treated area will see old tissue starting to peel. Underneath, the fresh new skin will be smooth and blemish-free and you will look, and feel, younger.