Facial Rejuvenation


Laser skin resurfacing removes skin layer by layer. The new skin cells that form during healing give the skin a tighter, younger looking surface. The procedure can be done alone or with other cosmetic surgeries on the face.

Tell your practitioner if you get cold sores around your mouth. Laser skin resurfacing can trigger breakouts in people who are at risk. If you smoke, you should stop for two weeks before and after the procedure as smoking can prolong healing.

Laser facial rejuvenation is an outpatient procedure, meaning you’ll not have to stay overnight. You can treat wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, or forehead individually, or treat your entire face. For smaller areas, you will be administered a local anaesthetic and in some cases you may also be sedated.

Treating sections of the face takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes for each section. A full-face treatment takes up to two hours. Swelling after laser skin resurfacing is normal. Your practitioner may prescribe steroids to manage the swelling around your eyes. Sleeping on an extra pillow at night can also ease swelling.

Each treatment varies, so you will need to discuss with your laser practitioner as to how long your recovery (downtime) is. Depending on the type of laser used and the amount of treatment you have had will influence the recovery period greatly. As a guideline, you can expect all facial skin recover (and be on the way to looking fabulous!) within a week to ten days.

Risks and Complications

Potential risks of laser rejuvenation procedure include:

  • Burns or other injuries from the laser’s heat
  • Scarring
  • Changes in the skin’s pigmentation, including areas of darker or lighter skin
  • Reactivating herpes cold sores
  • Bacterial infection