After consultation with your surgeon to discuss your laser skin resurfacing in detail, your procedure will normally be scheduled as a day case. As laser skin treatment involves you having a local anaesthetic and sedation, you need to arrange for someone to drive you home afterwards. Sometimes, if the laser skin treatment is being done in conjunction with eyelid surgery or another cosmetic surgery procedure requiring a general anaesthetic, you may need to stay in hospital for one night.
Laser skin treatments are performed in an operating theatre environment, no matter how you are anaesthetized. Your face will be cleansed prior to the treatment, which takes anything from a few minutes to an hour and a half. For superficial or medium laser skin resurfacing effect, laser penetration is limited to the epidermis or the papillary dermis. For deeper laser skin resurfacing, the upper levels of the reticulas dermis can also be removed. Varied penetration enables the surgeon to treat specific spots, scars and deep wrinkles, applying deeper treatment where necessary.