Laser Skin Resurfacing
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
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What Laser Skin Resurfacing Can Do For You
The Best Candidates for Laser Skin Resurfacing
- Fine lines, wrinkles, deep lines
- Acne scarring on the face or body
- Hyperpigmentation (melasma or chloasma)
- Uneven skin tone or surface
- Enlarged pores
- Chicken pox scars
- Enhance your skin texture
- Have a more even skin tone
- Take years off of your appearance
- Minimize acne scarring and chicken pox scars
- Experience skin tightening (this is sometimes an added benefit)
For other areas on the body, the price will vary based on the size of the surface area to be covered, the severity of the condition being treated, and the number of sessions needed to achieve results. Treatment packages are available. Just ask!
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How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
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Ablative vs. Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing
Ablative Laser ResurfacingIn ablative laser skin resurfacing, laser energy heats the uppermost layer of the skin to evaporate both water and tissue, causing new skin growth. It’s ideal for superficial problems, such as fine lines and minor blemishes caused by aging and sun damage. This option is suitable for skin types I – III. The MicroLaserPeel® laser skin resurfacing procedure we use is an example of an ablative laser treatment.
Non-Ablative Laser ResurfacingIn non-ablative laser resurfacing, the laser bypasses the uppermost layer of skin, and penetrates both the epidermis and dermis to evaporate water molecules, thereby encouraging both new skin growth and collagen production. It’s ideal for deeper skin problems such as scarring or long-term sun damage. This option is suitable for all skin types. Our fractional laser resurfacing treatment is an example of a non-ablative treatment.
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Laser Skin Resurfacing Question & Answer
When will I see results?
About three to five days after your treatment, once the redness has subsided, you should see some improvement. Because multiple treatments are usually required, and the lasers implement your own body’s ability to rejuvenate itself, it may be up to six months before final results appear.
How many laser skin resurfacing treatments will I need?
The number of sessions will vary based on the severity of your skin condition, the area of your body being treated, and your skin type.
How long do laser skin resurfacing results last?
Depending on the treatment, results can last for several years. Sun protection, a healthy diet, and minimizing alcohol and smoking can help you maintain your results for a longer period of time.
Is laser skin resurfacing painful?
Some patients do find the treatment uncomfortable. Your aesthetician will apply a topical numbing ointment 30 minutes prior to starting the procedure. After the treatment, your skin will feel as though you have a sunburn.
Is laser skin resurfacing appropriate for all skin types?
Usually, skin types I – III are the best candidates for a laser peel. Those who are darker in complexion run the risk of permanent scarring. For those patients who have darker complexions, fractional laser resurfacing may be a better option.
Does laser skin resurfacing have any side effects?
Side effects and their intensity will vary from patient to patient based on skin sensitivity. The most common side effects include redness, minor swelling, some discomfort, itchiness, and possible peeling. Your aesthetician will go over your post-care regimen and discuss with you what types of products you can or cannot use on your skin.
When is the best time to schedule laser skin resurfacing treatments?
Since you may experience some redness after the procedure, you may want to book your treatment on a Friday so you have a few days to recover before returning to work. We also recommend that treatments be done at least one week before a big event.
Are there any laser skin resurfacing risks or complications?
Any laser treatment comes with some degree of risk. In most cases, complications occur when the patient does not provide correct or complete medical information such as current medications, recent sun exposure, and/or any existing health conditions.
Other complications such as scarring or hyperpigmentation can occur when the patient does not follow post-care instructions (such as avoiding sun exposure) provided by the aesthetician.
What is the difference between microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing?
While microdermabrasion can help improve texture irregularities on the surface of the skin, laser skin resurfacing is ideal for those who have more severe and deeper scarring, or hyperpigmentation.
How can I maintain my results?
Sun protection is crucial to keeping the results of your laser skin resurfacing treatments from diminishing. Also, maintaining a healthy diet, minimizing your alcohol consumption, and quitting smoking will help. It is important to also stay hydrated and to moisturize with medical grade skin care products like the ones we carry.