What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
No matter how well you take care of your skin, it will eventually begin to show signs of aging. You might have suffered some skin damage that was beyond your control, such as acne. Or maybe you spent too much time in the sun years ago, and are now paying the price. Regardless of how those wrinkles, scars and spots came about, you don't have to live with them.
Laser skin resurfacing, sometimes also called a laser peel, or ablative laser resurfacing, is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure intended to minimize the appearance of skin imperfections. Whether you're bothered by acne scars, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, or the fine lines that come with age, this laser treatment can help you look better, which will help you feel better about yourself.
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What Laser Skin Resurfacing Can Do For You
Laser skin resurfacing offers numerous benefits, including:
Acne Scar Treatment
The depth and type of scarring will be factors in how effective the treatment is. Your aesthetician will discuss this with you during your consultation.
We highly recommend that before coming in for laser skin resurfacing, you wait until any active breakouts have subsided, or you first pursue laser acne treatment.
Laser skin resurfacing can make a difference in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone and texture. It can also stimulate collagen production, plumping the skin and improving its elasticity.
Sun Damage Treatment
Years of tanning and everyday sun exposure can manifest on your skin in the form of discolorations ranging from tiny freckles to large blotches of hyperpigmentation. Laser skin resurfacing removes those discolored skin cells, allowing new, unblemished skin cells to take their place.
Repetitive Muscle Movement Treatment
It's a great thing to have something to smile about every day. Unfortunately, there may be a downside. When your facial muscles move, they also move the skin that covers them. After years of this repetitive movement, your skin can show wear in the form of wrinkles and deep lines. Laser skin resurfacing can smooth those areas, and restore your youthful look.
Laser skin resurfacing requires no anesthetic, is virtually painless, and requires minimal downtime.
The Best Candidates for Laser Skin Resurfacing
The skin can be damaged, or its appearance changed by numerous environmental and genetic factors. Sun exposure, acne, hormones, poor diet, and certain repetitive movements can all contribute to damaged, weakened skin.
The best candidates for laser skin resurfacing are men and women of any age who suffer from or are bothered by any of the conditions below. The treatment isn't just for the face, but can be applied to other areas of the body including the hands, neck, and chest.
- 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
By undergoing a series of fractional resurfacing treatments, you may:
- 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)
|The cost for a full facial fractional laser resurfacing treatment is $350 plus tax, per session. Please note that multiple sessions may be needed to achieve your desired results.
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!
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
To perform laser skin resurfacing at TCC, we use the Sciton® MicroLaserPeel® procedure. The ablative laser partially removes the epidermis, penetrating 20 – 50 microns deep. (For comparison, microdermabrasion penetrates 10 microns deep.)
A high-energy beam of light is focused on the epidermis. The energy is converted into heat, which breaks down the treated tissue, causing the uppermost layers of the epidermis to peel away, thereby causing the skin to heal itself by producing collagen and new, smooth, even skin.
Ablative vs. Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing can be accomplished by two techniques: ablative and non-ablative. Both techniques use lasers tuned to specific wavelengths to reduce or eliminate the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and other skin conditions caused by aging, sun exposure, and other environmental or genetic factors.
When you come in for your initial consultation with our aesthetician, you’ll be able to explore which type of laser skin resurfacing is most appropriate for your skin condition, and your desired results.
Ablative Laser Resurfacing
In 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 Resurfacing
In 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.
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.