Laser resurfacing uses laser technology to improve the appearance of aging and damaged skin. Basically, the procedure sloughs off dull, dry, and damaged skin to reveal a smoother and more even-toned layer.
Hence, this treatment can also be used to treat acne scars, deep wrinkles, sun damage and stretch marks. But like all cosmetic procedures, there are some things you should know before trying it out for yourself.
Here are seven things you should know about laser resurfacing before you take the plunge!
#1 What Does It Do for Your Skin?
Laser resurfacing removes the dry, damaged outer layers of skin to reveal the healthier layers underneath. The treatment also helps boost the skin’s natural collagen production which results in a more youthful glow.
#2 Is It Painful?
Hardly! Most patients describe the sensation as similar to a rubber band snapping against your skin. However, the sensation is temporary and most patients eventually get used to it and barely notice it as the treatment goes on.
Take note that your skin may feel a little inflamed and dry after the treatment, but that’s perfectly normal.
#3 How Can You Prepare for the Treatment?
You should avoid excessive sun exposure and wear sun protection (sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, etc.) in the weeks leading up to the treatment. This will help prevent any additional hyperpigmentation or skin discoloration that may require more treatments to address.
It’s also best to stop using retinoids, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid and other similar active ingredients at least one week before the procedure because these products can irritate the skin and make it more sensitive – thus prolonging the recovery time.
#4 How Often Should You Get It?
It can vary from patient to patient.
For some, they only need it once a year, while some patients may require monthly treatments. It all depends on the type of laser used and the extent and severity of your skin concerns. For example, if you seek to address minor scarring or wrinkles, an annual treatment should be enough.
#5 Who Can Perform the Treatment?
As with many rejuvenating treatments, it’s best to get laser resurfacing from a board-certified provider, particularly one with experience in performing laser treatments for your particular concerns, such as lines and wrinkles on the face and neck area, for instance.
#6 How Can You Make the Most Out of Your Consultation?
When you come in for your consultation, be sure to ask as many questions as possible. You should also do some research on the procedure and its side effects before your appointment, so you can ask the right questions, which typically include:
● What will happen during the procedure? How long will it take? What can I expect afterwards?
● Are there any risks or complications associated with laser resurfacing that I should know about?
● What kind of downtime is required after laser resurfacing—and how long does this usually last?
You can also add more questions as you see fit, of course.
#7 Are Lasers Safe for Active Acne?
While they’re a perfectly safe treatment, lasers are known to cause skin irritation and redness, particularly in sensitive areas, such as the skin around the eyes. This is due to the heat emitted by the laser, which increases blood flow and causes swelling in the upper layer of skin.
Thus, laser resurfacing is not safe if you have active acne or other types of inflammation in the area of concern because the irritation can lead to more breakouts.
However, the treatment can help improve the appearance of acne scarring.
The bottom line is that lasers can treat acne scars, age spots, and freckles. But to ensure the best possible results, you should always consult with a qualified treatment provider.
Our qualified providers here at Dr. Chow’s Rejuvenation Practice in Lee’s Summit, MO can help draw up the right laser treatment for your particular concerns so you can get the results you want and deserve.
Call now and schedule your appointment with us!