About The Procedure:
What is laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a non-invasive procedure designed to rejuvenate and enhance the texture and appearance of the skin. The process involves:
- Precisely removing damaged outer layers of skin.
- Stimulating collagen production.
- Encouraging the growth of new, healthier skin cells.
How does laser skin resurfacing work?
Erbium lasers interact with the water in the body to intentionally damage skin cells. This jump-starts the natural healing process and increases collagen and elastin which results in the formation of healthy, new skin cells. During the treatment, a laser device emits concentrated beams of light onto the targeted areas, gently exfoliating the skin and addressing concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines, scars, uneven pigmentation, and sun damage.
What happens during my consultation?
Before undergoing laser skin resurfacing, you will have a detailed 3D scan of your face to look at all the layers of the skin to identify the best treatment option for you. Your provider will evaluate your skin type, assess your concerns, and discuss your treatment options. Depending on the extent of the treatment and the desired outcomes, your provider may advise you to avoid certain medications or skincare products that could increase sensitivity to the laser.
When should I have laser skin resurfacing?
Laser-treated skin is super sensitive to the sun, so you need to keep this in mind if you plan on having to attend an event or go on vacation.
Does laser skin resurfacing hurt?
There are a variety of ways to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Most patients report the sensation of mild rubber-band snapping against their skin.
Can darker-skinned individuals have laser skin resurfacing?
For lighter-toned African-American, Hispanic, or Asian skin types, Erbium laser resurfacing can be a good option. Patients with darker skin may need to consider other options like radio-frequency microneedling.
What to expect after treatment?
Following the treatment, it is normal to experience some redness, swelling, and mild discomfort in the treated area. Your provider may recommend applying a soothing ointment and cold compresses to alleviate pain. It is crucial to protect the treated skin from sun exposure and follow the post-treatment care instructions provided by your healthcare provider.
Which laser is best for me?
The required number of sessions for optimal results may vary based on individual factors and specific skin concerns. While some individuals may experience significant improvements after a single treatment session, others may need multiple sessions, typically several weeks apart, to achieve the desired outcome. Additionally, your provider will recommend periodic maintenance treatments to maintain the results and prevent future skin concerns.
Consulting with a qualified healthcare provider is essential to determine the suitability of laser skin resurfacing for your needs. They will evaluate your skin condition, discuss the potential benefits and risks, and create a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve smoother, more youthful-looking skin.
Please note that the information provided here is for general purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice.