Laser resurfacing reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles, acne marks, and other skin imperfections. The procedure uses a laser to remove the outer layer of the skin. It stimulates the production of new and healthier skin cells. This article will look at the benefits of laser resurfacing and any potential risks.
What is Laser Resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is an aesthetic procedure that uses the latest laser technology to remove the skin’s top layer, revealing smoother and healthier skin underneath. The procedure is performed on the face, although it can be used in other areas, such as the neck, chest, or hands.
The laser emits a beam that heats the skin, causing it to peel. The laser’s depth can be varied depending on a patient’s skin condition and desired results. Laser resurfacing using non-ablative or ablative lasers is available.
Ablatives lasers are more invasive. Their purpose is to remove the outer layer of your skin. They are often used for serious skin imperfections like acne scars, deep wrinkles, and other severe flaws. The non-ablative lasers are a less invasive option that stimulates collagen production. Typically, they are used on milder skin imperfections.
What to Be Concerned About and What You Should Do?
Although laser treatment is generally considered safe, some concerns and risks are associated with it, including:
Changes in Skin Pigmentation
Laser resurfacing also causes changes in skin coloration, especially for patients with darker skin. This can result either in patches of lighter or darker skin.
Preparing for Laser Resurfacing
Patients considering laser resurfacing should consult a qualified dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon, or both to discuss what they want from the procedure. The surgeon will examine a patient’s skin and discuss the benefits of the different lasers.
Patients preparing for laser resurfacing may have to discontinue medications or topical treatments that increase the chance of bleeding and skin irritation. Patients may be required to protect their skin by using sunscreen or avoiding exposure to sunlight on the days leading to laser resurfacing.
The Laser Resurfacing Technique
The laser treatment takes 30 minutes up to two hours. The patient will also be given a sedative or local anesthetic to manage pain during the procedure.
During surgery, the doctor will use a special laser to remove the top layers of the skin. The smoother, healthier layer is revealed underneath. Depending on a patient’s skin condition and desired outcome, the laser can also be adjusted for different depths.
After a Procedure
Patients may experience discomfort and swelling several days after the surgery. Some patients may need sunscreen to avoid sun exposure. To achieve proper healing and minimize the risks of complications, the patient should follow all the aftercare instructions that the surgeon provides.
Patients must maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid smoking. This can reduce the chances of complications.
Laser resurfacing reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles, acne marks, and other skin imperfections. Laser technology removes the top layer, stimulating new and healthier skin cells. Even though this procedure is generally considered safe for patients, there are a few potential risks. For patients, it’s important to consult a qualified cosmetic doctor or dermatologist about their expectations and goals.