5 Things to Know About Laser Skin Resurfacing
What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a well-known skin care procedure performed to improve skin texture and appearance. It is especially beneficial for reducing the negative appearance of acne, scars, deep wrinkles, and other unwanted skin defects.
The treatment is most effective on facial areas and is an effective way to give the skin a tighter, smoother looking surface. The way it works is by removing damaged skin cells layer by layer. Once the damaged skin is removed, newer, healthier skin cells begin to form in their place.
Who Should Have Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing may be a recommended option for patients who have tried over-the-counter medications with little to no effect. If other treatments for acne scars, uneven skin tone, or fine lines haven’t been successful, then it may be a good option for you.
Ultimately, before deciding whether laser treatment is right for you, it’s best to consult a medical professional.
When Should You Have Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser-treated skin can be hypersensitive to sun exposure for up to a year after certain treatments. Because of this, it is suggested that laser resurfacing be performed during the fall or winter when the day is shorter and most of the time is spent indoors.
No matter when in the year a patient has the procedure, it’s important to wear sunscreen daily. Wearing SPF 30 or higher sunscreen after treatment not only allows you to preserve the best of your results, but also defends you from skin cancer and avoids more premature aging.
Basic Types of Laser Skin Resurfacing?
There are two primary laser groups: ablative lasers and nonablative lasers.
Ablative – In this procedure, a dermatologist strips the epidermis (top surface) and part of your dermis (second skin layer) by superheating water within the skin. This causes the skin cells to vaporize, and usually takes one week to heal.
Nonablative – In this procedure, a non-wounding laser is used to stimulate collagen growth. These are typically less invasive and require less recovery time. Click here to find out more about our nonablative IPL photofacials, Fraxel, and ResurFx lasers.
Darker Skin Isn’t Always a Deterrent to Laser Resurface Treatments:
Laser resurfacing is commonly thought of as only healthy for people with light skin pigmentations. Although non-ablative procedures like Fraxel and ResurFx can temporarily cause skin to darken, the effect isn’t usually permanent. Still the risks of long term discoloration is greater for darker skin types. So, you want to make sure you are being treated by experienced hands.
So what’s the best means of ensuring that laser treatments will be safe for your skin type? Consult with a dermatologist who has your best interest in mind. At Skin Specialists of Allen and Addison, we’ll sit down with you and provide the best options for your skin condition.