Laser skin resurfacing works by slowly removing layers of skin (shedding). Patients choose a laser skin resurfacing treatment to deal with acne scars, discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles.
Am I a candidate for laser resurfacing?
If you have acne scars, areas of discoloration on the face or fine lines and wrinkles that cannot be treated with injectable products, and other less invasive medical spa treatments, you may want to consider a laser skin resurfacing treatment. There are many other factors to consider prior to electing this procedure.
- If you generally get cold sores on the mouth, the laser resurfacing can trigger an outbreak.
- If you smoke, quit. The healing process and recovery is much longer with smokers.
- Time off work – after the treatment, your face will be red and scabbed over a period of a week. You’ll have to decide whether you want to take this time off work or be out in the public.
Once you find a qualified provider, it’s important to ask them whether you’re a candidate for the procedure. Based on skin type and the results you’re looking to achieve, you may or may not be a good candidate for this procedure.
What does the laser skin resurfacing treatment involve?
The treatment is considered an outpatient procedure. Depending on the area(s) being treated, your session may take anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours.
The treatment does not require general anesthesia, but sedation may be required depending on the length of the treatment and the area being treated.
Expect swelling after the treatment, itching and stinging possibly for the next few days. Many patients describe it as a terrible sun burn. Your cosmetic provider may prescribe medication and topical solutions to help ease these discomforts.
There are post-treatment instructions to be followed and will be given to you after your treatment. To be prepared, you may want to ask for those instructions prior to scheduling your treatment. It’s important to follow these instructions closely, and you’ll want to be prepared.
Two of the most important is avoiding infections and protecting the new skin that forms after the layer of skin sheds. Avoiding the sun is best practice, but if you must be out in the sun, consult with your provider on the best sunscreen to use for your new baby skin.
Besides protecting the new formed skin, it’s also important to keep it moist. You may or may not be able to use your regular skin care products. You’ll want to consult with your laser skin resurfacing provider on all the details including the type of products to use, before, during and after the treatment.