Laser Skin Resurfacing
Advances in laser technology have made it possible for those looking to improve and rejuvenate aging or sun-damaged skin. An intense wavelength of light is delivered to the skin, which removes the outermost layers of that show signs of aging and sun-damage. Additionally, the laser will also help stimulate the skin to increase collagen production for an overall youthful appearance. Wrinkles will be noticeably reduced and the skin will be smoother and tighter. There are numerous types of laser skin resurfacing approaches including: ablative, non-ablative, intense pulsed light (IPL), and more.
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Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing
The non-ablative laser resurfacing technique is best used to treat early signs of aging. Non-ablative lasers focus on specific tissue areas beneath the surface skin layer without causing harm to the outer layers of the skin. Since this type of method is more specific and precise, patients will likely have a shorter downtime than those that opt for ablative laser treatments. Individuals who suffer from fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, scarring, acne, and other skin conditions can look to non-ablative laser resurfacing treatments for a healthier skin appearance. Multiple sessions are needed in some cases.
Prior to the procedure, we will review your medical history as well as conduct a physical exam. During this consultation, we can discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. Is applicable, we will go over previous surgeries, present and past health problems, medications, as well as nutritional and herbal supplements that you may be currently taking or have taken in the past.
What to expect after Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing
As we noted above, downtime is minimal with this type of procedure. You can expect the following once the treatment has been completed:
- Most patients are able to return to work almost immediately after the procedure.
- If you notice and redness caused by the treatment, it is only temporary and can be hidden by makeup without any negative effects whatsoever.
- Patients should ensure that area of treatment is kept well moisturized.
- For roughly a week, patients it is advised to avoid sleeping on the area of treatment to prevent swellings.
- Patients can use cold compresses to alleviate any temporary pain.
- It is also advised to avoid any sun exposure during the treatment and healing phases or if impossible, limit your time in the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. You should also use sunscreens of at least SPF 30 and wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat to ensure proper healing.
Ablative Laser Resurfacing
The ablative laser resurfacing approach requires the laser heats the skin to create a visible wound. The laser will remove the outermost layer of the skin (epidermis) to expose the next level, the dermis. This method of laser resurfacing is ideally used to effectively treat deeper wrinkles and other signs of aging caused by years of sun damage. Patients may feel itching or stinging for 12 to 72 hours after the procedure. Additionally, your skin will become dry and peel five to seven days after laser resurfacing.
Ablative lasers are also used to effectively treat the following:
- Fine to moderate wrinkles
- Liver spots or age spots
- Uneven skin tone
- Sun-damaged skin
- Acne or chickenpox scars
Because this is an ablative procedure, there will be some downtime as the patient will need to recover from the wound. Additionally, depending on the extent of the procedure, make sure arrangements for getting to and from the center are put in place for the day of surgery. For example, you may not feel up to par during the first day after sedation, so it will be good to have someone with you after the procedure.
Preparing for Laser Skin Resurfacing
To begin, please contact our center to find out if you’re a good candidate. We will schedule an appointment to go over the process in detail.
Some of the questions and suggestions we may pose include:
- Where you suffer from cold sores or fever blisters around your mouth, as laser skin resurfacing can trigger breakouts. We may suggest an antiviral medication to prevent this.
- If you are deemed a good candidate, we may ask you refrain from taking any medications or supplements, including such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or vitamin E) that have potential for affecting clotting a few weeks prior to the treatment.
- Smokers will also be asked to stop for two weeks before and after the procedure, as it can prolong the healing process.
- We may prescribe an antibiotic medication prior to the treatment in order to prevent bacterial infections.
If you have any questions, please fill out our patient form to schedule a consultation or contact us directly at (508) 481-8346. In addition, be sure to visit our frequently asked questions page about our cosmetic surgery center.