Time can take a toll on your skin. Natural aging, along with genetics and prolonged sun exposure, can make you appear much older than you are. Fortunately, innovative developments in skin care technology have made it easier to look years younger again. Laser skin resurfacing has been proven to focus on common issues with your facial appearance, including acne scars, discoloration, and fine lines or wrinkles.
What is laser resurfacing?
One of the reasons laser skin resurfacing provides people with great results is because it creates microscopic wounds in the skin, which is what triggers natural collagen production. Collagen is responsible for our skin elasticity and tightness. When we age, collagen production slows down and eventually stops altogether. Therefore, fine lines and wrinkles tend to form, usually beginning in our thirties or forties.
Is laser skin resurfacing safe?
A common misunderstanding is that this treatment, ultimately, harms the skin and makes it difficult to recover. However, lasers can be adjusted based on your skin sensitivity and cosmetic issues.
What It Does.
When patients hear about laser resurfacing for the skin, their initial assumption is that lasers only address issues on the skin surface. However, laser treatments are much more diverse than this as they can address both superficial and sub-dermal layers at once. And while the skin concerns that can be treated depend on the laser system being used, most laser skin treatments address concerns such as:
- Blemishes and dark spots
- Acne scars and acne
- Fine lines and expression lines
- Wrinkles and deep wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Uneven pigmentation
- Uneven skin texture
Who should get laser skin resurfacing?
Most people can get laser skin resurfacing for wrinkles, acne scars, and sun spots. During your skin care consultation, be honest about your health history and what kind of medications you are taking. This is because some acne medications can lead to poor healing or even scarring.
What happens during laser resurfacing recovery time?
Some patients are concerned about laser resurfacing recovery time. You may experience some mild irritation or inflammation, but these side effects are temporary and should subside within 24 – 48 hours. Since this laser procedure targets damaged skin, you will also notice some crusting or peeling that lasts 3 – 5 days. To speed up recovery, avoid sun exposure and picking at the peeling skin. The treated skin will eventually feel softer and more rejuvenated. Recovery for laser skin treatments is usually very short. Most treatments have little to no downtime. Recovery from laser treatments will include regular moisturizing, sunscreen, and avoiding excessive heat or direct sun exposure.
How many treatments do I need?
While you will notice a difference in the texture and tone of your skin after one treatment, most people schedule several appointments to get the job done. The number of sessions you need is based on your skin issues and recovery time. Once you achieve your desired results with laser skin resurfacing for wrinkles, you can continue to maintain your look with further touch-up sessions.
Can laser treatment remove fine lines and wrinkles?
Laser skin treatments for resurfacing skin will remove wrinkles. Depending on the type of laser system being used and how well your body responds to treatment, laser treatments can reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, smooth out moderate wrinkles, and eliminate mild wrinkles. Laser resurfacing works primarily by removing the top layer of wrinkled skin. It also heats the layers underneath to promote collagen production, which stimulates skin in the treatment area to heal in a smoother, more even appearance.
How long does laser treatment for wrinkles last?
On average, patients can expect laser skin resurfacing results to last anywhere from 3-5 years from having the procedure done. It’s possible for patients to extend their results beyond five years.
Is There a Best Time for Laser Treatments?
We recommend scheduling initial laser treatments during the fall and winter months, as it limits the amount of sun exposure you will have post-treatment. Autumn is known as laser season as it helps exfoliate harsh sun damaged skin from the summer, with limited daylight it helps expedite healing.
Is Laser Resurfacing Safe for All Skin?
Some laser systems are not recommended for people with darker complexions because of the risk of creating hyperpigmentation, or hypopigmentation (lighter patches of skin). However, there are many non-ablative laser treatments that can be used on medium-to-dark complexions. We will help you determine whether laser treatments are right for your complexion.
Let us know if you have any questions or concern for this treatment? Contact us to book your consultation.