Everything You Need to Know About Laser Skin and Scar Resurfacing
Skin blemishes can plague anyone, regardless of age. Scars, acne, wrinkles, and fine lines can dampen your self-confidence and make you look older than you are. To reduce their appearance, you could try everything from home remedies like masks to minimally invasive clinical procedures like microdermabrasion.
However, nothing eliminates scars more effectively than a laser skin resurfacing treatment from Peach Medical Group.
What Is Laser Skin and Scar Resurfacing?
Laser skin and scar resurfacing is a skincare procedure that uses lasers to help improve skin appearance and texture. The lasers used by your dermatologist could be either ablative or non-ablative, depending on your needs.
Ablative lasers remove outside layers of the skin and are used to address superficial skin problems like wrinkles and fine lines. Non-ablative lasers, on the flip side, don’t remove skin layers. They are effective for spider veins, rosacea, and acne problems.
What Conditions Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment Treat?
Do you struggle with acne, acne scars, aging skin problems, or sun damage? You should consider laser skin resurfacing. This procedure can treat the following:
Scars, acne scars
Wrinkles and fine lines
Uneven skin tone
Enlarged skin pores
You should always work with an experienced dermatologist or physician who understands your skin tone and its problems. Laser skin and scar resurfacing may not be suitable for you if you have acne breakouts or excessive sagging skin.
Possible Side Effects
Like any other clinical cosmetic procedure, laser skin resurfacing can have possible side effects. These include rashes, bumps, swelling, burning, redness, or infection.
However, following your dermatologist’s pre and post-care instructions can reduce your risk immensely.
Preparing for Laser Skin Resurfacing
Before you get the procedure done, you should:
- Share your medical history with your dermatologist
- Get a physical exam
- Discuss your skin expectations with your doctor
- Avoid overexposure to the sun up to two months before the procedure
- Stop smoking at least two weeks before your treatment
Post-Care and Recovery
Laser skin and scar resurfacing is a non-surgical procedure. As such, you can be out of your doctor’s office immediately after your procedure and back to work in a few days. Typically, your skin should heal from laser treatment in 3 to 10 days. Nonetheless, if the treatment area is large or the laser treatment was deep, you could need three weeks of downtime.
As you recover, your skin will remain sensitive and may redden, peel, swell, or scab over. To protect it, you should:
- Use an ice pack to reduce swelling.
- Avoid areas prone to germs like the gym.
- Clean the area of skin with a saline solution 2 to 5 times a day
- Change your dressings regularly.
- Apply a skin moisturizer daily, as directed by your doctor
- Apply sunscreen when going into the sun
Make sure to run everything by your dermatologist before you try it. This should help you avoid any infections as well as ensure you get the intended results.
Once your skin has healed, you should begin to notice an improvement in your skin quality, texture, and appearance. These amazing results can last for years. If you had non-ablative laser skin resurfacing, the effects might be progressive.
Scars are aesthetically unappealing. Some of them can even be physically uncomfortable. If you dream of having a glossy, youthful, and vibrant skin, you can. Call the experts at the Peach Skin and Laser Center and Medispa to book your first appointment today.