Laser resurfacing is an effective beauty treatment that utilizes a laser to enhance the appearance of your skin while addressing minor facial imperfections. Laser resurfacing is done using an ablative or nonablative laser. Below, we will discuss the benefits and process of laser resurfacing and what it can do to improve your look.
How it works
An ablative laser removes the outer layer of the skin. Ablative treatments include the carbon dioxide laser and the erbium laser. The non-ablative laser is a non-wounding laser used to encourage collagen creation. It also works to make the underlying skin tauter. Nonablative laser resurfacing is not as effective as ablative resurfacing, but recovery time is quicker and the process is less invasive.
What’s in it for me?
Laser resurfacing has the ability to lessen the appearance of finite facial lines. It can also address skin tone loss and make your complexion more radiant. If you are looking to treat wrinkles, age spots, uneven texture, sun damaged skin, or scars, laser resurfacing is for you.
What are the risks?
Ablative laser resurfacing can cause certain side effects. These include redness, swelling, itching, acne, infection, changes in skin color, scarring, or turning of the eyelid. Nonablative laser resurfacing can cause infection, changes in skin color, mild swelling, and redness, or blistering and scarring.
Am I a good candidate?
Laser resurfacing is not the best treatment for everyone. If you have any of the following, your doctor may not recommend the treatment: active acne, an autoimmune disease, very dark skin, unrealistic expectations, or a tendency to form scars.
How do I prepare?
Prior to your laser resurfacing appointment, your doctor will meet with you to discuss your medical history. During this time be prepared to answer questions about conditions common in your family and any medications you are taking. In addition, a physical exam may be done and a discussion about your expectations for the treatment.