Laser Skin Resurfacing: Everything you Need to Know

What is Laser Resurfacing / Rejuvenation?

Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure used to improve the appearance of the skin. Laser skin resurfacing treats wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and other skin imperfections. The procedure uses a laser to remove the outer layer of skin, which is then replaced with new, healthy skin cells. Laser skin resurfacing can be performed on any area of the body but is most commonly performed on the face, neck, and hands.

The new skin that forms during healing gives the treated area a tighter, smoother, and younger appearance. Laser skin resurfacing can be performed using two lasers: ablative and non-ablative.

When is the Right Time to get Treatments?

The best time to get laser resurfacing treatments is when your skin is not actively tanning, which can increase your risk for side effects and complications. Typically the Autumn and Winter seasons are prime time due to the skin’s hypersensitivity to the sun after treatments. If you have active acne, you must treat it first before undergoing laser resurfacing. The best candidates for laser resurfacing are people with wrinkles, fine lines, or scars that they would like to improve. People with darker skin are at a higher risk for side effects, such as hyperpigmentation; however, Erbium laser resurfacing is a similar option that poses less risk of discoloration. 

Pros and Cons of Laser Resurfacing

Pros

The main pro to laser skin resurfacing is that it can help improve your skin’s overall appearance. Reduce wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and other skin imperfections permanently. Treatments will allow you to maintain a tighter, smoother, and younger appearance due to the treatment’s production of new collagen in any troubled areas.

Additionally, laser resurfacing is non-invasive, with a relatively quick recovery time. Choosing this quick and easy option is beneficial for individuals looking to improve their skin without undergoing an invasive surgical procedure. The procedure is safe and typically has minimal side effects with short downtime.

Cons

Although laser resurfacing can provide significant results with minimal downtime, there are some cons to consider. It can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 per treatment and may need multiple treatments to achieve desired results. Laser resurfacing can be harmful if done incorrectly.

Some temporary common side effects of laser resurfacing include redness, swelling, pain, and skin dryness.  However, small or uncomfortable side effects typically resolve within a few days after the procedure.

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