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Will Laser Treatments Damage My Skin?
Posted by Dr. Robert Levine

Will Laser Treatments Damage My Skin?
Posted by Dr. Robert Levine on August 8, 2022

Everybody is looking for ways to reclaim the beautiful skin of one’s youth, especially since nowadays there are so many options available.

Laser resurfacing is one method that has become increasingly popular, but for many, it’s still a foreign and even scary concept. However, lasers are highly effective and safe tools that can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, sunspots, or any other damaged skin on the face.

How Does Laser Resurfacing Work?

Laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. This means that lasers use heat and light to create tiny controlled injuries on the skin that trigger a healing response to improve the skin’s texture and tone, clearing any damaged skin on the face.

The healing response technique works in the same way as dermabrasion, chemical peels, and micro-needling but can be faster in repairing damaged skin.

Who Should Avoid Laser Resurfacing?

Unfortunately, laser resurfacing is not an ideal solution for everyone. If you have looked up ‘damaged skin barriers before and after’, you will know that the procedure is not for everyone.

Those with lighter skin tones are the best candidates. Anybody with open sores or active cystic acne are not suitable candidates. Also, anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding, or suffering from an autoimmune disease might be better suited for micro-needling. The medical provider may prescribe cold sore medication especially if the patient is prone to them. Finally, anyone who has taken isotretinoin (Accutane) for acne will need to wait for a period of time before receiving a laser resurfacing session.

Ideal Candidates for Laser Resurfacing

Apart from those listed above, laser resurfacing is safe and effective for everyone. Typically those who are looking to repair damaged skin and who have not had any luck with topical and over-the-counter products are ideal candidates.

Laser resurfacing can help with a large number of issues, including:

  • age spots
  • acne scars
  • crow’s feet
  • enlarged pores
  • fine lines
  • scars
  • uneven tone
  • wrinkles

Possible Side Effects of Laser Resurfacing

Every cosmetic procedure will come with certain possible risks and side effects, and for laser resurfacing, these can include:

  • bumps
  • burning
  • hyperpigmentation
  • infection
  • rash
  • redness
  • scars
  • swelling

Carefully following the dermatologist’s pre- and post-care instructions will reduce the risk of side effects or complications.

Aftercare and Recovery

Aftercare and recovery practices are important for minimizing any complications and for speeding up a successful recovery. Recommendations include:

  • cleaning the area thoroughly and as instructed
  • reduce swelling with a cold compress
  • applying skin treatments to affected areas

Regularly wearing at least SPF 30 sunscreen daily will ensure proper healing and decrease the risk of developing fine lines, wrinkles, and sun spots in the future.

Where to Schedule a Laser Resurfacing Consultation

If you want to know more about skin laser resurfacing, call us to request a consultation today to find out more about possible side effects and if you’re an ideal candidate for the procedure.

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