Who wouldn’t want glowing, even-toned skin?
Over the years, numerous skin issues can appear, such as pigmented spots, skin tags, dullness, dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, etc.
A proven way to reduce these skin issues is a laser skin resurfacing treatment, which has proven to be both highly effective and minimally invasive.
Keep reading to find out if this treatment is for you.
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing, sometimes called laser peeling, is a skin rejuvenation treatment.
It uses highly-concentrated pulses of light to treat a wide variety of skin conditions, such as acne scars, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, dark circles, and dullness.
Sometimes, these lasers also help tighten up mild skin laxity.
Types of Lasers
There are two types of lasers used in laser skin resurfacing treatments: ablative and non-ablative lasers. Each type has unique benefits:
1. Ablative Lasers
Ablative lasers work like deep chemical peels and slough off the outer layer of skin while heating up the water molecules in the dermis to trigger the healing response and reveal a new layer of healthy skin.
2. Non-ablative Lasers
Non-ablative lasers also penetrate deep into the dermis but leave the epidermis intact. These lasers stimulate collagen and elastin production, which can help improve skin texture and tone.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Benefits
There are many ways that laser skin resurfacing enhances the health and radiance of your skin:
- Gives you glowing skin
- Helps with moderate acne scars
- Helps tighten the skin
- Evens out skin texture and tone
- Reduces fine lines and pore size
Preparing for the Procedure
If you are considering laser resurfacing, your treatment provider will ask about your medical history and will examine you properly before the procedure.
Patients should mention their skin concerns and goals during the consultation.
It’s best to avoid excessive sun exposure before the procedure to prevent damaging the skin further.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Laser resurfacing treatment is an in-office treatment. Your treatment provider will clean and numb the treated areas before initiating the procedure.
The duration of the procedure ranges from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the size of the area treated and the type of laser used. For lighter peels, the numbing cream may be applied to your skin. Initially, your skin might appear inflamed and red, but this should subside in a couple of days.
For more intense laser procedures, the healing might take longer. The healing period may range from 2-3 weeks. During this time, you should avoid excessive sun exposure as well as scratching and touching the treated skin.
The proper aftercare promotes faster healing, reduces the risk of infections or unpleasant side effects, and can help produce better results.
Here are just some of the things you can do to observe proper aftercare.
- Keep the treated area clean;
- Apply gentle moisturizers prescribed by your treatment provider to keep the skin moist and to prevent scabbing, if necessary
- Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen when going outdoors
Laser skin resurfacing is safe and effective for all skin types. The treatment is also beneficial for a wide range of skin issues ranging from sun damage to premature signs of aging.
We at Ellevate Medspa only use LaseMD for our laser rejuvenation treatments. This uses non-ablative energy to heat the deeper layers of skin and to trigger the body’s collagen production.
We also offer multiple package options depending on your specific needs and goals. If you want to learn about them, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at the Ellevate Med Spa in Chelmsford, Ma.