Treating the skin with laser is an effective way to address deep skin concerns such as scarring, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and sun damage. Laser treatment is a minimally invasive way to penetrate the skin and resurface it to improve the texture, tone and youthfulness. Today we are going to take a closer look at the benefits of laser skin resurfacing as well as laser skin resurfacing cost.
What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing And When Might You Need It?
Laser skin resurfacing is the term given to a range of ablative and non-ablative lasers. An example of an ablative laser would be a carbon dioxide or CO2 treatment, which can penetrate the skin deep enough to address warts, scars and deeper wrinkles. The ablative laser removes the skin, one layer at a time, stripping away old layers of skin, speeding up the skin’s capacity for healing and exposing fresh, undamaged skin below it.
Non-ablative lasers do not remove layers of skin. Instead, they target problem areas with fractional lasers or pulsing light. This type of treatment is best suited to conditions such as rosacea, acne and spider veins.
What Are The Benefits Of Laser Resurfacing?
Laser treatments can be used to address a number of skin concerns that do not respond to over-the-counter treatments and products. Some of the benefits include
- Treating scars (including acne scars)
- Sun and age spots
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Differences in skin tone across the skin
- Enlarged pores or oil glands
- Crows feet
- Loose skin
In order to determine the best course of action, you will need to have a consultation with a skin specialist or aesthetician. As indicated above, certain types of laser are better suited to specific skin conditions than others.
What Are The Risks Of Laser Skin Resurfacing?
People who have fair skin are said to be good candidates for this type of treatment because their risk of hyperpigmentation is lower. Darker skin tones may be at risk of hyperpigmentation if the correct laser is not used.
Working with an experienced skin aesthetician is the best way to lower this risk.
Laser treatment is not always recommended for patients who have active acne breakouts. It is often best to address the acne first and then to attempt laser treatments once the inflammation has subsided.
Just like other cosmetic procedures, laser skin treatment does pose a few common risks including
- A post-treatment rash
- An infection
- Temporary redness
- Sensitivity to sunlight
Clients who are prone to fever blisters or cold sores should advise their practitioner prior to treatment. This is because best suited to conditions such as rosacea can trigger cold sore outbreaks. If you are susceptible to them, you will be started on a course of antibiotics as a precautionary measure.
It’s important to consult with a professional who can take a full medical history and manage your risk factors before you commit to a treatment. You will also need to follow your aesthetician’s pre-treatment advice, which will include having some introductory treatments to prepare your skin for treatment. This may also help to manage any side effects after treatment.
Your skin specialist will also recommend that you stop using certain medications, supplements or treatments such as Aspirin, acne medications and some of them can interfere with the body’s clotting response. You will also be advised to quit smoking at least two weeks before your procedure as smoking can increase your risk of side effects and affect your body’s ability to heal quickly.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Cost: What Can You Expect To Pay?
Depending on your skin condition, laser skin resurfacing needs to be done more than once. Once you have had a consultation your aesthetician will prepare a treatment plan cost estimate for you. He or she will let you know how many treatments you can expect to have in order to address your skin concern.
Laser skin resurfacing cost is variable and will depend on the type of laser, the number of sessions and the pricing structure of your plastic surgeon.
Is A Laser Skin Treatment Worth It?
For many clients, the results of their treatment can last for many years. While you might experience some downtime while you are healing, when the procedure is well planned and carried out by an experienced professional, the results can be long-lasting.
What To Expect After Laser Treatment
After laser skin resurfacing your face will be bandaged up to protect your skin during healing. You will be shown how to clean the skin every few hours. It is common to experience itching and burning for the first 24 hours but these side effects should subside in the first two days after your treatment. Approximately a week after laser skin resurfacing, your skin will start peeling. Usually three weeks after the treatment the skin will be healed fully. You will need to stay out of the direct sun for the first week and apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 50 or 60 to protect it.
For more information on laser skin resurfacing cost or to find out about the different types of laser we have for skin resurfacing, it’s best to speak to a professional. Please contact us for a convenient appointment:
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