Your Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment Guide
Over time, our skin begins exhibiting some signs of wear and tear. Sometimes, this means wrinkles, creases, and fine lines. In other instances, it may mean age spots, areas of hyperpigmentation, or evidence of sun damage. All of these symptoms can compromise the evenness and clarity of our skin tone, potentially leading to feelings of embarrassment or lowered self-confidence.
Laser therapies have become an increasingly popular way to reduce these signs of skin damage. We are pleased to offer some laser skin resurfacing procedures at the Westfield Plastic Surgery Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Before joining us for treatment, it may be helpful to learn more about what laser skin resurfacing entails.
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
Keep in mind that there are different laser skin resurfacing technologies out there, and some of them may work a bit differently than others. As a general rule, the goal of laser skin resurfacing is to emit light and heat that penetrate the deeper layers of your skin, triggering the production of fresh collagen and elastin in order to create smoother, firmer, and younger skin. At the same time, light and heat can remove outer layers of skin, allowing fresh new skin layers to emerge.
Are There Different Kinds of Laser Skin Resurfacing?
As you learn more about the different options for laser skin resurfacing, two terms you will want to be familiar with are ablative and non-ablative. All laser skincare procedures can fit into one of these two categories.
Basically, ablative laser procedures are the ones that are harsher and more intense; they often work by actively targeting and destroying unwanted skin cells. Because of this, they may have additional side effects and are not recommended for all skin types. Non-ablative lasers are a bit gentler, working to stimulate collagen production without destroying any existing skin cells.
What Conditions Can I Treat with Laser Skin Resurfacing?
There are a number of skin imperfections that can potentially be treated with laser skin resurfacing. Some of the most common reasons why our Omaha patients receive laser skin resurfacing include:
- Acne scarring
- Areas of hyperpigmentation (that is, unevenness of color)
- Clogged pores and blackheads
- Areas where the skin is rough or thick
- Skin redness
- Sunspots/age spots
- Wrinkles and fine lines
If you are dealing with any of these imperfections and want to know more about your options for laser skin treatment, we welcome you to visit our med spa at Westfield Plastic Surgery Center.
Will Laser Skin Resurfacing Work with My Skin Type?
This is an incredibly important question to address with your laser skincare provider. Historically, a lot of the most common laser skin resurfacing techniques have not been safe for darker complexions. For those who have a higher concentration of melanin, there is a much greater risk of blotchiness or uneven pigmentation following a laser skin procedure.
Thankfully, many of the newer non-ablative methods are safer for people of all skin types. Schedule a consultation to ensure that you select a treatment method that is right for you.
Can I Combine Laser Skin Resurfacing With Other Treatments?
We hear from a lot of patients who want to know whether it is safe for them to combine laser skin resurfacing with other cosmetic interventions, providing them with a greater opportunity to customize their treatment experience. Laser skin resurfacing does work well in tandem with BOTOX®, dermal fillers, and microdermabrasion.
Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for a safe, successful laser skin procedure is to make an appointment for a consultation. Generally, the best candidates for laser skin resurfacing:
- Are not smokers, or are willing to give up smoking for at least a month before their treatment.
- Do not have regular breakouts of cold sores or mouth ulcers.
- Have talked with a skincare specialist to ensure they have selected the right form of treatment for their skin type.
- Have realistic expectations about the process and about the potential results.
To learn more about your eligibility for laser skin resurfacing, make an appointment in our Omaha med spa at your convenience.
How Long Does a Laser Skin Procedure Take? And How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Typically, a single laser skin resurfacing session will take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. The number of sessions required varies by the patient’s needs, but as a rule of thumb, we would recommend planning for six sessions or so.
What is the Recovery Like?
Most patients feel more or less normal within a day or two, though you can anticipate some swelling and redness around the treatment area. These side effects may last for a week or two.
Find Out More About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing may be the option you have been looking for to help you regain smoother, firmer, and younger-looking skin. If you have any questions about the procedure or about your eligibility for it, we welcome you to schedule an appointment. Reach out to Westfield Plastic Surgery Center to plan your consultation.