Laser Skin Resurfacing - How Does it Help the Skin?

Posted December 08, 2023
Younger looking skin with laser skin resurfacing

There are many patients who decide they want to have a noninvasive cosmetic procedure because they usually cost less than invasive procedures and they also involve less downtime. In addition to treatments such as Botox and fillers that are often in the news, another noninvasive category that has seen a good amount of growth is the use of lasers to enhance and rejuvenate the look of the skin. Laser skin resurfacing has enjoyed advancements and improvements in the way it is performed and also the type of results it can provide the targeted area on the skin.

Let’s examine how laser skin resurfacing helps the skin of a patient and the examination begins with the latest from Cosmetic Town TV:

Laser Skin Resurfacing – Treatment Overview

Resurfacing the skin with laser treatmentsLasers have been a popular option for cosmetic procedures since the 1990s. Since the early days of their use, laser treatments have evolved to become more efficient and also provide improved results, less downtime, and a decrease in side effects.

When it comes to defining laser resurfacing, the first thing to know is that it is not simply one certain treatment. There are multiple uses for lasers that direct light at targeted areas on the body to make the requested changes. A laser treatment can be performed on its own or it can be combined with other surgical procedures to elevate the final results such as a facelift and radiofrequency skin treatments.

Some of the popular uses of laser skin resurfacing include targeting fine lines and wrinkles, eliminating skin discoloration, and tightening loose and saggy skin by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.

In addition, laser skin resurfacing can be accomplished using both ablative lasers and non-ablative lasers (that are less invasive to the skin). However, non-ablative lasers are not able to remove older or damaged layers of skin, so they are better suited to treat more superficial skin conditions such as sunspots or acne. Ablative lasers are able to remove outer layers of skin which means this type of laser can change the texture of the skin, but it will require a greater amount of downtime.

Laser Skin Resurfacing – What Does the Future Hold?

It is not possible to predict the future, but the medical community continues to promote the fact that technological improvements and innovations will be ongoing in the field of laser skin resurfacing. There has been some discussion about possible at-home treatments in the future as well as improvements in the results provided to the appearance and texture of the skin. Additional improvements will likely be made in the form of less downtime, tighter skin, and a more youthful and rejuvenated look to the skin.

Laser Skin Resurfacing – How to Prepare

No matter the type of laser used by the doctor, there are steps patients can follow to maximize their recovery process. One of the main steps takes place before the treatment is even performed. The patient should research the doctor they have in mind in order to make sure the person has the necessary training and procedure certification to perform laser skin resurfacing.

The patient should not be afraid to ask any questions or voice any concerns during their consultation appointment. This appointment is the time for patients to learn everything about how the treatment will be performed, the recovery process, and if there are any side effects that the patient needs to know about in advance of the procedure. The process of asking questions will also help the patient determine if they are comfortable with the medical professional and trust the person to perform the treatment. Finally, the patient should ask to see photos of previous patients with similar skin and aesthetic goals who were treated in the past by the doctor.

The preparation process also means preparing in advance for the recovery period. The person needs to plan ahead to ensure they will be able to enjoy the necessary downtime after the treatment and that they know the necessary recovery steps to help the skin properly heal.

Laser skin resurfacing can help patients achieve their aesthetic goals at a price they can afford and with a minimal amount of necessary downtime. The recovery process after a noninvasive treatment is less involved and requires less recovery time so patients should keep this in mind when planning to have laser skin resurfacing. The choice of procedure depends on the individual goals of the patient, the current condition of their skin, the type of treatment they want to undergo, and the advice and direction provided by the doctor during the consultation appointment. It is important for a patient to understand why a specific treatment might be the best option for their skin. It is also necessary for the person to have realistic goals in mind, so they are not disappointed or surprised by the appearance of their skin after laser skin resurfacing.

- MA


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