Laser skin resurfacing, sometimes known as laser peel, is a cosmetic procedure that uses laser technology to reduce lines, blemishes and scars on the skin.
The result is a smoother and younger-looking appearance. Modern laser instruments and technologies allow for precision and can address more delicate regions of the face than ever before.
Conditions Addressed by Laser Skin Resurfacing
There are some problem areas that are most commonly treated using this procedure. Lines around the eyes, such as crow’s feet, are one such area, as well as wrinkles that form around the mouth.
The deep, horizontal furrows of the forehead area another target of laser peel. If you have scars from chicken pox, acne or even some birth marks, those can be significantly reduced.
Uneven skin tone or texture due to age or sun exposure is dramatically improved.
Even if you are seeking to brighten a dull or lackluster complexion, this facial resurfacing is an option to consider.
Preparing for Treatment
You will meet with the doctor for a consultation before your treatment. You’ll be asked questions regarding your health and medical history.
It’s important to inform your practitioner if you have fever blisters or cold sores, as these can become irritated or new breakouts can be triggered by the laser.
To avoid clotting, you’ll be advised to avoid certain medications some time before your session. Smoking can disrupt healing, so you will need to stop smoking before the procedure.
What to Expect
Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure. The targeted area will be numbed with a local anesthetic. If you are having your entire face treated, general anesthesia is used instead.
The doctor will use an instrument that emits concentrated laser beams to the surface being treated. This laser technology will remove the damaged layer or layers of skin with precision.
For small areas, treatment can take 30 minutes or more. The entire face may require an hour or more.
After the Procedure
The skin that has been treated is wrapped in bandages following the procedure. You’ll need to clean the treated area daily after an initial 24-hour waiting period.
A lubricant like petroleum jelly may need to be applied after cleaning to prevent the formation of scabs. You may also feel slight stinging and itching for a few days.
Avoid makeup until the skin heals. You will want to use sunblock and moisturizer regularly.
Laser skin resurfacing is a convenient outpatient cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of wrinkles, scarring, dull complexion and other facial flaws. Consider this procedure if you have wanted to look younger and increase your confidence.
Contact The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa today to schedule a consultation.