Laser skin resurfacing is a kind of skin-care treatment that uses laser energy to improve the skin texture. If you have wrinkles, lines, scars, or blotches due to excessive exposure to the sun, this treatment helps your skin look healthier.
This simple cosmetic procedure involves precisely removing skin layers to encourage the formation of firmer and younger-looking skin. Also known as laser skin rejuvenation or a laser peel, it removes damaged skin cells effectively. It is safe, convenient, and quite affordable compared to several other cosmetic treatments.
Are You a Candidate for This Procedure?
Laser skin resurfacing is suitable for almost all skin types. If you have wrinkles, scars, or other skin imperfections but are not looking for a surgical solution, you may be an ideal candidate for laser skin resurfacing.
If you have sensitive skin or cannot tolerate intense laser energy, it’s better to talk to Drs. Handler and Pearce before deciding on the best course of action. Let Drs. Handler and Pearce know if you have fever blisters or cold sores around your mouth; these conditions might put you at risk for complications.
Preparing for the Treatment
If you are a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing, Drs. Handler and Pearce will ask you to stop taking certain supplements and medicines such as aspirin, Vitamin E, or Ibuprofen, since these can hamper clotting.
If you are a smoker, you will need to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to and after the treatment, since smoking can negatively affect the healing process.
The Laser Skin-Resurfacing Procedure
Laser skin resurfacing is an outpatient cosmetic procedure that needs to be performed by a qualified professional. It can treat wrinkles on your forehead, around your mouth and eyes individually or can work on your entire face.
Drs. Handler and Pearce may administer a local anesthetic and sedate you if he is treating small areas. However, you will require a general anesthesia if your whole face is being treated in a single session.
The procedure takes 45 minutes to two hours, depending upon the areas that are addressed.
After the Procedure
- The treated areas are professionally bandaged, and you are sent home with a family member or friend.
- After 24 hours, you should clean the targeted region five to six times a day and apply petroleum jelly or any other ointment prescribed by Drs. Handler and Pearce to prevent the formation of scabs.
- You might suffer mild swelling after laser skin resurfacing, but this is only temporary and subsides within a day or two; if it persists, your provider may suggest steroid treatments. You can also use extra pillows while sleeping to reduce swelling.
- Healing takes around two to three weeks, after which you can wear makeup.
- Avoid stepping outdoors for a few days, but if you need to go out, use sunscreen and cover yourself appropriately.
- Keep your treated skin moisturized while it is healing.
Get Started Today
Laser skin resurfacing diminishes the imperfections on your skin’s surface and enables it to attain a uniform and smoother texture. To get the youthful and beautiful skin you’ve been searching for, schedule a consultation by contacting Michigan Oculofacial Specialists offices today.