Laser skin resurfacing is a safe, non-invasive treatment that can turn back the clock on an aging complexion. Lasers reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars, even out skin tone, tighten sagging skin, and can even be used to remove benign growths. This miracle treatment, which is available at Worcester Dermatology in Worcester, MA, is an excellent alternative for those of us who don’t feel ready for a more invasive cosmetic procedure.
Incredible Cosmetic Benefits with Less Downtime
It’s not surprising that the popularity of laser treatments used in dermatology has soared in recent years. It is the perfect solution for busy people who want to do something significant to help their skin, but who are not able to take several weeks off work to do it. Many patients find that they are able to venture out in public by the following day if they are only having a light “touch-up” treatment performed.
For those patients who wish to achieve a more dramatic result, there are laser treatment options that can go deeper into the skin’s structure and create a more significant rejuvenating effect. These treatments require a longer recovery but still involve only a fraction of the downtime necessitated by a cosmetic surgery procedure. Patients undergoing a more extensive treatment should not require more than 5-7 days of downtime in most cases.
How Lasers Work
A laser session, performed in a reputable dermatology clinic, should be quick and painless. A topical anesthetic is applied to the skin, minimizing any discomfort. While the patient relaxes in a reclined position, the laser directs short, very precise rays of light at the skin. As the light pulses across problem areas, the outermost layer of skin is vaporized.
This resurfacing treatment is actually working on both layers of your skin — while it removes the outermost layer (the epidermis), it is also heating the underlying layer (the dermis). This heating action stimulates the development of new collagen, which in turn results in the generation of new skin that is firmer and smoother.
Safe and Effective Skin Rejuvenation
Laser skin resurfacing has been in use for several decades now, so its track record of success when it comes to creating positive results without lasting side effects has been well established. It is now known that laser treatment is safe enough to be used on an ongoing basis to maintain its rejuvenating effects on the skin, and can be safely used in combination with other anti-aging treatments.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Laser Skin Treatments?
If you are experiencing any of the following skin issues, you may be a perfect candidate for laser skin resurfacing. We routinely treat patients who have:
- Fine lines or wrinkles
- Scars from acne or chickenpox
- Uneven skin tone
- Age spots
- Benign skin lesions
- Enlarged pores and oil glands
While the majority of people can safely undergo laser treatment, it is important to note that not everyone will be a suitable candidate. This is why it’s so critical to work with a skilled dermatologist who can give you a personal assessment prior to treatment.
After a careful evaluation of your health status and the results you hope to achieve, your dermatologist will determine which type of laser treatment is most appropriate for you. If for any reason we don’t think it’s safe for you to you undergo laser therapy, we can explore alternatives that may be more appropriate for you.
Preparing for Laser Skin Resurfacing
It is strongly recommended that patients avoid sun exposure for several weeks prior to their treatment. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis and keeping your face out of direct sunlight is all you need to do. It is also important to avoid medications that may cause photosensitivity (ask your doctor).
It may seem obvious, but it’s also worth noting that no other facial peel procedure should take place in advance of your treatment – this includes chemical peels and dermabrasion.
Taking Care of Your Skin Post-Treatment
Depending on the extent of the resurfacing you’ve had done, you will experience some degree of discomfort after your topical anesthetic wears off. Your skin will feel sensitive and may itch or swell. This is completely normal and a sign that your treatment is working. Your skin will appear pink at first but will gradually lighten in the days and weeks ahead.
You will receive instructions on how to cleanse the treatment area. Applying cool compresses and a thin layer of petroleum jelly can be very soothing. Your doctor might also recommend an antibiotic ointment. The two most important things to remember are to be very gentle with your skin as it heals and to stay out of the sun. Even after your skin is completely healed, protecting your face with sunscreen prior to sun exposure is a great habit to stick with.
Putting Your Skin in Trusted Hands
Finding a dermatologist you can trust is key to having a safe and positive experience throughout your treatment and recovery. If you’re ready to learn more about the benefits of laser treatment, contact us today at Worcester Dermatology in Worcester, MA. We can help you put your best face forward.