What to Know About Laser Resurfacing

Posted on October 13, 2020 under Non-Invasive

Laser procedures are becoming some of the most popular options for rejuvenating the skin and addressing a variety of different concerns. It’s proven to reduce things like wrinkles, age spots, scars, pigmentation, acne, and other skin blemishes. There are a lot of different options for laser resurfacing, so it can seem overwhelming trying to find the right option for you. Here’s what to know about laser resurfacing and how it can help achieve your skincare goals.

Different Types of Lasers

We all have different skin types, and our skin concerns are just as unique and varied. With this in mind, there are plenty of laser options available for different skin types. The good thing is that you don’t have to scratch your head looking for the best option. Your plastic surgeon can recommend the best option for you and your goals during your consultation.

The two most common types of lasers are carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers and Erbium lasers. CO2 treats different skin concerns such as scars, warts, wrinkles, and other skin conditions. Erbium laser resurfacing is ideal for removing deep lines and wrinkles on the face, chest, neck, or hands. Other laser options include fractional lasers, pulsed dye lasers, and Intense Pulse Light (IPL). Each type of laser has different uses, even for things like hair and tattoo removal. This means there’s likely a laser treatment option that fits you best.

Candidates for Laser Resurfacing

If you’ve been struggling with skin concerns, then laser treatments can offer state-of-the-art results. Skin concerns like scars, sagging skin, uneven tone, wrinkles, and fine lines can respond well to the right laser treatment package. It’s a common myth that certain skin types and tones don’t respond well to laser treatments, but it’s important to know that there are a variety of laser technologies available that can be tailored to your unique skin. For this reason, it’s important to partner with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you choose from a variety of technologies available.

Results can Vary

There are plenty of practices that are less than qualified to be performing safe and effective laser treatments. To protect yourself and your results, you should always look for a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist who can take the right steps during your procedure. When it comes to your skin, you want the best results so make sure to find the best, most reputable provider in your area.

Preparation is Key

For best results, you’ll need to take some steps to prepare. This might include things like stopping smoking, avoiding medications like blood thinners, and avoiding certain skincare products with active ingredients. During your consultation, you’ll receive a detailed list of steps to follow before your session.

Sun Protection is Essential

Sun exposure can drastically affect your results both before and after treatment. It’s extremely important to use sun protection before your treatment to avoid the chance of tanning or burning that can affect the laser treatment process. Additionally, your skin will be photosensitive after treatment and you should protect it with sunscreen to maintain your results. Our team can recommend the best ways to protect yourself with the right products and aftercare steps.

Schedule a Consultation

Laser treatments continue to be some of the best options on the market for transforming your skin. To learn more about your options, we invite you to meet with Dr. Basile and our laser team by scheduling a consultation. Contact our Jacksonville Beach office by calling or filling out our online form to get started.