Laser skin resurfacing is a proven technique for rejuvenating the skin. Patients are amazed to see the way these treatments can ease the effects of sun exposure and aging and, in some cases, even treat facial skin disorders. Laser treatments are safe and convenient and may even cost less than other treatment options.
How do laser skin resurfacing treatments – also known as laser peels – actually work to remove damaged layers of skin, allowing smoother, younger-looking skin to emerge?
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PROCEDURE
Cosmetic laser skin resurfacing is a way of reducing the appearance of imperfections on your skin’s surface. During the procedure, a laser is used to remove the molecular bonds of damaged skin cells, one layer at a time. The result is a more even, smooth appearance as new skin cells emerge. The procedure also promotes the growth of collagen and new skin cells in underlying layers, creating fresher, younger-looking skin.
For many patients, laser skin resurfacing does an amazing job of reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, scars and uneven pigmentation. However, patients with certain skin types, skin tones, and medical conditions may suffer an increased risk of developing side effects. Before committing to the procedure it’s important to know if you are a good candidate.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM LASER SKIN RESURFACING?
Laser skin resurfacing is a good choice for patients who have unwanted lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation or superficial facial scars (such as acne scars) that are not responding to milder treatments.
Laser skin resurfacing may be good for you if you have elastic, non-oily skin that is not prone to scarring after minor injury. Patients with lighter skin tones are ideal candidates, as there are fewer risks for unexpected side effects such as permanent skin discoloration.
Your doctor will talk with you about any health conditions that might create issues. To be a good candidate, you should be in good general health, without any conditions that would cause unnecessary risk during the procedure itself or the recovery period.
As with any skin procedure, it’s important to have realistic expectations. Talk with your doctor about the level of improvement you might see. If there are lines or flaws that the procedure cannot correct, your doctor will help you understand the limits of what the treatment can do for you.
WHEN TO CONSIDER OTHER ALTERNATIVES
If you are looking to get rid of minor imperfections, then laser skin resurfacing is probably not for you. Depending on your goals, gentler alternatives may be all you need to achieve the improvement you want.
Patients with very dark skin tones may not be good candidates for this procedure. During laser skin resurfacing, the pigment in the targeted skin cells absorbs light from the laser, producing intense heat that destroys surface cells. Excess laser energy can be harmlessly absorbed by light-toned skin, but for darker skin, the unintended absorption can create side effects such as discoloration or even blistering. However, these risks vary, depending on the type of laser used. Be sure to discuss these potential risks with your doctor, who will help you review other alternatives that may work even better for you.
QUESTIONS? SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION WITH DR. FAROLE TODAY
Laser skin resurfacing can offer dramatic, age-defying results. If you would love to look as young as you feel, this advanced treatment may be ideal for you. Dr. Farole has worked with thousands of patients in Bala Cynwyd and Greater Philadelphia and is happy to answer all your questions about laser skin resurfacing. For your personalized consultation, give our office a call now.
The post Why Choose Laser Skin Resurfacing? appeared first on Dr Anthony Farole DMD, Oral and Facial Surgery Center.