Hyperpigmentation and signs of aging, such as wrinkles, can make you appear older and less attractive. Skincare products may not provide the desired results. Laser resurfacing stimulates collagen production, improving your skin appearance and restoring youthfulness. If your wrinkles or acne scars make you feel less attractive, the Manhattan Dermatology team can help you determine your eligibility for laser resurfacing and its effect on your skin.
How to prepare for laser resurfacing
Preparation is essential in ensuring excellent laser resurfacing results with minimal side effects. First, consult with your dermatologist about the benefits and downsides of laser resurfacing. Your provider will also conduct a thorough physical examination to confirm your eligibility for the procedure. They may examine your skin, review your medical history and discuss your goals and expectations.
After treatment, your doctor may recommend avoiding specific medications like blood thinners and skin care creams that may irritate your skin. The team may also advise avoiding direct sun exposure several weeks before treatment. You may need to use adequate sunscreen or wear protective clothing to protect you from the sun’s UV rays. Additionally, your provider may advise you to limit alcohol intake and quit smoking to minimize your risk of complications.
Skin concerns that skin resurfacing can address
Laser resurfacing is an aesthetic treatment that can address various skin imperfections, including wrinkles and fine lines. As you age, collagen and elastin production reduces, leading to loose skin. This treatment promotes collagen and elastin production, which can add volume to your skin, and restore its elasticity, minimizing the appearance of signs of aging. Laser resurfacing can also improve skin texture and tone, making you appear several years younger. This treatment can also eliminate acne scars. Some acne scars rarely improve with traditional skincare products. Laser resurfacing can trigger cell regeneration which can minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation, giving you a smooth complexion.
The number of treatment sessions you need
The number of laser resurfacing sessions you need depends on your skin concern and beauty goals. However, dermatologists recommend multiple treatments spaced several weeks apart for maximum results. If you have mild skin concerns such as minor discoloration or a few wrinkles, your provider may recommend at most two sessions. However, if you have deep acne scars or severe hyperpigmentation, they may recommend several sessions to achieve the desired results. Your provider will assess your skin imperfections before determining the number of treatments you need and how often you need them.
Side effects associated with laser resurfacing
Although laser resurfacing can restore your youthfulness, it can cause several side effects depending on the treatment’s intensity and your skin type. After the procedure, you may notice mild swelling and redness on the treatment site, which usually resolves within a few days. You may also experience stinging or burning sensations or dry skin. Sometimes, the treatment area may become infected, leading to pain. Following your dermatologist’s recovery instructions can minimize the risk of these side effects.
If you desire smooth, glowing skin, call the practice or book your spot online for laser resurfacing.