Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser Skin Resurfacing in Pittsford, NY or Rockville, MD
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Perfect glowing skin is something everyone wants. Laser skin resurfacing is becoming a popular treatment, whether it’s to fix skin imperfections or simply rejuvenate the skin. At-home treatments like face masks, scrubs, and glycolic acid can only do so much. If you want more dramatic and long-lasting results, then laser skin resurfacing might be the answer.
Our team at Health Expressions are experts in laser skin resurfacing. We use the latest technology to deliver amazing results with little downtime. We are your go-to medical spa when you’re looking for laser skin resurfacing in Rochester, NY. Come in today or call (301) 244-4717 to get the skin you’ve always dreamed of.
What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing treatments use ablative and non-ablative lasers to remove the damaged outer layers of skin. This process helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, age spots, and other skin conditions.
The two types of laser resurfacing are ablative and non-ablative.
- Ablative laser resurfacing is the most aggressive form of treatment. This laser peel uses a carbon dioxide (CO2) or erbium laser to remove the top layers of skin. Ablative lasers vaporize the damaged outer layers of skin, which stimulates collagen production and helps to improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and other skin concerns. This laser resurfacing typically requires up to 4 days of recovery time.
- Non-ablative laser treatment is a less invasive treatment that uses a laser beam to heat the deeper layers of skin without damaging the top layer. Non-ablative lasers stimulate collagen production, which can help to improve the appearance of wrinkles and other skin concerns. This treatment typically requires 3-5 days of recovery time (also referred to as social downtime as their skin will look damaged and staying out of the sun is critical).
What Are the Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing?
There are many benefits of laser resurfacing, including:
- Minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improving the appearance of scars from acne or chickenpox
- Reducing the appearance of age spots and sun damage
- Stimulating collagen production
- Rejuvenating the skin
Why Is Collagen So Important?
Collagen is a protein that helps to keep the skin elastic and plump. Our bodies produce less collagen as we age, leading to deep wrinkles and sagging skin. Laser resurfacing helps to stimulate collagen fiber production, which can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure
There are a few things to expect during your laser skin resurfacing procedure. Being prepared will give you a better idea of what to expect and help you to feel more comfortable during the treatment.
How To Prepare and What To Ask
Before your procedure, you will meet with your esthetician to discuss your goals for treatment. This is a great time to ask any questions about the procedure.
- Ask about procedures and products your esthetician recommends for your particular skin type.
- Keep realistic expectations in mind, lasers can help tremendously, but they cannot work miracles.
- Depending on previous health issues, some patients may be prescribed antiviral medications or antibiotics to help prevent infection, ie. a flare up of cold sores.
- If you smoke, you should stop weeks before the treatment and after to aid in the healing process.
Before your laser resurfacing treatment begins, your skin will be cleansed with mild soap and cool water. Your esthetician will also apply numbing cream or topical anesthetic to your skin to help minimize any discomfort during the treatment.
During your laser procedure, you will wear protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser light. Your esthetician will then move the laser handpiece over your skin. You may feel a warm, prickling sensation during the treatment, which may increase as the heat is brought to the skin’s surface. We use a state-of-the-art chilling device to minimize any discomfort this may cause. We recommend the addition of exosomes to treatment, as these are billions of small stem cells that instantly go to work in healing the area and reducing down time.
After your treatment, your skin will be sensitive, and you may experience some redness, swelling, and crusting. Your esthetician will apply a cool compress to help soothe your skin. You may use ice packs wrapped in a cloth or towel for the first 24-48 hrs to reduce swelling if needed. It is important to keep your skin clean and moisturized during recovery. Using a heavily lubricated product like Aquaphor is crucial to your recovery as it locks in the moisture and allows the skin to heal and slough off naturally.
You will likely see some redness and swelling immediately after your treatment, but this will subside within a few days. It can take up to 6 weeks to see the full results of your treatment. Results vary from person to person, and most people see a significant improvement in the appearance of their skin after just one treatment. Most patients require three to four treatments spaced four to six weeks apart to get the full benefit
Acne Scarring and Active Acne
Laser skin resurfacing can help to improve the appearance of acne scars. However, it is important to note that laser skin resurfacing will not improve the appearance of active acne. If you are looking for a treatment for active acne, your esthetician may recommend a different treatment option like IPL treatment. Treating with laser over active acne may result in more pain or risk of infection and is not recommended.
Medications and Pre-Existing Conditions
Be sure to tell your esthetician about any medications you are taking, as some can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the laser light. Be sure also to let them know if you have any medical conditions that may affect your treatment, such as diabetes, heart disease, or a history of cold sores. Acne medications containing isotretinoin (such as Accutane) must be discontinued at least six months before treatment as they can inhibit healing.
Risks of Laser Treatments
Laser skin resurfacing is a very safe procedure, and while rare, there are a few risks to be aware of. These include:
- Changes in skin color
- Swelling and redness
Be sure to discuss any concerns you have with your esthetician before treatment.
Maintaining a Good Skin Care Routine
Keeping your skin beautiful after treatment requires a good skincare routine. Be sure to cleanse your skin twice daily with a gentle cleanser. Exfoliate regularly once the entire treatment process is finished to remove dead skin cells. Laser-treated skin is very sensitive to sun exposure; apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, even on cloudy days.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Rochester, NY
If you are searching for a way to improve the appearance of your skin, laser skin resurfacing may be a good option for you. Be sure to discuss your goals and expectations with your esthetician before treatment.
If you are looking for laser skin resurfacing in Rochester, NY, and have any questions or concerns, please come in today or call (301) 244-4717. We can help you decide if laser skin resurfacing is the right treatment for you.
How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?
We customize treatment programs to each person’s needs. We will develop a personalized program during your free consultation. Contact us for more details.
How long does laser skin resurfacing last?
Laser skin resurfacing results are not permanent because of the aging process. You may need to have additional treatments to maintain your results. The frequency of these treatments will vary depending on your individual needs, your skin care routine and exposure to the sun.
Can laser treatment cause bruising?
Yes, laser treatments can cause some bruising. Be sure to discuss any concerns you have with your esthetician before treatment.
Are laser skin treatments covered by insurance?
Laser treatments for cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance, and are considered elective like LASIK eye surgery or cosmetic plastic surgery. Contact us for our financing options.
How long will my face be swollen?
Swelling is a common side effect of laser skin resurfacing. The swelling will vary from person to person, but it usually subsides anywhere from 3-7 days, depending on your skin type and at-home care.
Can I use moisturizer after laser treatment?
Yes, you can use moisturizer after laser treatment. Be sure to ask your esthetician for recommendations on what type of moisturizer to use.
When can I wear makeup after laser treatment?
You should wait at least 24-48 hours after laser treatment before applying makeup.
Begin Your Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment
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