Laser skin resurfacing uses powerful lasers to remove several layers of the epidermis, encouraging your skin to produce new, firmer and smoother skin and enhancing the production of firming collagen in your skin. Laser skin resurfacing is a proven way to help reduce wrinkles, age spots, acne scars and other blemishes as well as tighten skin and balance tone. These powerful lasers essentially burn away damaged skin, leaving your skin looking red and feeling raw for several days to weeks after the treatment.
The time it takes to heal after laser skin resurfacing varies according to several factors including the type of laser used, the location of the treatment and the individual patient’s skin type.
While recovering from laser skin resurfacing, you can expect to experience certain side effects. Some patients experience swelling, itching, crusting and tenderness. Redness typically lasts between 6 and 12 weeks after treatment. You may notice pigment changes in your skin which can include darker skin tones. Bleaching or peeling of the skin can help lighten darkened areas. You also run the risk of losing color in the treated area for up to 12 months after the procedure. In some patients, effects can be permanent.
Careful skin care is required as you heal from laser skin resurfacing. It’s important to use gentle cleansers and moisturizers, avoid the sun, don’t smoke and follow any additional post treatment instructions.
Patients most often request laser skin resurfacing treatments for the face since it’s the first thing you, and most people, notice. Aside from smoothing and creating a uniform texture of the skin of the face, laser skin resurfacing can also be tailored to improve the skin of the neck, chest, hands or other areas that may appear irregular. Repeat sessions are almost always suggested for optimal results.
If you are considering laser skin resurfacing in Phoenix, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Holy. Contact The Center for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or mddermsolutions.com today.