Everything You Need to Know About Laser Resurfacing Treatments

Laser skin resurfacing employs concentrated beams of energy to remove dead skin cells to reveal a refreshed skin presence and increase collagen production. Whether you need help with uneven skin tone, facial lines, sunspots, freckles, or diminishing acne scarring, laser skin resurfacing can address your concerns. Here are some essential facts to consider as you investigate if laser skin resurfacing is right for you.

Types of Lasers Available

You should be aware of two categories of lasers: ablative and non-ablative. Both can be effective for skin resurfacing, with different brand-named technologies that switch between the two. Our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Douglas Key, offers Fraxel laser technology to resolve common skin imperfections conveniently and with minimum discomfort.

Ablative Lasers

Ablative lasers remove the outermost layer of skin to reveal the younger-looking, smoother skin that rests underneath. This treatment is ideal for patients who have moderate wrinkles or severe sun-damaged skin.

Non-Ablative Lasers

These lasers target the tissue beneath the skin. They trigger the underlying tissue and skin cells to produce elastin and collagen proteins through laser energy pulses. These treatments can provide a clearer complexion, firmer skin presence, and fewer fine lines. The treatment is less involved than its ablative counterpart.

Are Laser Treatments Painful?

Discomfort levels vary, depending on the laser treatment chosen and the pain tolerance of the individual patient. Some of our clients compare laser skin resurfacing to the sensation of a rubber band snapping against the skin, while others may require a topical anesthetic cream.

What Results Should You Expect?

After a non-ablative procedure, you should expect some sensitivity and redness. Your skin may also feel a bit itchy and tight. After treatment, your skin will be more vulnerable to direct UV exposure from the sun, so it’s crucial to apply sunscreen liberally.

You should expect extreme sensitivity, redness, and swelling after ablative laser treatments. Dr. Key and his team will instruct you on specific post-treatment care protocols, including applying topical skin products to soothe the skin and help accelerate healing and recovery. After the ablative laser treatment, your discomfort may last from a few days to a week or more.

Is Laser Skin Resurfacing Right for You?

Many spas and aestheticians offer laser treatments. But when it comes to your skin health, there is no better choice than a board-certified dermatologist. In your face-to-face consultation, Dr. Key will evaluate the quality of your skin and ask you in-depth questions about your medical history and desired results. During this conversation, he will be able to determine if you are a candidate for laser treatments and decide which one is best for you and your cosmetic goals. Contact us to schedule your virtual or in-person consultation today!

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