Laser Skin Resurfacing

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Laser Skin Resurfacing Overview

Laser skin resurfacing can diminish wrinkles, reduce signs of skin damage, and tighten underlying tissue structures which cause the skin to look younger and firmer. Laser technology is revolutionizing the cosmetic surgery industry by offering patients significant skin resurfacing results without surgery or other invasive treatment. Remarkable innovations in laser manufacturing and laser skin technology has changed the face of laser treatments forever.

There are as many lasers as there are skin conditions to treat, and with recent breakthroughs in laser technology, your choices for laser strength, depth of treatment, the amount of safeguards for skin protection and the length of recovery time are extensive. Laser skin resurfacing can effectively treat fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, acne, and can tighten sagging skin along the cheeks and jowls. After laser skin resurfacing your skin will look younger, firmer and more radiant.

 

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in laser skin resurfacing, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Laser Skin Resurfacing

Having realistic expectations about how your looks will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe laser skin resurfacing will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having laser treatments will help your skin look younger and healthier. Looking younger, vibrant and well rested may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Since laser skin resurfacing is not a surgery, many surgeons have a licensed professional perform laser treatments for their practice. These practitioners usually have significant experience with the laser devices used at the site. Make sure to ask the surgeon who will be performing your treatment, ask for their credentials and experience, and ask to see their before-and-after photos. If you do not feel comfortable with the practitioner performing the treatment, you do not have to commit to the procedure, even if the consultation is free.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the different aspects of laser skin resurfacing:

  • There are many different manufacturers of lasers for skin resurfacing. Ask which device or devices your surgeon uses and why? The benefits and recovery periods vary for each device, and the surgeon should determine which treatment will provide the best results for you based on your skin tone, texture, level of damage and the kind of recovery you would like to experience.
  • Will the laser treatment affect your skin tone?
  • How many treatments will be necessary to achieve your desired result?
  • Do you need to avoid sun exposure before and after treatment? For how long?

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Board-Certified Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, we can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about the surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result

Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery

Your recovery will depend on the type of laser used during your treatment. Stronger lasers tend to have longer recovery periods.

Immediately following treatment your skin might appear sunburned and possibly a little swollen. Depending on the area being treated, your surgeon might prescribe a topical cream to soothe the area. After a few days, your skin may flake or peel like after a tan or sunburn.

You will want to clean your skin with a mild soap and not use any astringents or chemicals that might irritate your skin.

You should avoid sun exposure of the treated area until your skin has completely healed, and always wear sunscreen once your skin has been treated every time you are out doors.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Risks

Risks from laser skin resurfacing are minimal and are usually temporary when they do occur.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • What is the risk of skin discoloration?
  • What is the risk of burning or blistering of the skin?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with laser skin resurfacing nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every treatment carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Laser Skin Resurfacing

The results of laser skin resurfacing depend on the type and number of treatments used and the level of skin damage being addressed.

In general, lasers encourage your body’s natural ability to create collagen beneath the surface of your skin, causing old, dead skin cells to slough away revealing younger, firmer, more radiant skin cells. Once the new cells appear, they too will begin to age. The rate of age and deterioration is determined by many factors including eating habits, hydration, and overall wellbeing. The better you take care of your health the longer your results will tend to last.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon; therefore all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in laser skin resurfacing, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.