Lasers have proven to be a real breakthrough when it comes to changing the look and feel of your skin. As the technology has become more refined, laser skin resurfacing has been proven to assist in the reduction of wrinkles, age spots, acne scars and other skin imperfections. It is even able to increase elasticity, while making skin appear tighter and more balanced.
With that being said, there are a variety of devices and methods available, and each works better for different issues and with different skin types. Here are some basics to get you started when understanding laser skin resurfacing.
1. The time of year you have laser resurfacing will impact the outcome
Due to the fact that having a laser resurfacing treatment makes skin super sensitive to sun exposure, autumn is considered the best time to seek a laser skin treatment. In fact, skin can remain quite sensitive for up to a year after the procedure, so many professionals will recommend having the treatment done early to mid-autumn, when daytime hours are shorter, and you are more likely to spending more of the day inside. In addition, regardless of the time of year you have the procedure, you should always follow-up by wearing a high-quality daily sunscreen and reapplying often.
2. Laser resurfacing works on a variety of skin tones
One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to laser resurfacing is that it only works on light skin types. Although it is true that with certain kinds of treatment, patients with darker skin need to be more careful about discoloration, there are still many safe and effective options available for people with all different shades of skin. If you do have darker skin, it is important to find a provider who has lots of training and experience working with darker skinned patients and that they are able to provide you with ample information and examples of successful procedures from the past.
3. Skin resurfacing should be done by a professional
Speaking of looking for an experienced provider, be warned that in order to end up with successful skin resurfacing, it needs to be done by a professional. In the right hands, skin resurfacing is a fairly easy and straightforward way to dramatically improve the appearance of your skin. Unfortunately, lasers being used incorrectly can not only be ineffective, but even dangerous. Before you agree to let anyone near your skin with a laser, make sure they have the correct experience, training and qualifications. Although it can be tempting to go for a good deal, don’t make your decision solely on who is offering the best price or has a brand name laser platform.
4. Medications or existing conditions can affect the outcome of the procedure
One of the ways you will be able to tell you’re working with a professional is that they will ask you about your medical history and any medications or supplements you are currently taking. Make sure to be upfront with them and to spend some time prior to the appointment thinking about any conditions that might play a role. For example, acne medications can lead to poor healing, and even over-the-counter products like aspirin have been shown to increase the likelihood of post-procedure bleeding.
5. You will probably have to have multiple treatments
Although it is true that in some cases once is enough, the vast majority of non-ablative lasers will require a series of treatments in order to end up with the best results. It does require some patience, but generally repeat treatments will provide the best results and will be the safest and least problematic when it comes to recovery.