Laser skin resurfacing is a highly effective way to eliminate skin imperfections that have developed over the years. It smooths out bumps and thick textures on your skin, reduces the appearance of acne scars and sun damage and tightens and tones your skin.
While many people are familiar with Botox, fillers and other non-invasive cosmetic treatments, they don’t know as much about laser treatments. This guide will help you better understand how laser skin resurfacing works and why it’s such an effective tool.
During the treatment, a laser wand sends short, pulsating beams of laser energy into your skin. The beams are absorbed by the layers of your skin, causing thermal energy changes in the superficial and deeper skin layers. During the process, collagen and elastin, which have been damaged over the years, are “ablated” or destroyed. As your body heals, new healthier collagen is produced. The result is a brighter, fresher appearance that lasts for years.
Laser skin resurfacing doesn’t really hurt. It feels similar to a rubber band being snapped against your skin. The sensation may be more pronounced if the deepest layers of your skin are treated. A topical numbing cream can be applied to your skin to lessen discomfort. If you’re really concerned about discomfort, IV sedation may be an option for you.
That depends on your unique skin and the problems you want to correct. Some people see results following one treatment; others may need several over a period of months to achieve their goals.
Your recovery will depend on how many layers of skin were treated. The laser treatment will cause your skin to peel, flake and become red as if you had a sunburn. You’ll need to rest and take it easy, giving your body time to heal adequately before returning to your normal routine.
For most people, you’ll need only a few days off work while your skin heals. If your treatment plan requires ablating the very deepest skin layers, you may need a week or longer to fully heal.