Laser skin resurfacing will reduce facial imperfections, blemishes, wrinkles and acne scarring, among others. With this in mind, I have decided to go ahead and lay down some knowledge about the treatment for all you skin tightening disciples out there, as it is still an incredible tool we can all use to melt away the years, so to speak. So gather ‘round the fire, as the skin tightening sage fills you in.
Laser skin resurfacing works by vaporizing damaged skin cells at the surface level. If your age marks are shallow and fine, this particular technique may be perfect for you. Unfortunately, if you are of a dark complexion or have acne it may not be ideal to use. Whatever the case, make sure to discuss it with your physician before committing to the procedure!
CO2 vs. Erbium
There are two types of lasers that are commonly used in laser skin resurfacing and these are CO2 and Erbium lasers.
CO2 lasers have been used for years now for these procedures and now operate by exposing skin to both continuous and short light energy pulses, thereby removing thinner layers of skin with only negligible damage from the heat.
Erbium accomplishes much of the same as CO2 but is not accompanied by the same swelling or bruising effects (redness as well) that can be expected from CO2 laser treatments. As such, recovery time is not as long either.
If your skin is darker, Erbium will also be better than CO2 but it would still be best to consult with your doctor to see which procedure would be appropriate for your situation.
Laser Skin Resurfacing 101
In most cases, laser skin resurfacing will be an outpatient procedure and you should be in and out in less than an hour! However, if you are doing more than just a small area on your face, the common local anesthetic application will not be enough. Some bigger procedures will require around 2-3 hours or more and you may even be put under completely if necessary.
After it’s over, the doctor will bandage the area and most likely instruct you to clean the treated area around 4-6 times a day and apply petroleum jelly or ointment to reduce scabbing. Its normal to expect up to 25 days to heal properly and swelling will be an issue in most cases, as well as itchiness and stinging as the treated area begins to heal.
After about a week of maintenance, you can expect your laser-treated face to start drying and peeling into redness. This redness may continue for up to six months but oil-free makeup can be used to conceal anything out of the ordinary, as long as the treated areas have healed.
It’s important to note that you should protect your newly treated skin from the sun for a while after the procedure. It will seem lighter and be extra susceptible to harmful ultraviolet rays. Broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 40 or higher will be perfect for this, as it will block out both ultraviolet B and A rays. While you’re at it, a large-brimmed hat wouldn’t hurt either, and don’t forget to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
The Price You Pay for Laser Skin Resurfacing
Skin tightening beauty will always come at a cost. While laser skin resurfacing will not give you perfect skin, it will certainly improve its appearance! Unfortunately, the procedure does come with its fair share of risks and complications. There will always be a chance for scarring, changes in skin color or pigmentation, laser burns and many more but are these issues worth the risk? That’s really for you to decide!
Depending on the gravity of the procedure, it can cost around $2000 or more and due to the cosmetic nature of the procedure, your insurance probably won’t cover it either. Some people are still getting the procedure done regularly though, so it does percolate the interest! Are all these costs worth it? What do you think?
Laser skin resurfacing offers an all-around solution for many types of skin imperfections but it sure comes at a cost! My advice to all the skin tightening disciples out there is to discuss things with your physician or favorite cosmetic specialist before taking the plunge.
This procedure will work wonders on you if you fit the criteria and it really isn’t as pricey as other treatments out there! If it seems like something you can handle, then go for it! Just take it slow and steady and keep your mortal vessel safe in the process.
I hope I have had a chance to enlighten you, even just a tad! Thanks for reading!
***If you are looking for professional consultation on skin resurfacing don’t hesitate to contact our friends over at Xara Skin Clinic in Sydney.***
Your beloved sage know that a few informative paragraphs may not be enough to satiate your inquisitive minds! So please feel free to check out these videos for more information on the procedure:
I included this last video just to show that this procedure isn’t really for everyone. Laser treatment is quite painful and will leave you with significant blemishes during the healing period. So, if you can’t deal with that then maybe it’s not for you. Skin tight beauty will always come with a price to pay!