You’ve done your research to see the benefits that may be obtained from laser skin resurfacing; such as smoother skin, fewer lines and wrinkles, scar removal and more. However, you may still be uncertain whether or not laser skin resurfacing is the right procedure for you.
Here are some things you may want to know before opting for a laser treatment:
1. Laser Skin Resurfacing procedure is safe
When laser skin resurfacing is done by a well-trained and professional laser specialist, you can safely achieve dramatic improvements in the condition of your skin.
Although the procedure is safe, there may be side effects. Side effects include persistent redness of the treated area, swelling, burning sensation and itching. These side effects normally resolve on their own after a short period of time. More serious and long-term side effects, although rare, may include scarring, hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation (skin darkening or loss of pigment) and infection.
2. Laser Skin Resurfacing is not suitable for everyone
Depending on your skin type, laser skin resurfacing might not be a suitable option for you. Laser treatment presents a significant risk of discolouration and cell damage for people with darker skin. There are lasers that may be safely used to treat lighter-toned people of colour but if you have very dark skin you may want to consider other resurfacing methods.
Certain medical conditions, as well as some medications and supplements, may also increase your risk of complications from laser resurfacing procedures. For this reason, you must be upfront with your laser specialist about any existing conditions and drugs you may be taking.
3. You may need multiple treatments
When you choose to have a non-ablative laser resurfacing procedure, it is likely that you will need multiple treatment sessions to achieve the results you desire. On the positive side, you will require no downtime between treatment sessions and once your treatment is completed you will have long-lasting results.
With an ablative laser resurfacing procedure, you will require fewer treatments. Though for about 2 to 3 weeks after an ablative procedure your skin will be raw and red. The skin will scab as it heals and you will not be able to see the results before it has healed completely. While waiting for your skin to heal, you will need to make adjustments to your activities to avoid situations that may cause infections. These activities include swimming and working out.
4. It may hurt
Usually, non-invasive procedures are uncomfortable at worst but it varies from treatment to treatment. It also depends on whom you ask as each individual has a different pain threshold. You may take over-the-counter pain medication before your laser treatment to reduce any discomfort or pain. If you plan to take pain medication, it should be aspirin-free as painkillers containing aspirin will increase your chances of bruising.
5. Timing is important
The time of year that you choose to have a laser resurfacing procedure can affect your results. After laser skin treatment, your skin will be hypersensitive to sunlight for up to a year. That is why it is best to have laser treatment done in autumn or winter months. At that time, there is less sunlight and you will likely be spending more time inside. On top of that, wearing sunscreen following your treatment will help to protect your skin from sun damage.
If you have decided to go ahead with laser skin resurfacing, Renew Laser Ltd Clinic can help you safely achieve smoother, more vibrant and rejuvenated skin. So, contact us today to book a free consultation.