If you are like many, and suffer with not-so-perfect skin, finding a solution can sometimes feel like a world away. Many of us want to rid our skin from acne, scars and fine lines but can’t find the proper treatment to do just that. Well, for many, you don’t have to look much further because laser skin resurfacing might be the right option. This treatment can remove the impurities in your skin and give it a lush, beautiful glow you’ve always wanted.
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing removes layers of skin to help rid the surface from common problems like acne and wrinkles. The beams from the laser penetrate deep into the skin to help give a tighter, smoother appeal, free from pesky problems you’ve endured with in the past. After the procedure is done you will have the old layer of skin removed, bringing with it a new, younger layer to enjoy.
Laser Skin Resurfacing with a Cosmetic Dermatologist
Your cosmetic dermatologist at Mayoral Dermatology is experienced with laser skin resurfacing and may easily perform this treatment along the eyes or forehead. Before the treatment, you will meet with your doctor for a consultation to go over all your questions and concerns. This it the time when your doctor will also be able to discuss your medical history and if you are currently taking any medications that might cause any complications. Antibiotics might also be given to the patient before the treatment to help any infection, especially for those who are prone to certain outbreaks like cold sores.
During the Procedure
Once you are ready for the laser skin resurfacing procedure, your doctor will prepare the area for treatment. Each area being treated (eyes, forehead, cheeks, etc) with the laser can take an estimated 30 minutes to an hour. You will feel a few pricks from the laser but the treatment is not hurtful or too uncomfortable.
After Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments
Once the laser skin resurfacing procedure is complete, you will need to be bandaged around the area that the laser targeted to help prevent any infection and to allow the area to heal efficiently. Since the skin will be raw and new, you’ll want to keep it clean and away from everyday particles and bacteria so wearing a bandage is important.
You will then need to clean the area a few times a day while administering ointment on the skin to help keep it moist so that there are no unwanted scabs that can cause scarring.
Healing usually occurs 10-20 days after the initial treatment and you may find that your skin does start to peel, which is completely normal. During this time you should avoid staying out in the sun and should always wear sunscreen. You will also want to keep your skin free from makeup for the time time being so that it doesn’t get clogged and irritated. Instead, you’ll need to focus on keeping the skin moisturized so that it stays healthy and continues to heal properly.
Common Side Effects
The doctors at Mayoral Dermatology take every action to limit discomfort while setting the path for a healthy healing process. Common side effects of laser skin resurfacing treatments include:
- Small white bumps
Severe Side Effects
While you may endure some common side effects after laser skin resurfacing such as redness and swelling, there are some other problems you’ll want to keep an eye out for. Here are a few extreme side effects that should never go unnoticed and if they occur, contact your doctor immediately:
- Hyper-pigmentation (skin pigmentation changes in color)
- Acne flare ups
These few severe side effects are usually found in worst case scenario type stories but are something to always watch out for. If you are experiencing any burning or change in skin pigmentation, you’ll want to reach out to your doctor right away to help prevent any scarring or bacterial infection.
To ensure you get the best results and so that you don’t have these severe problems, be sure to not only take care of your skin but also use an ice pack when needed to help remove swelling and use an extra pillow while sleeping to help elevate. You should also quit smoking, since that can cause issues while healing.
Will Insurance Cover Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Since this type of procedure is to be considered a cosmetic treatment, your insurance will most likely not be paying for it. Discuss your payment options with the doctor at Mayoral Dermatology and also speak with your insurance provider just in case.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Summary
Laser skin resurfacing can be a wonderful cosmetic treatment for you if you’re looking to have softer, more youthful skin. If you have annoying acne or frustrating wrinkles, this might be the best option to help smooth out your skin to make you look and feel your best.
While other treatments and creams say they will give you long lasting results, laser skin resurfacing really does provide long-lasting results, giving you the skin you have always wanted. Speak with your doctor at Mayoral Dermatology today to find out your options and whether laser skin resurfacing is the best cosmetic procedure for you.