Laser Treatments – Cosmetics MedSpa
Your skin is designed to protect your body from the elements. Over time, exposure to sun, wind, chemicals, and other common substances can take a toll on your skin’s health and appearance. Collagen production decreases, which can lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, and skin can start to look splotchy, thin, and lined. Laser resurfacing is a treatment that can tackle all of these skin problems. It uses concentrated, pulsing beams of light to remove ultra-thin layers of skin without affecting the deeper layers beneath. This results in fewer acne scars, blemishes, and facial wrinkles while leaving skin new and refreshed.
How Does it Work?
Several types of lasers may be used. Most commonly, carbon dioxide, or CO2, and erbium lasers are used to resurface the skin and reveal new skin. CO2 lasers are most commonly recommended for patients who have wrinkles, scars, enlarged pores, warts, and similar skin problems. The CO2 laser may use short bursts of energy or continuous beams to remove skin layers. Recovery from CO2 laser treatments can take about two weeks. The erbium laser may be recommended for patients with deeper wrinkles on their faces, necks, chests, or hands. The erbium laser has few side effects, and the recovery period can be significantly shortened. It may also be more appropriate for patients with darker skin tones.
Am I a Candidate?
You may be a candidate for laser treatments if you have fine lines, acne scars, or if your skin has not responded to a facelift procedure. Some patients with very dark skin or acne may not be candidates for the procedure. Although resurfacing can significantly improve the appearance of skin, it may not affect stretch marks. We can help you determine if you are a candidate for laser resurfacing.
What Should I Expect?
If you are a candidate for the CO2 or erbium laser, a medical history can help us make more personalized recommendations. Certain medications, particularly aspirin or vitamin E, may need to be discontinued in the days before your procedure. Those who smoke or drink heavily may need to quit for a period before and after the procedure to promote healing. Antiviral medications may be prescribed if you are prone to cold sores.
The outpatient procedure may require a local anesthetic to reduce your discomfort. General anesthesia may be recommended if you are having your entire face or a larger section of your body treated. The procedure may take between 30 minutes and two hours. Bandages will be applied to protect the newly treated area, and an ointment will be provided to prevent scabs and keep the treated area moist.
If you have fine lines, wrinkles, or acne scars, laser treatments may be right for you. Give us a call today to learn more and to schedule your consultation.