Laser facial treatments have become a popular way to improve your appearance. It is also an increasingly affordable option for many people looking to get rid of unwanted wrinkles, acne scars, and other skin conditions. However, it’s important not to always rely on the opinions of others or what you hear from friends about laser treatments before getting more information about cosmetic laser surgery.
What are the benefits of a laser facial treatment, and how does it work?
A laser facial treatment is a popular way to get rid of wrinkles, acne scars, and other skin conditions. It also helps by reducing the appearance of pigmentation irregularities in darker-skinned patients. Before you decide on having cosmetic surgery, however, be sure that this process is right for your needs and desires.
Though many people may not know what they are getting into before trying out laser treatments such as these, there are plenty more who have found them to be beneficial for their own lives or the lives of those close to them.
Laser facial treatments can be used to treat one or more of the following skin concerns:
• Age spots, age spots are flat, dark areas on the skin that are generally caused by over-exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sun exposure or tanning booths.
• Scars, when a wound heals, it may eventually turn into a scar. Scars may be caused by acne, injury, or surgery.
• Acne Scars, Acne scars tend to occur after an individual suffers from a severe case of cystic acne; often hormonal fluctuations during puberty can cause this type of breakouts that leave behind these unsightly reminders that one will have for years to come.
• Wrinkles and lines in the skin are likely to form as you age. Wrinkles affect your appearance and can make you look older than you actually are.
• Stretch marks, stretch marks appear overtime on the body’s surface when it has been stretched too quickly or too far beyond its limits.
• Moles, moles (aka nevi) are small dark spots found all over.
• Fine lines and wrinkles on your face are common and often a sign of aging.
• Sunspots, your skin will be exposed to the sun more over time causing it to age faster–as people get older their skin also becomes thinner and less elastic allowing free radicals from the environment in which we live to penetrate deeper into our skin layers. Sunspots are one way that this is manifested; they can appear on any area of the body but most commonly occur on areas where there’s thick or thin skin: hands, face, neck arms, etc…
• Tired eyes – dark circles under tired-looking eyes can make you look years older than you actually are.
• Crow’s feet appear on your skin as you age but are most noticeable when smiling or laughing.
• Uneven skin tone can also be a sign of aging. The skin is made up of two main layers: the epidermis and dermis, both of which play a role in how fast your skin ages
• Enlarged oil glands can also be reduced and it’s possible to reduce the size of your nose, chin, or ears with laser treatments.
• Warts are also treated with laser therapy and the procedure is pain-free!
What is laser skin resurfacing?
A laser resurfacing surgery is a cosmetic procedure that’s been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin tone. The risks associated with this procedure are usually minor, but in some cases, serious complications can occur. If you’re considering getting laser treatment for your facial skin problems, it would be best to consult with an experienced physician about whether or not this type of treatment will work well for you as an individual.
How much does it cost?
Laser skin resurfacing is considered a cosmetic procedure, so it’s not covered by medical insurance. Treatment can cost anywhere between $500-$2000.
What are the risks of laser skin resurfacing?
One risk associated with cosmetic surgery is that it may fail to produce desired results, or worse yet—produce disastrous effects on your body’s appearance. It can cause burns and other serious complications if not done correctly by a professional.
What to expect from the procedure?
It targets the outer layer of your skin while simultaneously heating the lower layers in the dermis. This will start to also promote collagen production.
What should I expect after the procedure?
The recovery period will vary depending on your skin type and how much of it was resurfaced. You may experience some swelling, redness, or temporary bruising for one to three weeks following treatment, but you should be fully recovered in about six months’ time.
The procedure involves the following steps:
1. Before laser skin resurfacing, your skin needs to be prepared. This involves a series of treatments done several weeks prior to the procedure. The purpose is to increase your skin’s tolerance to professional treatments. It can also decrease your risk for side effects.
2. On the day of the procedure, your doctor will apply a topical anesthetic to the area being treated. This is used to reduce pain and make you more comfortable during the procedure. If a large area of skin is being treated, your doctor may suggest a sedative or pain killer.
3. Next, the skin is cleansed to remove any excess oil, dirt, and bacteria.
4. Your doctor begins the treatment, using the selected laser. The laser is moved slowly around the designated area of the skin.
5. Finally, your doctor will dress the treatment area in wraps to help protect the skin at the end of the procedure.
Side effects and duration:
Like other cosmetic procedures, laser skin resurfacing does pose the risk for side effects.
One side effect that can occur is a change in skin pigmentation. This typically only lasts for about one year, but it does not necessarily happen to everyone who undergoes laser treatments.
Other possible side effects include swelling, blistering, and redness of the skin during or after treatment. These reactions are very minor and typically resolve on their own. Healing usually takes between 3 to 10 days but not much longer than that. As soon as the skin starts to heal, you will be able to wear makeup and return back to work or school
You’ll also need to adjust your daily skincare routine. Such changes may include cleansing your skin more often during the day and using a gentler cleanser.
Some patients experience increased sensitivity to sunlight, heat, cold, or certain products like soap for about six months after laser resurfacing procedures. You can help minimize this by taking care to protect your face from these environmental factors with sunscreen and staying indoors.
Your skin may be sun-sensitive for up to one year following each laser skin treatment. Therefore, it’s important to wear sunscreen at all times and avoid sun exposure.
What to expect from the results?
Non-ablative laser treatments don’t pose as great of a risk for side effects, but you may experience swelling, redness, and slight pain immediately following treatment. More serious side effects may include infection or scarring of the skin. You can expect results to last six months with ablation treatments but some patients notice improvement for up to two years after one session is completed.
What to expect from aftercare and recovery?
Although some dermatologic surgeons perform laser resurfacing, these procedures aren’t classified as surgeries. You can leave your doctor’s office immediately following the procedure.
Dr. Kamran Khazaei
Dr. Kamran Khazaei is a board-certified specialist, highly experienced, and a well-trained physician. He believes in providing personalized expert care to patients seeking aesthetic and surgical options for individual problems.
He is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and his medical training was done at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.
Dr. Khazaei is a surgeon trained and certified in liposuction by the world-renowned father of tumescent liposuction, Dr. Jeffrey A. Klien of California. He offers to all of his patients a friendly courteous staff who provide support for both pre and post-treatment and procedures.
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