About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing at Sheer Beauty Medical Skin Care is a noninvasive aesthetic treatment that employs pulsating beams of energy to exfoliate damaged surface skin cells one layer at a time. The procedure is great for correcting facial wrinkles and lines and for improving skin blemishes like pigmentation, acne scars, and more. Sometimes called a laser peel, fractional skin resurfacing is considered a great facial treatment for patients who want clearer, softer, younger-looking skin. Based on the condition of the patient's complexion, the treatment will be customized for best results. There is little recovery time needed for many laser skin resurfacing procedures. Any concerns or questions will be discussed during your consultation at one of our facilities located in Redlands, Riverside, or Upland, CA with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ben Childers.
Types of Laser Treatments
There are three kinds of laser resurfacing skin procedures that are selected depending on your skin goals. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage, while others are more aggressive:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers eliminate thin skin layers, similar to dermabrasion or a deep chemical peel, with a high level of control that permits the laser technician to avoid damage to the skin. Ablative lasers are ideal for tightening skin as well as correcting acne scars and wrinkles.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative laser treatments don't remove the skin — the laser light creates micro-injuries to the skin cells to prompt the body's natural healing response. Non-ablative procedures are ideal for minimizing wrinkles and fine lines on those who are willing to wait several months to see strong results.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional laser treatments are a combination of non-ablative and ablative that cause micro-damage in the lower skin layers. The body's automatic healing leads to tighter skin. Fractional laser treatments can also be used for deep wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, and pigmentation problems.
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There are several factors to take into consideration when deciding which laser peel treatment is best for your skin. Laser skin resurfacing is designed for anyone who is unsatisfied with their general complexion. If you see sun damage, age spots, acne scars, lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, or redness concerns, a laser skin resurfacing procedure may be good to address these cosmetic flaws. Also, laser skin resurfacing is wonderful for patients who have rough texture, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. A laser peel isn't suggested for anyone who has very dark skin tones or active acne outbreaks. Also, it's important to be aware that there is a recovery period needed after laser peels. Certain patients, based on their skin condition, may require as much as 2 – 3 weeks for recovery.
If you are scheduled for a more intense or deeper laser resurfacing treatment, you may be given a retinoid cream for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser procedure. The retinoid helps prep the skin for better results. Medication may be prescribed before the procedure to help minimize any pain for greater relaxation throughout your appointment. If your complexion only needs mild improvement, a local anesthesia may be applied to numb treated areas of the face. For the whole complexion or deeper laser procedures, a form of sedation may be used. Throughout the procedure, you can relax in our special treatment chair while the laser handpiece passes over the treatment area, targeting exactly the specific sections for resurfacing. You may feel warmth followed by cool air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser energy is designed to eliminate dead and damaged skin cells while also prompting natural collagen production.
What to Expect
For lighter peels, an ointment will be smoothed over the treated skin and you can go home for your recovery. The treated skin may seem pink and there may be some swelling and irritation. These symptoms subside in a few days and the skin peeling process will occur over a 3 – 5-day period. For those who are receiving a deeper laser peel, your recovery period will take longer. The treatment sections will be protected with dressings and the swelling, irritation, and burning side effects may be more intense. Pain medication can be prescribed to minimize these symptoms. The recovery time for a more intense laser peel may last several weeks. Every patient needs to reduce their UV exposure following their treatment and use sun protection frequently. For all peel intensities, the treated skin will naturally crust, flake, and peel off. It's vital to not hurry the recovery process to avoid scarring and to shield the treated area from UV exposure. After the peeling is finished, the treated skin should feel smoother while also appearing clearer, younger, and rejuvenated.
Plan Your Procedure
A Softer, Clearer Complexion
A laser skin resurfacing treatment provides excellent results for those who are looking to get a more youthful appearance. If you are thinking about a laser resurfacing treatment and want to hear more information about their benefits, plus more nonsurgical treatments Sheer Beauty Medical Skin Care performs, we encourage you to contact one of our offices in Redlands, Upland, or Riverside, CA today to make your appointment with Dr. Childers.