Skin Resurfacing by Lasers and Other Methods
We all develop skin issues over time, such as wrinkles and expression lines. That's just part of getting older, right? Maybe. It can be from age, damage from the environment, or even genetics. It doesn't matter what the cause is. We want it to disappear so we can look younger.
How does laser skin resurfacing work? What skin resurfacing can do is to peel away layers of damaged skin and reveal the healthy cells beneath it. The aesthetic laser devices use short pulses of light to target specific skin cells on the surface of the skin. This concentrated light-based energy carefully removes the outside skin cells a layer at a time. At the same time, it heats the deeper layer of skin to stimulate collagen production. While older model lasers had more significant side effects, they are minimal now with modern technology. Flushing of the skin, a burning sensation, and irritation of the skin are the most common side effects these days. There is no real downtime now and you can return to work or other activities the same day.
What are chemical peels? Chemical peels are a form of skin resurfacing in which chemicals are applied to the surface of the skin and left on only during the treatment. They act as a chemical exfoliant to remove the outermost layer of skin. This type of skin resurfacing treatment only works on the surface of the skin, no deeper. Unfortunately, there is downtime associated with this as skin can be left raw, depending on how strong the chemical peel was. Risks include possible infections, raw or bleeding skin, and allergic reactions.
Dermabrasion versus microdermabrasion Another way to resurface skin is by exfoliating the skin. Dermabrasion does it with a handheld device that basically sands the skin surface to exfoliate the cells. It is rougher and leaves the skin irritated and raw afterwards. Microdermabrasion is a process in which micro sized sand crystals or polishing crystals are sprayed onto the skin and rubbed off. This method is milder and the results are much more subtle than with dermabrasion.
What to avoid with skin resurfacing treatments There are certain issues to be careful of when you schedule a skin resurfacing procedure: Recent outbreak of acne or other skin condition - You should wait until it clears as the procedure can trigger a new outbreak Skin is sunburned or has open sores or wounds - Skin that is presently damaged can easily be open to infections. Smoking - The body takes longer to heal if you are a smoker. Try to avoid smoking for two weeks before your treatment.
How long are the treatments? It varies by which treatment is selected and how much resurfacing is needed. Mild resurfacing should take around 15 minutes whereas more intense resurfacing will take around an hour. If this is your first procedure with the clinic, you need to allow yourself extra time to fill out medical questions and other health forms prior to the treatment.
Selecting a clinic Don't forget to do a bit of research on the clinic before you schedule your appointment. Check the reviews by previous clients, look at the clinic's credentials, and ask questions. Your best choice is a clinic that has performed the selected procedure many times before. It's important to feel confident that the clinic you choose knows what it is doing.
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