Am I a Good Candidate For Laser Skin Resurfacing?
If you’re like most people, you probably have some skin problems you’d like to improve, such as lines, wrinkles, or acne scars. Laser skin resurfacing can help lessen the appearance of issues such as these in a minimally-invasive way with no downtime.
In this blog, the doctors at Tri-County Medical Clinic in Sterling Heights, MI explain what laser skin resurfacing is and what it’s used for:
What is laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a minimally invasive procedure that allows your doctor to precisely target damaged tissue such as wrinkles, scars, and blemishes. It also helps stimulate your skin’s production of new collagen, which helps it retain a more youthful, firm, supple appearance.
How does it work?
There are several different types of laser resurfacing, including the following:
- Laser Genesis – This treatment heats up the layer of skin underneath the surface, stimulating the production of new collagen and helps plump the skin.
- Pearl Fractional laser therapy – Pearl Fractional laser therapy delivers short, concentrated beams of light at problem areas of your skin. It removes columns of damaged tissue and helps create new collagen.
- Photofacial IPL – Multiple pulses of light are used to target brown and/or red pigment and treat the face, chest, and hands.
- LaseMD - A 1927 nm Thulium nonablative resurfacing fractional laser that creates microzones of thermal injury in the skin. The epidermis and dermis heal from the inside out. There is little to no downtime. Helps improve skin texture, sun damage, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and decreases pore size.
How long does it take to see results?
Your skin will peel about five to seven days after your treatment, and healing will usually take from 10 to 21 days.
How many treatments will I need?
In some cases, one treatment will yield the results you’re looking for especially with Pearl Fractional. In many cases, however, you may need a series of treatments to get the best results. This is usually the case with Laser Genesis.
The good news is that there’s no downtime after your treatments, and once they’re complete, the results last for a long time.
What does recovery look like?
Your doctor will bandage the treated area of your face, and after 24 hours you’ll need to clean it 4-5 times a day. You’ll also need to apply ointment. Your skin may itch or sting for a few hours or days.
You may experience swelling, which is normal. Prescribed steroids can help lessen the swelling, and so can sleeping on an extra pillow.
After 5-7 days, your skin will peel and will heal in anywhere from 10-21 days. Your skin may be red for a while, but you can use oil-free makeup to make this less obvious.
You’ll also need to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 and a zinc oxide content of at least 7%. Avoid the sun during peak times – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
Finally, talk to your doctor about how you can best keep your skin well-moisturized after your treatments.
Who is a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing?
You might be a good candidate if you have one or more of the following:
- Fine, moderate, or deep lines and wrinkles
- Sun-damaged skin
- Acne scars
- Uneven skin texture
- Large pores
To find out more about laser skin resurfacing, make an appointment today for a consultation with Tri-County Medical Clinic in Sterling Heights, MI. We offer several types of laser skin resurfacing treatments to offer personalized treatment, and if you’re a good candidate, we can suggest the one that’s best for your needs.