Laser resurfacing is used on the face, neck, chest and body for a variety of skin conditions and concerns. You can improve lines and wrinkles, skin irregularities, as well as acne scarring. Laser resurfacing can also tighten the skin and form new collagen growth. There are many different types of laser resurfacing with different brand names such as Fraxel and Pixel. The main types of laser resurfacing use either an Erbium laser or co2 laser.
At Charmed Medispa, our providers are laser certified operators. This is a very important credential to have when considering a laser resurfacing procedure. Our providers have advanced education and training to fully understand the dynamics of laser technology and its application.
How does laser resurfacing work?
During laser resurfacing, a beam of light is directed at the skin in short, concentrated pulses. Laser resurfacing is an adjustable treatment where our providers can change and control the depth and time of these pulses and how many pulses are to be conducted. This allows for the laser resurfacing procedure to be completely customized. For fine lines, laser resurfacing treatments can be more superficially performed with an Erbium laser. For deeper lines and wrinkles as well as acne scarring, the laser resurfacing treatment can be deeper with more passes with an Erbium or CO2 laser.
What are the laser resurfacing benefits?
There are tremendous benefits to laser resurfacing including improvement in lines and wrinkles, making skin smoother, prevention of the aging process as well as improving acne scarring. In addition, laser resurfacing promotes fresh skin growth and can improve sun spots and sun damage. Some skin conditions, health issues and darker skin tones may not be a good candidate for laser resurfacing. Also, you cannot tan after laser resurfacing so lifestyle choices are important.
Is there any downtime with laser resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing downtime can range from a few days of being red and crusty to much more significant downtime with lots of redness, healing and swelling even. Since the laser resurfacing treatment is very customizable, you can discuss with our med spa providers what you would like to commit to.
In general, the less downtime you have, the more treatments you may need. Our med spa offers light laser resurfacing that has almost no downtime and clients love it to refresh and restore the skin. Our provider can discuss all of these options with you when laser resurfacing is an option.
When should I have laser resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is a renewal of the top layers of the skin, and it is important to avoid sun exposure and tanning before and after laser resurfacing. Fall and winter are the most common times to have laser resurfacing and is known as “laser season”. In addition, it is important to use a sunblock after treatment and avoid chemicals, swimming and dirty environments while healing after treatment.
Do laser resurfacing treatments hurt?
Our Delaware med spa offers topical numbing therapy if needed before laser resurfacing. Depending on the treatment depth, type of laser and number of passes, laser resurfacing can be painless or not. These details will be discussed in depth so that you feel comfortable with your laser resurfacing treatment options and what to expect.
How many treatments are expected with laser resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is often done in a series depending on your skin condition and desired outcome. In addition, the laser resurfacing is customized so you can decide with your provider what you would like to commit to. The results of laser resurfacing can last a long time and that is a wonderful benefit.