The 5 Steps of Laser Skin Resurfacing
If there's something there that keeps you from facing forward with confidence, then facial laser skin resurfacing could be a valuable option for you. There are two types of laser skin resurfacing:
- Light Treatment - Refreshing the skin with a light peel that doesn't require any anesthetic or need for down time.
- Aggressive Treatment - Targeting more difficult areas, using an anesthetic, with down time and redness for a week
Which type you choose depends on what your skin needs and what your goals are for having the treatment. Many people ask me what these procedures are like, so I am breaking them down here in 5 steps.
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If you are thinking about using laser skin resurfacing to repair or rejuvenate your look, and are wondering about the process, here are the 5 steps:
Step 1: Having a Consultation
The first step is to have a consultation where we can evaluate your goals and identify problem areas you'd like to target. With this information, we can begin to create your personal treatment plan.
Step 2: Creating Your Personal Treatment Plan
The next step is that we create your plan based on your time availability and goals set in the consultation. We will take the information received during the consultation and create a plan that best fits your needs.
Step 3: Receiving Treatment
The process of receiving treatment is fairly quick and smooth. If a mild laser resurfacing is the procedure of choice, then just washing the face is all that is required. The heavier treatments require topical anesthetic for 30 minutes after washing the face. The laser is then run over the entire face for 20 minutes, and then the specific problem areas are addressed with multiple passes of the laser. The treatment feels like a warm, pain-free sensation, and the next few day your face feels tighter and smoother.
Step 4: Follow up Care
Follow up care for laser skin resurfacing is minor. If you've had the more aggressive treatment done, then the skin turns a slight pink for up to a week. Since the new skin is tender at first, use Aquaphor ointment for 5 days after treatment. After that initial recovery time, you're all set! For many, the healing time is very quick.
Step 5: Maintenance
Your skin in renewed from the laser treatment and you want to keep it looking vibrant and smooth! Maintain its new health and glow by keeping your skin moisturized, staying hydrated, and keeping protected from heavy sun exposure. There are many great ways to maintain a healthy glow and keeping up those habits will help you maintain the new skin you have through your laser skin resurfacing treatment.
Take a look at the difference it makes, learn more about your options, and help yourself face the world in a refreshed way!