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What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

If you have acne scars, fine lines, severe wrinkles, or blemishes, then laser skin resurfacing is sure to change your life. 

Laser resurfacing is one of the most advanced skin rejuvenation treatments available in today’s world. With this magical method, you can say goodbye to skin discoloration, sun damage, scars, roughness, and wrinkles, amongst a world of other skin issues. 

How Does Laser Resurfacing Work?

Laser resurfacing is applied by a laser to vaporize the outer layers of the skin. With it, they will target blemishes on the surface of the skin, thereby revealing ultimate smoothness and youth. 

When the heat from the laser is combined with the removal of the skin, it also begins to stimulate the growth of new younger-looking skin cells – ultimately adding back years to your life. Pretty magical, right? 

If you’re just looking to treat specific blemishes, you will most likely be placed under a local anesthetic to avoid feeling pain or discomfort during your laser skin resurfacing treatment. However, if you need to treat your entire face, your doctor may place you under a general anesthetic -meaning you won’t have to endure the pain to benefit from the gain! 

Speaking of benefits, let’s find out just what exactly makes laser skin resurfacing so popular. 

woman got Laser Resurfacing

Say Goodbye to Fine Lines and Wrinkles 

Let’s face it; we’re all going to get them. Fine lines and wrinkles are just a product of aging.

However, there is one way we can slow the process down. Laser skin resurfacing is able to target lines around the mouth and eyes. As it softens these areas, you will not only look younger, but you’ll also radiate in health. 

Reduce the Size of Enlarged Pores

Whether it’s through genetics or, once again, age -enlarged pores can get really frustrating. They can make you feel self-conscious when close to others as you try to hide your bumpy or uneven skin. 

With laser skin resurfacing treatments, you can gain a piece of your confidence back by shrinking those enlarged pores – ultimately making your skin look even and so much smoother.

Tighten Skin 

Although the earth’s gravity keeps you safe on the ground, it can also sometimes work against you, particularly your skin. As you age, gravity begins to take a toll on your skin as it pulls everything down.

With its effects, your skin may no longer bounce back like it used to. 

Laser skin resurfacing is able to enhance your skin tone, and as we mentioned earlier, encourage the production of new collagen in the areas treated. In addition to this, it also promotes the production of collagen absorption in the surrounding, untreated areas. 

The results are noticed almost immediately, and as time passes, they will continue to improve even more. 

Improve Scars 

Scars of any kind are often extremely frustrating to deal with. Whether it’s from a traumatic experience, bad acne, or surgery -it’s not necessarily something you’d like to constantly be reminded of.

Not only can scars affect your appearance, but they can also take a toll on your self-confidence. 

Results from laser skin resurfacing treatment can vary from person to person. However, it stands as a fantastic option for reducing the visibility of scars, and in some cases, may even be able to remove them altogether. 

Treat Redness or Discoloration 

Too much exposure to the sun may leave you with redness, freckles, signs of aging, or skin discoloration. This, along with skin pigmentation, can lead to a recipe for an unbalanced skin tone. 

With laser resurfacing, you can correct skin pigmentation and remove brown spots, along with redness, and even any unwanted freckles. 

treat skin pigmentation and remove brown spots with laser resurfacing

Reduce the Presence of Blood Vessels

Dominant blood vessels are frequently referred to as spider beings or broken capillaries. At times, they can also become visible due to hormones or alcoholism.

However, skin irritation and sun exposure also play a factor. 

Lucky for you, prominent blood vessels can usually be removed by laser skin resurfacing treatment, with visible results in just one or two sessions. 

Side Effects of Laser Resurfacing 

A common myth is that laser resurfacing is able to produce perfect skin. While it can’t provide you with Disney princess vibes, it can definitely improve the overall appearance of your skin. 

Similar to many things in this world, there are indeed risks when carrying out laser skin resurfacing treatment. Here’s what you need to know. 

Laser skin resurfacing treatment can: 

  • Cause burns or other injuries from the laser’s heat.
  • Produce scarring.
  • Noticeable changing with the skin’s natural pigmentation. 
  • Recurring cold sores.
  • Bacterial infection.

Laser Resurfacing Recovery

Following your laser skin resurfacing treatment, your doctor will bandage the areas treated. At this point, you’ll enter laser resurfacing recovery. 

Within 24 hours, you will need to clean the treated areas around four or five times a day. When you’ve done that, you must continue your laser resurfacing recovery guide and apply ointments like petroleum jelly. If this is carried out correctly, you should see no scabs forming. 

As part of your laser resurfacing recovery, you may also notice swelling. Don’t panic; this is entirely normal. If you find that swelling around your eyes is annoying you, your doctor may prescribe steroids to calm it down. Many have found that sleeping on an extra pillow also helps to reduce swelling. 

Final Thoughts 

All in all, laser skin resurfacing treatments utilize modern advancements to provide patients with tighter, firmer, and all-around younger-looking skin. 

Here at Team Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists are highly educated on the latest technology in resurfacing treatments. 

If you’re ready to take back control of your skin, reach out to our experts today for a same-day appointment. 

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TEAM Dermatology advises you of the departure of Dr. Kuda Maloney from our Memorial and Sugar Land locations in November of  2023.  Dr. Maloney will be pursuing interests outside of private practice and we wish her the best in achievement of her future endeavors. Please contact our office to arrange for your care with another provider in our offices.