Laser skin resurfacing is used to improve the appearance of your skin using lasers.
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Laser skin resurfacing employs the use of a laser to improve your skin texture and appearance by removing the damaged layer(s) of your skin.
There are two main types of laser resurfacing:
Ablative: Ablative laser resurfacing uses a laser to destroy and thus remove the outermost layer of your skin. In addition, it stimulates the dermis layer which as a consequence encourages collagen formation. Based on the problem you want to address, your dermatologist will decide what type of ablative laser to use, and the depth necessary to achieve optimal results.
Non-ablative: Non-ablative laser skin resurfacing enhances the appearance of your skin by heating the underlying skin layer to encourage collagen production without destroying the surface of the skin.
It is necessary to have a consultation, and decide on a treatment plan before you start your session. Additionally, the treatment is not recommended if you have a weak immune system or suffer from autoimmune diseases, are prone to scarring or have active acne or are taking specific medication.
After the non-ablative laser resurfacing your skin will look red or swollen, though you can put makeup on. To relieve pain, your doctor may recommend cold compresses or certain painkillers. Please avoid sun exposure, and use a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. Improvement is gradual and can take several months to take full effect After ablative laser resurfacing, the doctor will cover the treated area with special dressing, and assign you painkillers, antivirals to prevent infections and cold compresses. The redness of your skin may persist for a few months, though the healing takes place between 2-4 weeks. However, once the treatment area begins to heal, you can apply makeup on your skin. Avoid direct sun exposure, and use correct sun protection.
It will take a few months for your results to be noticeable, though this differs between patients.