Laser Skin Rejuvenation
What is laser skin rejuvenation?
Laser skin rejuvenation is a treatment that helps a patient achieve smooth skin while battling acne, sun damage, and other skin concerns. Laser technology keeps recovery time minimal and pain to a bearable amount. Most procedures are performed in office.
Who is the best candidate for laser skin rejuvenation?
Individuals suffering from a wide array of skin concerns may benefit from laser skin rejuvenation. The procedure is often used to reduce the appearance of acne scar, sun damage, pore size, fine lines, and wrinkles. This treatment can also help those uncomfortable with their freckles, skin discoloration, scars, birthmarks, and skin imperfections.
What types of lasers are used for laser skin rejuvenation?
The most common lasers used for this procedure are CO2 lasers, Erbium lasers, Nd:YAG lasers and an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment. CO2 lasers are some of the highest intensity laser treatments available today and use heat to restrict collagen bands in the skin, making the skin appear tighter and smoother. Erbium laser are more precise than CO2 lasers, and are a good choice for patients with dark skin or generally healthy skin who want minimal recovery time and a lower risk of negative side effects. Nd:YAG lasers are often used for hair removal and treating spider veins. IPL procedures used intense pulses of light to penetrate deep into the skin. This treatment is the least painful and usually has the shortest recovery time.
What areas can be treated with laser skin rejuvenation?
Most areas of the face and neck can be treated with laser skin rejuvenation, however skin conditions near the eyes, nose, and mouth will need to be treated with caution. Depending on the severity of the skin condition and the type of treatment used, a doctor may advise against the treatment if it may damage those areas.
How many treatments will be required for laser skin rejuvenation?
The number of treatments required will vary from individual to individual. Factors include skin type, skin pigmentation, skin concerns, the area being treated, and the overall desired results. Non-ablative lasers usually require more than one treatment for best results.
How long does a typical treatment session take?
The length of a treatment session will depend on the type of laser used and the size of the affected area. A small section of the face can be treated in ten minutes with some lasers, while a full-face treatment with other lasers can take up to two hours.
Does skin rejuvenation hurt?
Pain will depend on the type of laser used and an individual’s pain tolerance level. IPL treatments are generally the least painful, but often will still put the patient in mild discomfort. Many patients describe a typical laser treatment similar to the snap of a rubber band.
Are there side effects associated with laser skin rejuvenation?
It is common for skin to swell and become red following a treatment session. Some peeling may also occur. These symptoms often disappear after a few days, but depending on an individual’s skin sensitivity and the type of treatment they may last up to two weeks. Some potential risks of laser skin rejuvenation include burns, scarring, changes in skin pigmentation and bacterial infection.
How much do laser skin rejuvenation treatments cost?
The average cost for laser skin resurfacing is about $2,500. This number can vary greatly depending on the type of procedure and number of treatments, as well as insurance coverage. Laser skin resurfacing is considered a cosmetic procedure, so most insurance companies do not cover the treatment.
Can treatment be performed after sun exposure?
While it can be difficult to completely avoid sun exposure, it is best to limit exposure as much as possible in the weeks leading up to treatment. Exposure to UV rays up to two months before treatment can cause irreversible skin pigment changes during the procedure. Be diligent about wearing sunscreen and avoid spending too much time outdoors.
Advantages of cosmetic laser skin rejuvenation?
Laser skin rejuvenation can bring elasticity and youthfulness back to skin that has been damaged from sun, acne and other ailments. Patients experience more confidence in their skin after they have fully healed. It is also a noninvasive and relatively cheap treatment.