Lasers have made it possible to remove unwanted hair, unwanted ink, and even unwanted lines and wrinkles. Due to demand and innovation, some laser treatments have been developed in a relatively short period. The plethora of devices can make your head spin. We’d like to save you from that by providing facts regarding laser skin resurfacing and what this anti-aging can do for you.
There is a “best time” for laser treatment.
Fall and winter are great seasons for laser skin resurfacing because there are fewer hours of sunlight in the day, and most people tend to spend more time indoors when the weather cools down. Even if you schedule your resurfacing treatment in the thick of winter, you’ll need to wear SPF 30, broad-spectrum sunscreen every day to avoid UV damage.
Pain is a delicate matter.
Most people want to know if laser skin resurfacing will hurt. The answer is not as straightforward as the question largely because there are so many types of lasers and varying degrees of resurfacing. We offer sedative medication and local numbing cream to help patients remain comfortable during their treatment.
You can have laser skin resurfacing done even if you have darker skin.
It is a common misconception that laser treatments are only appropriate for people with light skin. This used to be the case, and there are lasers that should not be used on darker skin. But newer devices and wider ranges in wavelength make it easier to treat all skin types and tones.
Non-surgical doesn’t always mean no downtime.
Depending on the strength of a laser resurfacing treatment, downtime of a few days up to a few weeks may be needed. The deeper the laser penetrates the skin, the more redness, and flaking that will occur over time. We discuss what to expect with each patient before treatment so adequate preparations may be made.
Different lasers accomplish different goals.
This is precisely why choosing laser skin resurfacing can be intimidating. Some lasers treat deeper scars and wrinkles (CO2) while others reduce sun spots and promote collagen production without much downtime if any (erbium lasers). We help patients decide which treatment would best meet their needs as well as their preferences.
It’s that time of year when it’s ideal to give your skin a boost. Call our Denver office to learn more about laser skin rejuvenation.