Facts About Laser Resurfacing Treatments

By Elaine Guthrie


The procedure in which the skin appearance is improved by using lasers is known as laser resurfacing. The procedure is also used to treat minor flaws. For the procedure, two types of lasers are used. There is the non wounding laser that stimulates collagen growth and also tightens growth of the skin underneath. The second is the wounding laser that removes layers of skin. The former is less invasive and is done in a shorter time. Laser resurfacing treatments in Cincinnati should be done professionally.

This procedure reduces the appearance of facial fine lines. Besides, it comes in handy when treating loss of skin tone and enhancing complexion in those with scars or are affected by the sun. It however is important to know the limitations that the procedure comes with. To decide whether to have the procedure, it is important to know the techniques to be used, risks involved and the expected results.

The procedure is able to treat various conditions. They include age spots, wrinkles, liver spots, uneven texture and skins damaged by the sun. In addition, it will help with scars caused by acne or chickenpox. However, it cannot bring relief to people with sagging or excessive skin. There are a number of ways to prepare for the procedure. First, the doctor will review the medical history of the patient to know various details. For instance, they will need to know the past medical conditions of the patient, or if they have undergone any cosmetic procedures in the past.

A physical examination will be required. There is inspection of the skin and examination of the areas to be examined. Such examination will help to determine the changes that will be required and if there are any physical features that may affect the outcome. The physician will also discuss what motivated the patient to consider the procedure and their expectations. Potential risks are also discussed.

The ablative procedure is done on an outpatient basis. Before it is done, the face is cleaned and the eyes covered. The skin is then numbed using local anesthetics. If the resurfacing will be extensive, for instance treatment to the whole face, one might have to be sedated. During the procedure, an intense light beam is directed to the skin.

The lasers destroy the outer skin layers while heating the underlying areas at the same time. This has the effect of shrinking collagen fibers. During healing of the wounds, newer skin is formed. The newer skin is tighter and smoother. The entire procedure takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours. The time taken depends on the method used and size of the area to be treated.

For the non ablative treatment, the treatment area will be cleaned, followed by covering of the eyes. Numbing of the skin may be necessary some hours prior to treatment. For protection of the outer layer of the skin, cool air or water based gel is used. There is no removal of skin.

After the treatment is completed, one is required to avoid exposure to the sun. This should be done for one year. Exposure to the sun will lead to irregular pigmentation.




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