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Which Skin Problems Can Laser Skincare Address?

Which Skin Problems Can Laser Skincare Address?

Laser skin resurfacing, or laser skin rejuvenation is a non-invasive procedure that transforms the appearance of the skin, often addressing many of the most common signs of aging. Here at John Williams MD Plastic Surgery, many of our patients enjoy laser skincare to reverse signs of sun damage in the skin, such as sunspots and premature wrinkles. Both men and women enjoy their results with laser skin resurfacing. However, this non-surgical treatment may not be ideal for all patients. Continue reading for a closer look at which skin problems are best treated with laser skin care.

How Laser Skin Rejuvenation Works
Laser skin rejuvenation works with a two-fold approach. First, targeted frequencies of laser light and visible light damage specific cells beneath the skin’s surface, such as pigments and scar tissues. As these cells are damaged, the body’s natural healing response kicks in. The skin begins to self-repair. In addition, laser light stimulates collagen and elastin production in the deeper layers of skin. As a result, patients will see a gradual improvement in their skin’s appearance in the weeks following their treatment. The skin will appear soft, supple, and smooth as fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation fade away.

Treatable Areas with Laser Skincare
Laser treatments like laser hair removal can take place anywhere on the body or face. However, laser skin rejuvenation is often targeted at the face and neck—areas that receive more exposure to sunlight and other elements. Individuals with early signs of aging, sun damage, or poor complexion will be ideal candidates for laser skin care. Laser light is most effective in treating pigmentation irregularities, fine lines and wrinkles, scars (including acne scars), and rough skin. Alternatively, it is not recommended for patients who have very dark skin, are pregnant, or have active acne breakouts.

Treatment Considerations
When you are deciding whether laser skin resurfacing is right for you, there are several considerations. First, you will want to fully understand the recovery period associated with laser skin care. While laser resurfacing is a non-invasive procedure, it can leave the skin sensitive and more prone to sun damage for up to 2-3 weeks. However, you should be able to carry out most of your normal daily routine shortly after your treatment.

Along with recovery time, you will need to think about how many treatments are necessary for your skin. Many patients will see favorable results for mild skin abnormalities in one treatment. More severe skin conditions, such as extensive scarring or deeper wrinkles will need additional treatment sessions.

Alternatives to Laser Skin Resurfacing
If laser skincare is not right for your skin type or it is not appropriate for your specific skin concerns, there are alternative procedures to consider. For significant age-related damage, such as severe wrinkles and sagging skin, a surgical approach with a facelift or brow lift may be most appropriate. For patients with active acne breakouts, chemical peels can help to reduce skin irritation and prevent future breakouts. Chemical peels can also address many other skin concerns as well, such as fine lines and scarring. Finally, if laser skincare is beyond the scope of what your skin needs, you might book revitalizing facial instead. The OxyGeneo facial can infuse the skin with much-needed nutrients to help erase damage while improving overall complexion and skin texture.

At John Williams MD Plastic Surgery, you can explore just the right non-surgical and surgical treatment options for your skin. All consults are attended by Dr. Williams to ensure that the right procedure is selected for every patient. To book your first appointment in our Scottsdale plastic surgery office, call us at (480) 630-1722.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.