Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Who wouldn’t love healthier, younger-looking, glowing skin? Laser skin rejuvenation can undo the damage of years of sun exposure as well as improve scars, wrinkles, and fine lines. Read on to learn everything you need to know about laser skin rejuvenation.
What is Laser Skin Rejuvenation?
Laser skin rejuvenation is a cosmetic procedure that uses energy to rejuvenate the skin. It is also called laser skin resurfacing, laser peel, laser abrasion, and laser vaporization.
There are several ways to rejuvenate the skin (see the next paragraph). The laser technique utilizes concentrated pulses of energy to remove old skin cells. Laser skin rejuvenation is unique because it allows the skin to be treated layer by layer with great precision.
Laser treatment to the skin can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as other blemishes like acne scars. The new skin cells that form after laser rejuvenation give the skin a fresher, younger-looking, tighter appearance.
Types of Skin Rejuvenation
Various types of skin rejuvenating procedures are available, including:
- Chemical peels
- Mechanical techniques (microneedling)
- Anti-wrinkle injections (Botox)
- Light treatments (BBL and IPL)
- Thermal techniques (laser skin resurfacing)
What Does Laser Skin Rejuvenation Do?
Laser skin rejuvenation is an effective cosmetic procedure for improving sun-damaged and aging skin. The laser device delivers an intense beam of energy that produces heat, which destroys the outer layer of the skin. The controlled injury to the skin stimulates the body to start repairing itself. This causes a cascade of things to happen that include stimulating the skin to produce more collagen, resulting in a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
The new skin that forms after a laser procedure is tighter and smoother with a more even skin tone. Laser skin rejuvenation is used to treat age spots, liver spots, sun spots, acne scars, fine lines, and moderate wrinkles.
Things to Consider When Evaluating Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Laser skin rejuvenation is a large umbrella that encompasses a variety of different types of energy (laser and light) devices. However, there are tons of old devices with ancient technology in the market today. At Pittman Plastic Surgery, we have invested in the Sciton platform as it is one of the leading companies in the laser industry. All of their parts are manufactured in the United States, and we feel that this investment matches our commitment to bring our patients the best and safest procedures possible.
Is Laser Treatment Safe for Skin?
Laser skin rejuvenation is generally safe. However, it’s important to choose a medical practice with experience in aesthetic procedures. In inexperienced hands, laser devices can be harmful and may lead to complications like infections, burns, or abnormal healing. At Pittman Plastic Surgery, we are the leading medical aesthetic practice in the area and have years of experience delivering medical-grade treatments to 1000’s of patients around Athens.
How Long Do Laser Rejuvenation Results Last? Is Laser Skin Rejuvenation Permanent?
You will begin to see some improvements in your skin soon after your laser skin rejuvenation, and you will continue to see improvements for up to a year. The effects of laser skin rejuvenation can last for several years. However, the procedure does not stop the aging process. Therefore, over time, fine lines and wrinkles will reappear as you grow older. You can repeat the laser rejuvenation procedure if necessary.
Preparing for Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Before you undergo laser rejuvenation, our medical providers will conduct a thorough evaluation, including a history of past and current health problems, medications, and drug allergies. Our medical team will then examine your skin to determine if you are a good candidate for laser skin rejuvenation.
Before the procedure, you may be asked to take a preventative medication for herpes virus infection, which causes cold sores. You’ll also be advised to minimize sun exposure before and after your laser skin treatment. Adherence to this recommendation is important because too much sun can lead to an irregular skin tone.
What to Expect from Laser Skin Rejuvenation
On the day of the procedure, your skin will be cleaned and prepared for the treatment. Your provider may apply numbing medicine to the treatment area to reduce discomfort. We provide you with protective eye shields during the laser procedure to protect your eyes. Typical laser skin rejuvenation procedures can last anywhere from half an hour to 2 hours, depending on the size of the area being treated and the technique used. However, our new Sciton laser skin rejuvenation technology allows us to treat most areas in less than 30 minutes!
Following the laser skin rejuvenation, your provider may apply an ointment to your skin and recommend some products to protect your face while it is healing. The great news about our laser skin rejuvenation platform is that there is little to no downtime.
Can I Get Laser Skin Rejuvenation?
Our Sciton laser skin rejuvenation platform is suitable for most skin types, with a few exceptions. People who are prone to scarring may not be recommended laser skin treatments due to the risk of damaging the skin. Also, those with cold sores or acne may not be good candidates for this procedure as these conditions can sometimes worsen after laser rejuvenation. Last but not least, smokers are at risk of poor healing after laser procedures. If you smoke, we may ask you to quit for at least 2 weeks before and after the planned laser skin rejuvenation.