If aging, sun exposure and acne have left your face with scars, wrinkles, and lines, then laser skin resurfacing can help your skin look younger and healthier.
What is skin resurfacing?
It is a skin treatment that uses intense pulsed light, or thermal or other chemical methods, to remove wrinkles. The treatment promotes the creation of new cells that reverses the aftereffects of acne, aging and sun exposure. The process removes the skin layer by layer. The new skin cells give skin a tighter and younger looking surface.
What areas can be treated?
It can treat wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, and forehead.
Preparing for the treatment
- Consult a dermatologist or a skin specialist to find out if you can undergo this treatment.
- If you get blisters in your mouth, tell your doctor about it. This treatment can trigger such breakouts.
- Also tell your doctor, if you are on some medication especially if you take any vitamin supplements regularly.
- Stop smoking two weeks before and after the procedure as this may prolong the healing.
- If you are prone to any bacterial infection, then the doctor may give you some anti- bacterial injections and medicines.
- For treating small areas, the doctor will sedate you with local anesthesia and will perform the treatment.
Laser resurfacing can only be performed by a licensed practitioner. It is an outpatient procedure that means you need not to get hospitalized.
After the treatment
After the treatment, the doctor will bandage your treated areas. You have to clean the treated areas four to five times a day and then apply moisturizer to prevent scabs. You may feel swelling, itching after the treatment. This may last for 12 to 72 hours. This is temporary, If this symptom last for longer, contact your doctor immediately. Your skin has also become dry for some time, and after that the skin will retain its normal texture. Also apply a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage. Cover yourself properly while going out in the sun. Also keep your skin well moisturized.