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Laser Skin Resurfacing

East Coast Plastic Surgery | Red Bank, NJ

Beauty tip for glowing skin by Spring

Unfortunately, our skin begins to change as we age. Environmental factors, diet, and even genetic factors can increase wear and tear on the skin as we begin to get older. Laser resurfacing, also known as laser peels, have been shown to greatly reduce the look of fine lines, blemishes, and discoloration. This minimally invasive procedure provides results on par with microdermabrasion and chemical peels, but with fewer concerning side effects. With laser resurfacing you do not have to worry about bruised or irritated skin, so you can get back to your regular routine!

Researching laser treatments can be time-consuming because there are just so many different types of lasers. It can be difficult to find sources that give succinct and easy to understand information. Before you go through pages and pages of google searches, take time to read some of the key things you should know about laser skin resurfacing.

1. It’s All About The Time Year

Many people may not know, but fall and winter months are actually the best time for a laser treatment. Laser-treated skin can be very sensitive to the sun up to a year after certain laser procedures. Getting a treatment in the fall or winter when the days are shorter, and you are more likely to be inside is a great way to protect your skin.

Nevertheless, it is always important to wear broad-spectrum SPF 30 whenever you are outside. Whether you have just had a laser treatment or not, proper sunscreen will help keep your face looking young for years to come! If you are unsure about what to look for in a sunscreen make sure to ask your provider for suggestions.

2. Does it hurt?

Some people may be hesitant to undergo a laser treatment because they are concerned about the pain involved with the procedure. Most patients describe the feeling of the laser as a rubber band popping on the skin. The pain is not unbearable, but you may find it to be slightly uncomfortable at times. Unfortunately. the sensation can differ from patient to patient depending on the type of laser, the depth of the treatment, and the area of the treatment. A deeper treatment may require a local anesthetic or sedative to ensure your comfort. If you are concerned about the possible discomfort resulting from your laser resurfacing treatment, make sure to speak with your provider. They are dedicated to making sure you have the best experience possible.

3. How do the Lasers Work?

The laser uses focused beams of light that are able to remove areas of damaged skin. These lasers are extremely precise, so they are able to remove damaged skin, but preserve and stimulate the healthy skin underneath. Treatments stimulate collagen production leaving you with softer, firmer skin, and a more youthful appearance.

4. The Many Different Types of Lasers

With so many different skin types and concerns, one laser just can’t do it all. There are several different laser options that you will probably come across in your research. Each laser is used to correct a specific skin concern. Carbon dioxide lasers, as an example, are usually used to treat scars and wrinkles; whereas a pulse dye laser may be used to treat hyperpigmentation. The type of laser used for your skin will be dependent on your skin type and concerns. Make sure you speak with your provider about what is bothering you when it comes to your skin to ensure the best results.

5. Darker Skin and Laser

Contrary to popular belief, people with a darker complexion are candidates for certain laser treatments. While it is true that the risks of hyperpigmentation with certain laser options are higher in individuals with darker skin, there are safe laser options out there for deeper complexions. In the hands of the right provider, the risks of damage to the skin are quite low. Your complexion is not a hindrance to laser skin resurfacing.

6.Medications and Possible Interactions

To ensure your satisfaction and the best results possible make sure you are open to your provider and the medications that you are taking and your medical history. Certain acne medications can lead to poor healing and even scarring. Patients that are prone to cold sores may experience a breakout after their treatment. Keeping an open line of communication between you and your provider is key to getting the results that you always wanted.

7. Who Actually Performs the Laser Treatment?

The provider is key when deciding on laser skin resurfacing. In the bands of the right provider, you can have wonderful results, in the hands of the wrong provider you can have horrible results. Take some time and do your research to make sure that you are picking the best provider for your skin needs. Don’t just look for locations that offer budget deals or the newest lasers. Look for providers that are experienced in what they do, and that you feel comfortable with. If you are lost about where to start, make sure that you take a look at East Coast Plastic Surgery in New Jersey. Our physicians are board certified in plastic surgery and have years of experience. You won’t have to worry about the quality of your care, but you might want to start thinking about how good your skin is going to look after your laser treatment!

There is no reason to wait to have beautiful skin when it is only one phone call away. Your days of looking at dark spots and wrinkles are numbered. With laser skin resurfacing you are well on your way to youthful skin. Call East Coast Plastic Surgery at 732.852.2770 to schedule your laser skin resurfacing for glowing skin by Spring.

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