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Laser Resurfacing

13 Apr Posted by in Blog, Skincare, Spa Treatments | Comments Off on Laser Resurfacing

skin care, daily skin care regimen, facial, healthy skin, spa treatment, day spa, deep pore cleansingSo some people look to laser resurfacing for different skin issues.  This treatment is used to reduce wrinkles on the face and irregularities of the skin, like blemishes or acne scars. Laser resurfacing is a process which directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at the irregular skin, carefully removing the skin layer by layer. This very popular skin care treatment is also called lasabrasion, laser peel, or laser vaporization.

 

Most people who are interested in this type of treatment have fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and forehead. Some request it for scars from acne. Some may be a good candidate if they have non-responsive skin after a facelift.  Let’s be clear though, if you have acne or very dark skin laser resurfacing is not for you. Also, this technique is not recommended for stretch marks either. 

 

Benefits of Lasers

 

In office procedures using light or laser energy can create a positive inflammatory response which works to reverse skin damage already done.

 

Light-based lasers are ideal for acne prone skin. These types of treatments help to regulate the skin’s repair mechanism without disturbing the structure or layers of the skin.

 

It minimizes inflammation by improving cell metabolism.

 

Fractional resurfacing lasers create a controlled stress to generate a healthy amount of inflammation, giving way to new collagen without any negativity like unneeded radiation.

 

Risks of Laser Resurfacing

 

  • Scarring
  • Bacterial infection
  • Burns or other injuries from the laser’s heat
  • Changes in the skin’s pigmentation, including areas of light and dark skin
  • Reactivating herpes cold sores

 

The average cost of laser skin resurfacing will vary depending on where it is being done. Most medical insurance companies will not cover this procedure because they deem it as being a cosmetic procedure.  Some doctors offer financing options, but talk to your insurance company before the procedure because there may be an exception, you just never know and it can’t hurt to ask.