Lasers are an Excellent Choice for Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin tightening

Lasers have multiple applications in cosmetic procedures. They are excellent treatments for a variety of problems including skin issues, obesity and eye deformities. These treatments are minimally painful and minimally invasive. Lasers have earned an enormous amount of appreciation due to their benefits and a short list of disadvantages. They are used around the world and have won a general acceptance from surgeons and patients.

As the name indicates, laser skin tightening works to make skin tight and in doing so it removes wrinkles, fine lines and sagginess of skin. It uses infrared light and heats collagen beneath the skin layers, thus contracting skin and removing wrinkles. It can be performed in conjunction with liposuction from cheeks and jaws. Removal of fat may cause wrinkles on skin that are then treated through laser resurfacing.

Why laser skin resurfacing is a popular choice

  • It treats wrinkles, blue/black stains on skin (due to solar lentigenes), acne scars, sun damage, actinic keratosis, stretch marks and spider veins.
  • It is minimally invasive procedure.
  • It does not harm surrounding tissues.
  • It has a short list of side effects and complications.
  • It is a simple procedure and lacks permanent complications.
  • Laser enables a surgeon to customize treatment according to each patient’s specific needs and the problem area as well. Other treatments of skin resurfacing like dermabrasion and chemical peels do not offer such benefit.

Types of laser for laser skin tightening

Erbium and CO2 are two types of laser that are safer than the rest of the lasers that were being used in past.

Erbium laser:it removes mild and moderately deep wrinkles form face, hands, neck and chest. It is designed to cause minimal harm to surrounding tissue. Recovery from an erbium laser treatment is quick and it contains low risk of hypopigmentation and scarring as compared to CO2 lasers. It works on people who have darker skin tone also.

CO2 laser resurfacing: it not only treats wrinkles but also works on acne scars, sun burn, warts, large skin pores and brown spots. Modern CO2 lasers use ultrapulse that are delivered in a scanning pattern to remove thin layers of skin while using minimum heat. Usually skin takes 2 weeks to heal completely.

How you feel during a laser treatment

Usually local anesthesia is used to numb the area under treatment. If the area is significantly large, general anesthesia may be used. Practitioner may provide you mild sedation and medicine to kill anxiety during treatment. You will need to wear goggles to protect your eyes from laser. Wet towels may also be placed around the treatment area to absorb any laser from the surrounding area.

Laser skin tightening wears top layer of skin so most likely you will have a stinging or snapping sensation. Minimal bleeding is common in most cases. Deep skin imperfections may cause more bleeding.

Post-treatment care

  • Recovery period is dependent upon the size and depth of the treated area.
  • Treated area will appear pink, sensitive and swollen for couple of days. Surgeon may recommend you non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to control swelling and any pain caused due to swelling.
  • Rinse the treated area with cold water several times a day but do not use soap or face wash.
  • Avoid perfumes and anything that may cause skin irritation.
  • Apply ointment regularly and change the dressing.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure and start applying sunscreen after a certain period that will be recommend by your practitioner.

Potential risks and complications

  • Swelling, itching, an increased sensitivity and crusting are temporary and disappear in a few days.
  • Redness usually takes little longer. People who blush more easily are more prone to a prolonged redness.
  • Change in pigmentation is more common in people who have darker skin tone.
  • Skin irritation is temporary.
  • Bacterial and viral infections are rare.
  • If wrong laser parameters are used they may cause scars that would need further treatment.

Laser skin tightening is an excellent technique that helps you in getting rid of loose skin. Do not miss the chance of free online consultation!

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