Everyone has something about their face they do not like. Often, it’s just something little, but if you see that little thing every time you look in the mirror it is going to have a large impact on the way you feel about yourself.
For some people, the things they don’t like about their face include premature facial wrinkles, irregularities in the way their skin looks, or even acne scars. These things can be addressed by laser skin resurfacing.
What Is Laser Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a treatment that uses short pulsating beams of light to remove the irregular skin in a systematic and precise way. Some will refer to this procedure as a laser peel. This is because the skin is peeled away layer by layer until enough skin is removed to address your cosmetic concerns.
Is Laser Skin Resurfacing for Everyone?
Most people are good candidates for laser skin resurfacing. A good candidate is a person who is tired of having unwanted skin blemishes, wrinkles, and acne scars. Some individuals may be dealing with non-responsive skin in the wake of a facelift. Many individuals will use this procedure around their nose, eyes, or mouth.
Of course, not everyone can benefit from this procedure. For example, individuals with dark skin should not have this procedure done as it can lead to some pigmentation issues. Laser skin resurfacing is not designed to fix or remove stretch marks.
How Is the Procedure Performed?
Throughout the procedure, laser light is delivered to the treated area in extremely short pulsated bursts. Alternatively, continuous beams of light can be passed over the treated area in a scanning motion. The goal is to remove very thin layers of the skin at a time until the desired results have been met.
Individuals who are prone to cold sores or fever blisters, especially around their mouth, may not qualify for this procedure. This is because the laser treatment can actually cause severe breakouts in people who already have a predisposition for this condition.
Before having the procedure done, it is important that you first have a consultation with a member of the Integrated Dermatology of Coral Gables team about any prescription drugs or herbal supplements you are taking. Even some over-the-counter medications should be avoided. These include things like aspirin, vitamin E, and ibuprofen. Your doctor will tell you how many days prior to the procedure you should stop using these medications.
Laser skin resurfacing is an outpatient procedure. You will not stay the night at the hospital. You can expect our doctor to begin the procedure by numbing the treated area with local anesthetic, or if you are having your entire face treated, the doctor may recommend a general anesthesia. Full facial treatment can take up to two hours.
If you’re tired of looking at wrinkles and acne scars, and you live in the Miami, Miami Springs, Pinecrest, Sunset, Coral Gables, FL or surrounding areas, call our office and schedule your appointment today.