Your skin can affect your overall appearance greatly, boosting your confidence when it’s looking radiant and clear. Unfortunately, there are also a wide range of environmental factors and parts of the natural aging process which can affect the look, feel and health of your skin. Thankfully, there is also an array of laser rejuvenation treatments which can improve the appearance of your skin dramatically.
With innovative new technology, dermatologists are able to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars and blemishes. Fine lines around the eyes, mouth and forehead can be reduced, along with scars from chicken pox or acne. Sun discoloration, liver spots and aging spots can also be diminished, along with grayish or yellowish skin tones, birthmarks and enlarged oil glands on your nose.
How Does it Work?
Lasers work by sending concentrated, pulsing beams of light to specific areas of the skin, removing unwanted and damaged skin layer by layer. The epidermis, or outermost layer of skin, is removed. At the same time, the underlying dermis layer is heated, which stimulates new collagen fiber growth. As the treated skin heals, the new layer of skin is more firm and smoother than before.
Before the Procedure
Your dermatologist will recommend you refrain from smoking for two weeks before the procedure and two weeks after, as smoking cigarettes can unnecessarily lengthen the healing process. You may also be advised not to take any medications or health supplements which may inhibit clotting for ten days before laser resurfacing. This includes vitamin E supplements, ibuprofen and aspirin. You may also receive a prescription for antibiotics, or an antiviral medication if you’re particularly prone to fever blisters and cold sores.
If you have fine lines, old scars or unsightly spots, laser resurfacing can make a noticeable difference in the appearance of your skin. Contact a licensed and reputable dermatologist in your area to discuss the feasibility of skin rejuvenation via laser treatment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates