About Laser Treatment
Laser treatment (fractional non-ablative laser resurfacing) is an excellent method for removing unwanted pigmentation, tightening the skin to eliminate wrinkles, and to stimulate collagen growth. An outpatient procedure, this treatment takes less than an hour. While the results are somewhat less dramatic that ablative laser treatments, this “photo facial” is less risky and damaging to the skin.
How Does It Work?
Your doctor will first cleanse the area for treatment. Then the laser is passed over the area in horizontal and vertical passes. The treatment can feel like a mild prickling to a burning sensation, and an anesthetic or cooling solution might be used for certain treatments. Heat from the laser removes unwanted skin cells that carry pigmentation and while stimulating collagen restructuring. The result is smoother, more uniform skin.
Are There Side Effects?
The use of lasers in skincare is a serious procedure and should always be handled by a trained professional, like a dermatologist. Side effects may include burning, swelling, redness, and in some cases scarring or infection if the skin isn’t cared for.
Is Right For Me?
Laser treatment can be expensive, ranging from $1,000 – $3,000. Not everyone’s skin is resilient enough to handle the damage caused by a laser, and healing may take longer than anticipated. Not all skin types work with all laser treatments. It’s always best to consult with a doctor before proceeding.