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Skin Resurfacing: Lasers versus Other Procedures

January 27, 2015

Skin Resurfacing: Lasers versus Other Procedures

Laser skin resurfacing reduces facial wrinkles and skin imperfection like acne scars or blemishes. The technique uses short and concentrated beams of light at the imperfections on the skin. Layer by layer skin is precisely removed.

The benefits of laser skin resurfacing takes away those unsightly blemishes that you have had for a long time. New skin cells form during healing and leave you with a tighter and younger looking skin surface. You can do laser skin resurfacing by itself or with other procedures.
After the procedure, your face will be bandaged. You will need to clean the treated areas after the bandages have been on for 24 hours. Apply ointments like petroleum jelly when you clean laser-resurfaced areas. Petroleum jelly will prevent scabs from forming. Scabs will cause scarring.

After the procedure, your face will be bandaged. You will need to clean the treated areas after the bandages have been on for 24 hours. Apply ointments like petroleum jelly when you clean laser-resurfaced areas. Petroleum jelly will prevent scabs from forming. Scabs will cause scarring.

You will also experience swelling. Swelling is very normal but unsightly. You may be prescribed steroids to manage the swelling around your eyes. Do sleep on an extra pillow at night to ease the swelling.

You will also experience swelling. Swelling is very normal but unsightly. You may be prescribed steroids to manage the swelling around your eyes. Do sleep on an extra pillow at night to ease the swelling.

You will experience itching, dry and peeling skin, and redness that fades in about three months. Keep your new skin well moisturized.
The disadvantages of laser skin resurfacing is swelling and the possibility of deep scarring.

You will be numbed around the areas that are being treated, and if the entire face is being resurfaced you will need general anesthesia. The treatment is painful.

With the laser resurfacing you run the risk of burns or injuries from the heat of the laser, scarring, and changes in the skin’s pigmentation. You may have areas of darker or light skin. Herpes cold sores can be reactivated, and the risk of bacterial infection is high.
Chemical peels are another form of skin resurfacing. Glycolic or AHA peel is the most superficial peel available. It uses alpha hydroxyl acids and does give your skin a fresher appearance after treatment. Repeated treatments can help improve the texture of your skin. AHA peels reduce the effects of aging and sun damage and takes away fine wrinkles and brown spots. You can use AHA products at home after the initial treatment.

Dermabrasion causes an actual injury to your skin. A small spinning wheel with a roughened surface like fine-grained sandpaper is used to abrade the skin. The upper layers are removed. This injury heals in time. Many skin care professionals use this procedure to treat facial scars. It is also effective in reducing the vertical wrinkles around your mouth. Dermabrasion requires some anesthesia. It is painful.

Skin resurfacing procedures are safe when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon or skin professional. All resurfacing procedures have risks, and some risks can include infection or abnormal healing. If you are prone to cold sores, any skin resurfacing procedure will cause these sores to reappear. You may also experience unanticipated color changes or blotchiness in your skin.

Avoid sun exposure until all the pinkness and redness on your skin is gone. Use sunblock to protect your skin. It might also be wise to wear wide-brimmed hats. If you have had a phenol peel, your skin loses its ability to tan. Take special care when you are out in the sun if you have undergone this treatment.

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