Laser skin resurfacing is one of the most popular ways to remove imperfections on the skin and stimulate collagen growth and elasticity. Also called a laser peel, this procedure uses a laser light beam to stimulate the skin, penetrating a small area at a time to help rejuvenate your sun-damaged or aging skin. With so many skin treatments available today, there are many misconceptions about laser skin resurfacing. Here, we separate fact from fiction to help you decide which treatment may be right for you.
Myth #1: Laser skin resurfacing causes scars
Fact: When this procedure is done by an experienced medical professional, scarring from laser skin resurfacing is not typical. However, laser skin resurfacing may not be the best option for you if you have a tendency to develop keloids or excessive scarring.
Myth #2: Laser skin resurfacing only treats a few concerns
Fact: Laser treatments are an excellent way to manage many concerns including acne, dark spots, scarring or enlarged pores. Laser skin resurfacing also helps stimulate collagen production to improve the overall texture and appearance of your skin. And laser treatment helps increase exfoliation and cell growth to combat the skin cells that are connected to dark spots and scars, essentially causing these imperfections to fade away.
Myth #3: You can’t combine laser skin resurfacing with other treatments
Fact: Pairing laser skin treatments with other procedures is quite common. Some patients notice optimal results when they combine laser treatment with another cosmetic procedure, whether it’s surgical or non-surgical. For example, individuals may also elect to have laser skin resurfacing in conjunction with a facelift to help improve the quality and texture of the skin. Or a Botox procedure may be used in tandem with laser treatment to more effectively diminish frown lines or crow’s feet.
Myth #4: Laser skin resurfacing is painful
Fact: Your comfort level will depend on the type of laser skin treatment you have. But you will be given topical cream and over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen to make laser skin resurfacing more comfortable. Most patients experience a warm, prickly sensation on their skin once the treatment is complete.
Are you interested in laser skin resurfacing?
To learn more about the benefits of laser skin treatments, or if you’re interested in any of the other dermatologic services we provide, contact Westerville Dermatology online or by calling 614.895.0400 today to schedule an appointment.