As you get older, the passage of time can take a toll on the condition of your skin. Whether you’re plagued with sun spots, wrinkles, fine lines, uneven pigmentation, or loose skin, these signs of aging can feel like a pressing problem that needs a solution. For individuals looking to overhaul the skin on their face, neck, or chest and replace it with radiant, youthful-looking skin, laser resurfacing may be an effective treatment option.
What is Laser Resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing uses short, concentrated, pulsating beams of light to target and ablate irregular skin. The upper layers of this damaged skin are removed over a recovery period, revealing beautiful, tight, wrinkle-free skin. It is especially useful in treating surface-level to moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, neck, and chest.
There are two types of laser resurfacing treatments: CO₂ and erbium. At Spa Blue, we provide our patients with the latter. We’ve chosen to offer erbium rather than CO₂ laser resurfacing because the downtime is significantly reduced, and the surrounding, healthy skin in mostly left unharmed. Erbium also has a decreased chance of producing some of the adverse side effects of traditional laser resurfacing methods, including swelling, bruising, and redness.
What Should I Expect from Treatment?
Before treatment, your doctor will provide you with post-treatment cleaning and care instructions. Following your treatment, the affected area will be bandaged, and you will be sent home to begin recovery. For the first 12-72 hours after treatment, you may feel a stinging or itching sensation. This should subside within a few days. Between 5-7 days after treatment your skin will begin to peel, revealing new, pink skin underneath. This pink skin gradually lightens over the next few weeks. The full healing process can take anywhere from 10-21 days, depending on the condition that was corrected and size of the area that was treated.
Who is a Good Candidate for Laser Resurfacing?
Nearly anyone who desires tighter, healthier looking skin is a good candidate for laser resurfacing. While laser resurfacing was traditionally not able to be used on dark skin, the erbium method can bring beautiful results to dark skin, light skin, and everything in between. Individuals with active acne or stretch marks may not be eligible for this treatment.
If you’re interested in laser resurfacing and would like to get started with treatment, contact us today and schedule your complimentary consultation.