What is Laser Resurfacing?

Oct. 03, 2021 5:52 pm | by Dr. M. Tahsini

what is laser resurfacing?


Laser resurfacing procedures have made major advances in the last few years. Today there are many more options than ever before, with each different option offering something quite different from the rest.


There is so much information out there. For that reason, it can be hard to know what is true and what is false. That’s why we have taken it upon ourselves to break down the most common truths and falsities that people come across when they are doing research about resurfacing.


Hopefully, by the end of this quick breakdown, you will have a much better idea about one of the most popular forms of laser skin treatment currently on the market.


True: laser resurfacing can treat many different skin issues


One of the most important things that you should know about the benefits of laser resurfacing is that it is an ideal treatment for a large number of popular skin concerns. If you are looking to reduce scarring from acne, dark spots, sagging skin, wrinkles, drooping eyelids, enlarged pores, or sunspots. Laser resurfacing could be perfect for you.


Resurfacing can deal with so many different issues because it penetrates deeply and fixes the root of issues. The laser removal of outer layers of skin helps diminish scars, spots, and wrinkles on the skin, while collagen production encourages the growth of plumper and tighter-looking skin.


False: laser treatments are all the same


This one should be easy to figure out on your own, but it’s still important to go over just in case. To put it simply, if all laser treatments were the same, then there would not be so many different options.


There are quicker laser treatments that require zero downtime and rarely have any side effects or discomfort. Then other laser treatments go deeper into the skin and require anesthesia and 1-3 weeks of downtime before they heal entirely.


Moreover, while some laser treatments focus on small and specific parts of the skin, other laser treatments may cover the entire face or even other parts of the body as well. As you can see, there are many different options in terms of laser treatment based on the patient’s needs.


True: Laser resurfacing can be just one part of a larger skin rejuvenation plan


One thing that is quite interesting and unique about laser resurfacing is that it does not make it impossible for patients to receive other skin treatments. That is very different from more invasive and surgical treatments that make it impossible for patients to have other skin treatments for quite some time.


One of the most common combinations that come with laser resurfacing is the combination of both laser treatment and an injectable treatment. For example, one patient might receive Botox to reduce frown lines or crows’ feet. Everyone’s strategy to get the skin that they want is unique to them. What matters the most is that laser resurfacing offers people the opportunity to take advantage of many different options and procedures.


False: There is no need for downtime after laser resurfacing


While it is true that laser resurfacing is considered a non-invasive treatment, people should be prepared to have some downtime following their procedures. Of course, it is not rare for people to return to their daily activities right after receiving a laser resurfacing treatment.


However, it is also quite common for some people to need days, or even a few weeks, to fully recover. Every patient responds to the treatment in their way.


Also, the recovery time is heavily dependent on how invasive the treatments are. Regardless of how long a recovery time is, a doctor in charge of the procedure will offer patients ways to ensure that their skin is healing correctly and as fast as possible. If there is a sizable amount of pain following the job, doctors are even known to prescribe medications to help reduce pain and reduce the risk of infection.


True: Treatment is quick and painless


No matter what kind of treatment a person decides to get, it typically doesn’t take a very long time to be performed. People can usually expect a resurfacing job to last approximately 30 minutes. Sometimes it takes even less time.


Beyond that, if you were getting a laser treatment known to cause slight discomfort or pain, a doctor doing the procedure will either offer you local or general anesthesia to make sure that you have as pleasant an experience as possible.


False: Laser resurfacing has the same effect as surgery


It should not come as so much of a surprise that laser resurfacing and surgery do not render the same results. While a face-lift or different is best for when people have experienced significant sagging or drooping on areas on the face, laser resurfacing is better for slight drooping.


After all, lasers do not physically tighten skin or fix saggy skin so they will not render similar results to those of surgery. The truth is that meeting a doctor will help you to understand whether laser resurfacing or surgery is the best tool for you to get the skin that you want and deserve.


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In the end, there are a lot of different options that people can take advantage of to achieve better skin. Some can be quite painful and quite intrusive. Others can be easy and painless. Resurfacing is widely considered to be one of the easiest and most painless options on the market.


That is especially true when compared to treatments that have a similarly dramatic effect. That is why we thought it was so important to go over the most common truths and falsities that people come across regarding this revolutionary form of skin treatment.


Hopefully, this quick breakdown has helped you better understand what is true and false about laser resurfacing. Now, you certainly have a better idea regarding whether this type of treatment is right for you.


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