It happens to all of us as we age, brown spots and fine lines begin to appear on the face. You may have been let down and seen minor results with a typical spa facial. But a laser facial is different. It’s a more modern day treatment that has the potential to deliver true results. If you’re looking for an effective treatment that will truly clear your face, then the laser facial is for you.
If you have wrinkles or fine lines around the eyes or mouth, then you’re qualified. Shallow scars from acne, and non-responsive skin after a face lift, are also good candidates for a laser resurfacing. If you have a lot of active acne, you may not be a candidate. The facial is also not recommended for people with stretch marks or anyone with very dark skin. Please consult and discuss with a doctor if laser facials would work best for you.
Make sure to consult with a plastic surgeon or dermatologist first to found out if you’re a good candidate. Make sure the doctor has experience in cosmetic leaser treatment. The doctor will determine the best course of action after looking at your medical history and what exactly you wish to be treated. Make sure to inform the doctor if you have any cold sores around the mouth as Laser Treatment can trigger breakouts. Once these steps are taken, there’s only a few more left and you’re on your way to treatment!
After the treatment is accepted, you will be asked to avoid any medication or supplements that can affect clotting for a little over a week before surgery. Some examples of what to avoid are Aspirin and Ibuprofen. Even Vitamin E should be avoided. If you are a smoker, you should stop two week before the treatment, as smoking can slow down the healing process. The doctor will also prescribe an antibiotic beforehand to prevent infections.
Before the treatment begins, a dermatologist will cleanse your face. Your eyes will be covered with special glasses that prevent the laser from damaging the eye. A numbing cream will be applied to the skin before the laser treatment starts. If you’re receiving ablative laser treatment on the entirety of your face, we recommend sedation be used.
The main differences between laser types is that an ablative laser removes layers of skin, while a non-ablative laser does not. Both lasers damage collagen. This sounds dangerous, but damaging collagen informs your body to repair itself by building new collagen. As the new collagen forms, your skin appears healthier and vibrant. The skin will also appear tighter and completely refreshed.
With both types of lasers, ablative and non-ablative, a small amount of patience will be needed before you’ll see the results. With the non-ablative laser type, it takes a few weeks to see any changes, as this type of laser slowly brings the imperfections to the surface of the skin. For the Ablative laser type, your skin will require healing before the changes really show. Both types of lasers may need more then a single treatment to achieve full results.