Laser Resurfacing Myths and Facts

Laser Resurfacing is a rejuvenation technique that will improve texture, and reduce scars and the symptoms of aging on the skin. The procedure is non invasive and will have minimal side effects. However, there are a number of myths and rumors that circulate about the Laser Resurfacing procedure that need to be clarified.

Myth: Laser Resurfacing Cannot Be Applied on All Skin Types

Fact: The Laser Resurfacing treatment can be applied in all skin types, including dry and oily skin or darker skin complexions. The lasers may cause a slight discoloration of darker pigmented skin, but this is only a temporary side effect. In people with lighter skin tones, the laser can cause hyperpigmented spots, but these will also disappear within a few weeks. However, the procedure cannot be applied on skin that is tanned (or artificially tanned), so the sun must be avoided a few weeks prior to the Laser Resurfacing procedure.

Myth: Laser Resurfacing Is a Painful Procedure

Fact: Laser Resurfacing is a non invasive, non ablative procedure and will not be painful. Some patients will opt for a local anesthesia or a numbing cream during the procedure. A cooling fan may also be used. After the treatment, there will be a bit of pain and discomfort, so mild pain medication can be recommended.

Myth: Laser Resurfacing Doesn’t Have Risks

Fact: Even if the Laser Resurfacing treatment is a non ablative procedure, there are still a few risks associated with this procedure. The usual side effects include redness and swelling of the skin tissues and possibly skin flaking, but these should resolve within 5 days after the procedure. The patient may get scars if the laser beams are not applied properly. The skin may also get discolored or hyperpigmented.

Choosing a specialist with many years of experience in using Laser Resurfacing techniques and following the post treatment recommendations will reduce the risks associated with the procedure.

Myth: Laser Resurfacing Removes All Types of Facial Lines

Fact: Laser Resurfacing can reduce certain wrinkles and fine lines, but the deep wrinkles may persist. Several treatments will be required to reduce furrows and the results may vary.

Myth: Laser Resurfacing Removes All Types of Scars and Skin Defects

Fact: The Laser Resurfacing treatment can remove acne scars and other scars that affect the superficial layers of the skin. Surgery scars may be more problematic, and even if their appearance will be diminished, these cannot be removed completely. Birth marks cannot be removed with laser treatment.

Myth: Laser Resurfacing Is Only Suitable for the Face or Neck

Fact: Even if the Laser Resurfacing is more frequently used in the face or neck area, as these are the most visible and exposed to damage, the treatment may be applied on other surfaces on the body. Laser Resurfacing can remove scars and skin imperfections on various areas of the body including:

  • Hands
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Stomach
  • Back
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