The latest in the treatment of skin resurfacing is the micro Laser peel. The laser acts as a skin exfoliant and removes the most superficial lasers of the skin. It is these superficial layers of the skin which are commonly damaged by sun, acne and aging.
The Micro laser peel utilizes the energy from the Erbium:YAG laser to remove the skin layers. The exact amount of the skin to be removed is determined by the physician and your skin conditions
The Erbrium laser allows for accurate removal of the skin layers and the depth of removal is variable.
The major benefit of the micro laser is that is it can effectively remove the photo aged skin without damaging the deeper layers.
The laser peel has minimal downtime and recovery is rapid
The majority of individuals who undergo the micro laser peel claim that the new skin is smoother and younger looking.
The micro laser peel can also be used for deeper skin lesions. However, this is also associated with more pain, longer recovery and also has a higher incidence of side effects
Unfortunately, despite all the hype about the Micro Laser Peel, not everyone gets the desired result; some only see a minor improvement and some see nothing.
The laser is not a permanent cure for fine lines and most individuals need 3-4 treatments a year to maintain the benefits
Micro laser is not the panacea for aging skin but just an alternative to chemical peels or Microdermabrasion
The majority of health care professionals sell you preparative chemicals or skin conditioning treatments prior to the laser treatment. The majority of these chemicals, creams, lotions are useless and are not mandatory.
For those who are sensitive to pain, the physician will apply a local anesthetic on the skin about 20-30 minutes before the procedure.
The laser is then applied on the skin in predetermined areas. The entire procedure can be done in a matter of minutes
The majority of individuals take anywhere from 2-7 days to recover
Skin redness is common up to 48 hours
The final result is not apparent until a few months later
The micro laser does not work well with deep scars and coarse wrinkles
Most dermatologist recommend 3-4 treatments spaced over a 2-3 month period
Cost of a laser peel is variable and dependent on the area and time. Average costs can range anywhere from $1500-5000. There are also hidden costs which include cost of anesthetic, hospital fees, consultation, etc. So before you get a laser peel, find out the exact cost.