Cosmetic physicians and surgeons in Metairie, Louisiana and across the nation have found the use of lasers to be very helpful in treating many different conditions and correcting several cosmetic flaws. Lasers have made their way into several facets of the medical community and are now used to correct eye sight, assist in surgeries, to remove unwanted hair, in liposuction procedures and to remove unwanted tattoos. Lasers are also helpful in correcting certain cosmetic flaws such as wrinkles, scars and sun damaged skin. Discoloration and other flaws may also be treated using laser technology. Patients should discuss their goals with a cosmetic physician for a better understanding of their options and whether laser treatment is right for them.
Laser resurfacing, however, is not a magic fix. This treatment is not intended to replace face lifts. While it cannot get rid of excess skin, it may be used to tighten skin, thus improving certain folds and wrinkles in the skin. It may also be combined with chemical peels and other cosmetic procedures to enhance results. Speaking to a medical professional regarding the full capabilities of laser resurfacing is important to patients interested in this procedure.
Lasers are used to gently damage the skin tissue so that scars, wrinkles and blemishes are treated. Lasers have also been used to cut skin tissue and to destroy visible blood vessels. The unwanted skin cells are destroyed so that they may be replaced by new skin cells, thus improving the appearance of the skin. Unlike other treatments used to treat the skin, laser resurfacing is relatively bloodless. Patients should speak with a medical professional for a more detailed explanation of this treatment and to discuss their own cosmetic goals.
Depending on the area being treated, a laser resurfacing session may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to complete. If only part of the face is being treated, the procedure should take between 30 and 45 minutes. If the entire face is being treated, the procedure may take between 1.5 and 2 hours. After treatment, a sterile dressing will be placed on the treated area for 24 hours. Following this period, the patient will wash their face using a saline solution 3 times a day. The patient then applies an ointment to the treated area. It takes between 10 and 21 days for the area to heal. Recovery times may vary from patient to patients, as patients with red or blonde hair may require a longer recovery period. Adamantly following the physician's instructions for recovery is important to ensure the success of the procedure.
Makeup may be used once the area has healed to conceal the red or pink appearance of the treated area. Patients should consult with their physician to determine the types of makeup that are safe to use. During healing, milia may appear on the treated area. These are tiny white bumps that may be removed by cleansing the area. Other possible risks associated with laser resurfacing include increased pigmentation and decreased pigmentation. The reappearance of a cold sore may also be present following laser treatment, especially around the mouth. Patients should discuss all possible risks or complications with a medical professional.
Optimal results of laser resurfacing may not fully appear until 6 months following treatment. While the results are long-lasting, they may not be permanent and many patients may require re-treatments throughout their life. Speaking with a medical professional in Metairie regarding the results and how long they last is important to patients interested in this procedure.