Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is one option may people explore when they want to improve the appearance of wrinkles, lines, blotches, or scars caused by acne, too much sun exposure, aging, or other skin damage. Laser skin resurfacing works by removing layers of skin, thereby encouraging the growth of new skin cells and resulting in younger-looking, tighter, and smoother skin. This may be the only procedure done, or it may be done at the same time as other cosmetic procedures.

Specific areas of the skin can be targeted with laser skin resurfacing, such as laugh lines, smoker’s lines, crow’s feet, acne scars, or frown furrows, or the entire face may be treated for the most dramatic results. The procedure is also used in some cases to remove warts, pre-cancerous lesions, benign tumors, and certain skin cancers.

It’s important to understand that this procedure works by first creating a wound, and the skin’s natural healing processes work to form new, fresher-looking skin. During healing, this wound must be cared for like any other wound to ensure the best results.

ReadWhat Affects Wound Healing?

If you think laser skin resurfacing may be right for you, the first step is to consult a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to discuss your options. If it is determined that you are a good candidate, there are several things you can do right off the bat to ensure that you get the results you want.

First, make sure to follow your doctor’s pre-procedure instructions. He or she will probably counsel you to avoid taking things like ibuprofen and vitamin E, which can affect clotting. You should also avoid smoking, which delays the healing process and exacerbates scarring. In addition, your doctor will probably want you to take an antibiotic, which is important in preventing infection – another factor that affects scarring and final results.

Laser skin resurfacing is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you will not have an overnight hospital stay. You may receive local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the area being treated and your and your doctor’s preferences.

After the procedure some patients need light dressings, but most are just instructed to use topical hydrating ointments instead of true bandages. Generally, after the first day, you will be instructed to clean the treated areas several times a day and apply an ointment to prevent scabs, which worsen scarring. Moisture is an important part of the healing process.

To maximize your results, stay out of the sun or, at a minimum, use sunscreen every time you go outside. A scar treatment can also minimize your risk of developing lasting scars from the procedure and improve your overall result. Choose one that contains ingredients known to be effective and safe, and avoid those that contain questionable ingredients such as hydroquinone.

The skin may take up to three weeks to heal. The skin will typically have a pink appearance that may last for several weeks. This can be easily covered with makeup, but be sure to apply your scar treatment before your makeup, as it does its best work when applied directly to your skin. Swelling is normal and using an extra pillow or two at night to sleep in a more upright position can help.

Laser skin resurfacing is a highly effective procedure and many people who choose it are thrilled with the results. Combine it with an effective scar therapy and impeccable adherence to your doctor’s instructions for younger, smoother, more beautiful skin.

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What Improves Acne Scars?

What Improves Acne Scars?

They say, “acne is something every normal teenager has to go through.” When they promised that it’s just part of growing up and actually stops when you reach adulthood, it appears they weren’t actually telling the truth! Some of us continue to get acne well into adulthood. To make matters worse, some acne lesions can leave unsightly dark marks or scars for the rest of your life. Thankfully there are ways to remove acne scars and improve your skin complexion at the same time.

Take our quiz: acne do’s and don’ts.

Treat the acne
The best treatment for most conditions is prevention. First and foremost treat the acne. There are several tried and tested topical therapies to choose from. Some acne suffers also benefit from oral antibiotics. Diet modification is also crucial. Consulting with a dermatologist is a good idea to learn about all the latest options. While you let the treatment work, keep your hands off your skin as much as possible and resist the temptation to pick. Picking only leads to more inflammation and scarring.

Read: Does lemon juice fade acne scars?

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
While you try to ride out the acne keep your face clean, hydrated with topical moisturizers and drink lemon water. Lemon water flushes out the toxins and many people think it helps your acne to heal faster. Some acne medications can dry out your skin so it’s advisable to moisturize the skin as well. Always use non-comedogenic, water-based, hypoallergenic products as these are the most “skin-friendly.”

Topical treatments
New acne scars are easier to treat as they tend to respond more readily to scar treatments than old ones. One of the best scar treatment ingredients to look for is Vitamin C. Stable forms of vitamin C encourage healthy skin renewal and help fade scars. Some forms of vitamin C, like tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, also help fade dark acne marks. Dimethicone silicone can also help improve the appearance of acne scars and improves skin hydration by decreasing water loss from the skin. Dimethicone silicone is considered non-comedogenic, but please try a test spot first….like almost anything, it can still cause a break out in some people.

Laser
Laser treatment is often recommended when topical scar treatments haven’t worked well enough. This treatment is particularly appropriate for the most severe cases of scarring. The laser removes the top scarred layer of skin and allows this to be replaced by a fresh layer of more healthy skin. With this procedure, the new scar will become less noticeable with time. Unfortunately severe cases of scarring often need more than one or two laser treatments and can also be expensive.

Read: What are the different types of acne scars?

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