Most Common Questions About Laser Skin Resurfacing

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One of the most effective ways to help reduce wrinkles, age spots, scars from acne and other skin blemishes is laser skin resurfacing. In the hands of a highly trained and experienced skin specialist, laser skin resurfacing can dramatically improve the appearance of the skin, tighten the skin and balance tone. In the hands of a poorly trained individual, the treatment can be ineffective or even dangerous. 

Does laser skin resurfacing hurt?

One of the most common questions of patients is whether the laser procedure hurts. According to skin specialists, the sensation during the treatment can be compared to a rubber band snapping against the skin. However, what a patient feels will depend on the kind of laser used, the depth and area of treatment and patient’s level of pain tolerance. 

Deeper ablative laser treatments usually require local anaesthetics or intravenous sedation. The lasers that will be used may either be CO2 or Erbium YAG lasers. Meanwhile, non-ablative laser treatments cause little to no pain and would only require a topical numbing cream to ensure the patient’s comfort. Lasers used in non-ablative laser treatments include pulsed-dye, ND: YAG and Alexandrite lasers. After the procedure, the patient may experience some degree of tenderness in the treatment areas. 

When is the perfect time for laser skin resurfacing? 

Autumn is considered the perfect season for laser skin resurfacing because the skin is hypersensitive to sun exposure for a year after the procedure. However, there are skin specialists who suggest fall and winter months because daytime is shorter and people are more likely to spend time indoors. Regardless of the time of the year, patients who have undergone laser skin resurfacing must wear a broad spectrum SPF30 or higher sunscreen daily to ensure that the results stay great, to prevent premature aging and to prevent skin cancer. 

Is laser skin resurfacing safe for dark-skinned people?  

Many people wrongly assume that laser skin resurfacing is only effective for light skin types. For the lighter skin tones of African Americans, Erbium laser surfacing is the best option. For patients with dark brown or black skin tones, the skin specialist may suggest radio frequency treatments or microneedling.  RF therapy uses energy waves to heat the deeper layer of the skin or dermis to stimulate the production of collagen and provide the skin with firmness. Microneedling uses small needles to prick the skin to generate collagen and make the skin firmer and smoother. 

Do you need downtime after laser skin resurfacing? 

Non-ablative laser treatments do not require any downtime while ablative laser treatments may require a 2 to 3-week healing process. However, downtime does not necessarily mean staying in bed all day. The skin will feel raw and red and will scab over as it heals. Just avoid situations where the skin may get infected like swimming and workouts.  

If you are considering laser skin resurfacing, your best option is the skin specialist in KL who is highly trained, professional and knowledgeable with the treatment procedure. He has undergone rigorous training to ensure that the treatment option will be safe and will provide the right results.