While laser resurfacing is often done on the face it can be done on other areas as well. It can help better the look of the skin, treat wrinkles, and make the skin be more supple and young-looking. If you are considering laser resurfacing, here is how to tell if you are a prime candidate for the procedure.
Laser Resurfacing Options
Laser resurfacing takes high-energy light which is changed to heat energy. This energy vaporizes thin sections of skin, allowing new skin to replace it. There are different types of lasers that can be used and newer techniques such as the fractional laser resurfacing, plasma skin resurfacing, infrared resurfacing, and superficial erbium:YAG laser resurfacing.
Who Gets Laser Resurfacing
People who use laser resurfacing does so for specific results. They are looking to better their appearance targeting specific items on their skin. Some of these include:
Lesions or Skin Growths — whether from actinic keratoses or a birthmark, laser resurfacing can help upper layer skin growths.
Wrinkles — another good option for lessening the effects of wrinkles in appearance is through the use of laser resurfacing.
Tattoo Removal — some use of lasers can remove tattoos from the skin.
Skin Color Defects and Changes — lasers are a good option for those with port-wine stains and other spots on the skin.
Some Scar Removal — especially acne scars that are superficial can be removed through laser resurfacing.
Hair Removal — lasers can also help remove hair by destroying the hair follicle. This is best done on hair that isn’t grey or blonde.
Who Shouldn’t Get the Procedure
If you are currently suffering from a skin infections, no matter if it is bacterial or viral, you should not have resurfacing done. Other factors that make you less of a candidate include those who have had the procedure in the past and had scarring or skin color changes from it. Those with a history of abnormal scarring, have blood flow conditions, skin disorders, or immune disorders should consider another therapy. Also those that have had use of the acne drug Isotretinoin in the past year should not have the procedure because of the added risk of scarring.
There are many things that can affect the outcome of the procedure such as the experience level of your doctor, the laser that is used, lifestyle, and the skin’s type and condition. However, you can make sure to limit your sun exposure and ask plenty of questions beforehand to make sure you are pleased with the outcome. Keep in mind that wrinkles caused by repetitive motion (forehead and smile lines) can come back quicker than those caused by sun exposure and aging. Severe acne scars are also harder to be rid of than mild scarring. Talk with your doctor about your goals and his realistic expectations for after the procedure.Tweet