Laser skin resurfacing provides a variety of benefits for the most common and top concerns for the skin’s appearance. Many patients prefer to have their non-ablative laser skin treatments while it is still winter season so they will be healed in time for the busier (and sunnier) spring and summer months. Laser skin resurfacing healing time may depend on the intensity and scope of each individual’s treatment. Depending on the laser treatment type, healing time after laser treatments can range from 1 to 2 weeks.
When we describe someone based on their appearance as “weathered”, we typically mean that that person has not aged gracefully or well. Dependent on unique lifestyle, genetics and environment factors,, it is unlikely that anyone typically intends on having weathered characteristics. This simply happens with time, and the skin’s exposure to the elements or lack of proper skincare ultimately happens to us at all at different levels as we go through life. Hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure or broken capillaries caused by colder weather climates can be reduced with laser skin resurfacing treatments. Freckles and sun spots are skin discolorations that can be treated with laser. Sun damaged skin may also caused more advanced signs of aging as harmful UV rays break down the collagen within the skin leading to fine lines and skin laxity. Extremely bright sunlight or extreme weather conditions may also triggers the facial muscles, as we may squint or frown, creating deeper expression lines that become harsher over time.
Aging skin tends to lose its elasticity. This effect is happening from below the skin’s surface. With the breakdown of collagen and loosening of surrounding tissue, the appearance of the outer skin may occur on various areas of the body such as the face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, and other areas. Looser skin leads to noticeable wrinkles and loss of definition in areas such as the face, jawline and neck. As the laser is resurfacing the outermost later skin, the heat from the laser may stimulate the collagen producing deep within the layers of the skin and activate collagen absorption in surround areas. The result from laser resurfacing is tighter, smoother skin that will effectively rejuvenate during the healing stages after the treatment.
Laser treatments are effective for diminishing scars from acne, lacerations, and surgery. Laser skin resurfacing for acne scars helps to get rid of the discoloration, marks and indentations in the skin caused by acne in adults and teenagers. For those who have experienced trauma or undergone surgery may be left with a scar at the incision or wound sites. Using laser to minimize the appearance of the scar is a common purpose for laser treatment. Dr. Buglino also performs scar revision surgery for advanced scars.
Laser skin treatment evens out skin tone and complexion abnormalities. Redness (or rosacea), enlarged pores, and prominent blood vessels are commonly minimized with laser treatments. For some dark spots from aging (hyperpigmentation) and freckles may be a concern. Using laser to effectively treat those areas of discoloration, stretch marks, spider veins and uneven skin tone will provide patients with smoother, more well balanced skin in the affected areas. Results from laser resurfacing has helped many people achieve their beauty goals.
Dr. Buglino is a board certified plastic & reconstructive surgeon who performs laser skin resurfacing treatments at his Woodbury, NY offices. Schedule a complimentary consultation for laser treatments to see if you are a good candidate for laser resurfacing. Contact us today