Laser skin resurfacing treatment in Ladera Ranch can help reduce wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, and other blemishes. Treatment may also be done to tighten skin and balance tone. Because lasers have a wide range of capabilities, it can be difficult to figure out which type of laser treatment to begin with.
1. When is the best time of year for laser skin resurfacing?
Many cosmetic surgeons recommend undergoing laser resurfacing during fall or winter months. Laser-treated skin is hypersensitive to sun exposure for up to a year after some procedures. Because of this, fall is widely considered “laser season” — when daytime hours are shorter and clients are spending more of their time indoors.
Regardless of what time of year you undergo laser skin resurfacing, be sure to wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen every day. This not only helps to maintain treatment results, but also reduces the risk of premature aging.
In a year-round warm climate, choosing to have laser skin treatments during times that you can spend more time inside (and not before vacations, example) is often recommended.
2. Skin resurfacing treatment in Ladera Ranch may or may not cause discomfort.
The sensation felt during treatment is often described by patients and doctors as a rubber band snapping against the skin. However, the exact sensation will vary depending on the laser, the depth and area of treatment, and an individual’s ability to tolerate pain.
Deeper ablative laser treatments (which involve the removal of outer layers of skin) may require local anesthetic injections or intravenous sedation to minimize pain. Examples of ablative lasers include CO2 lasers and Erbium YAG lasers.
Some non-ablative laser treatments (which treat the skin without removing any layers) cause little to no pain and require only a topical numbing cream to reduce discomfort. Non-ablative lasers include pulsed-dye, ND: Yag, and Alexandrite lasers. After the procedure, patients can expect some tenderness in the treatment area, but shouldn’t feel any pain.
3. Having darker skin doesn’t disqualify patients from undergoing laser resurfacing.
Many patients incorrectly assume laser resurfacing is only safe for light skin types. Though it is true that certain lasers pose a higher risk of cell damage or discoloration for patients with darker skin, there are safe and effective resurfacing options for non-white inidividuals. African American, Hispanic, or Asian patients with lighter skin tones may undergo resurfacing with the Erbium laser, which poses a lower risk for discoloration. Patients with darker brown or black skin may need to consider radiofrequency treatments or microneedling.
To ensure treatment is safe and effective for your skin type, schedule a consultation with NuAge Med Spa. Our aestheticians have extensive training and knowledge in laser resurfacing procedures and are experienced with treating patients with dark skin.
4. The professional’s experience will affect the results of laser skin resurfacing treatments.
Laser treatment provided by a highly trained, knowledgeable professional is a safe way to address skin concerns and dramatically improve appearance. It’s important to carefully consider the laser resurfacing provider’s experience, training, and qualifications before making a decision. Don’t choose a provider based solely on price or a brand name laser.
At NuAge Med Spa, each aesthetician is trained to address each client’s unique skin concerns. Give us a call today to schedule skin resurfacing treatment in Ladera Ranch and be on your way to youthful, glowing skin!