Laser treatments, also known as laser skin resurfacing, are effectively used to ease out the appearance of facial wrinkles like crow’s feet or frown lines. Skin freckling and uneven brown spots caused from excessive sun exposure is also treatable. Laser therapy is also very effective for the extremely common problems of acne scars and pored, pitted skin (like “ice-pick” scars.)
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Understandably, questions continue to surface as new uses and techniques have been introduced since this aesthetic procedure was introduced decades ago.
How Do Laser Treatments Work?
The treating plastic surgeon uses specialized “coherent” light to perform Lasers. Although the basic laser technology has been around for nearly 40 years, the current methods for laser treatments in San Diego utilize the latest computer-controlled device programming to target skin area and depth. As the laser passes through, this light is absorbed by the water located within the skin areas where it quickly vaporizes, stimulating the production of collagen over the next several weeks, while immediately diminishing wrinkled or problematic skin. Often, a coinciding snapping or popping noise can be audibly heard as the laser pulses are delivered during treatment. For the ablative (or resurfacing) lasers, the treatment is preceded by a 30 minute period of specialized topical numbing ointment to the skin.
Laser treatments may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated and the depth of the intended treatment.
Dr. Sadi Erfani provides an intro to Laser Treatments with before and after commentary of clients that have achieved successful results.
Additional Areas Treatable With Laser Skin Resurfacing
• Fine lines found around and beneath the eyes
• Wrinkles upon the forehead or mouth areas
• Scars from chickenpox
• Dulled skin appearance
• Liver spots
• Yellowed or grayed skin tones
• Large oil glands located on the nose
• Large (or small) Moles or new age-related skin growths/skin tags
Laser Treatment Recovery
After treatment, one will be provided detailed instructions on skin care to minimize the risk for infection and to ensure the best opportunity for recovery. Newly exposed skin will be extremely sensitive to sunlight. It is strongly urged that one avoid sun exposure until fully healed, and for best results, indefinitely. Healing time will depend on the type and depth of treatment. Pinkness or redness can be expected to last from a few days to up to several weeks. However, make-up can be applied in about one week after the treatment.
As a general rule with Laser Skin Resurfacing, deeper peels yield the best results but will be accompanied by a longer recovery period. Visible swelling and peeling skin may be apparent as the skin recovers from the treatment. Patients that undergo laser describe the feeling afterwards as similar to sunburn. The longer period of downtime that one can permit or tolerate, the more one may generally expect to progress after any treatment. If limited downtime is an issue (which very commonly it is), please expect to undergo more sessions of less aggressive treatments. In this way, the results of shorter treatments become much more comparable to a single very aggressive treatment.
Because the skin will need to heal over the next several weeks, one may not see dramatic results until then. As collagen is produced and begins to fill in the treated areas, one’s results will continue to improve for the next 6 to 12 months.
Best Candidates for Laser Treatments
Clients that would best benefit from laser treatments are those seeking a remedy to try and diminish the appearance of facial wrinkles and scarring from acne or surgery. Laser therapy is also an excellent treatment against poor skin tone and elasticity. In addition to the facial areas, the neck, chest and hands are perfectly suited to treated with laser, when performed by a well-trained plastic surgeon.
Women undergoing pregnancy, patients that have had radiation therapy to the proposed treatment area or those with active acne or who have taken Accutane within the last two years should not have laser skin resurfacing performed.
Dr. Sadi Erfani can provide expert consultation advice to help determine if and which laser procedure can provide you with the best results for laser treatments in La Jolla.