What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
At Renuvia Medical Center, laser skin resurfacing with Accent Prime ™ is a noninvasive aesthetic procedure that uses pulsating beams of energy to remove dead and damaged skin layers. The treatment is great for reducing facial lines and wrinkles and for minimizing skin blemishes like pigmentation, acne scars, and other issues. Sometimes known as a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is a great facial treatment for patients who desire clearer, softer, and younger-looking skin. Depending on the needs of the patient's complexion, we can customize the laser for the best results. Patients have little downtime associated with most laser skin resurfacing procedures. If you have any questions about the procedure, Dr. Arthur Schlyer will take the time to listen and discuss the answers during your consultation at Renuvia Medical Center in New Port Richey, FL.
Types of Laser Treatments
Depending on your skin's condition, we can select from three different types of laser resurfacing skin procedures. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage, while others are more aggressive:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers remove thin skin layers, similar to a deep chemical peel or dermabrasion, with a precision that permits the laser technician to avoid skin damage. Ablative lasers are best for firming the skin and removing acne scars and wrinkles.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative lasers do not remove any skin — the light simply makes micro-injuries to the skin to promote natural healing. Non-ablative facials are best for addressing fine lines and wrinkles on patients who are willing to wait a few months to see strong results.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional lasers are both non-ablative and ablative and make tiny holes in the deep layers of the skin. The body's natural healing then leads to firmer, healthier skin. Fractional lasers can also help with fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, and pigmentation issues.
When deciding which laser peel procedure is right for you, there are multiple factors to consider. Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for patients who are unsatisfied with their general complexion. If you have sun-damaged skin, age spots, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, redness, or pigmentation troubles, this procedure can address these cosmetic flaws. Additionally, laser skin resurfacing is wonderful for those who have a rough skin texture, scaly patches, or other skin irregularities. This treatment is not suggested for anyone who has very dark skin or active acne. Additionally, it's important to know that you will need some recovery time after laser treatments. Some patients, depending on the condition of their skin, may need up to 2 – 3 weeks to recover.
Our Laser Skin Resurfacing Technique
When you need a deeper or more intense laser resurfacing treatment, we may give you a retinoid cream to use for 2 – 3 weeks before your procedure. This preps the skin for maximum results. We'll also suggest medication prior to the procedure to lessen any pain so you can relax throughout your appointment. If your skin only needs mild correction, we may only numb certain areas that the laser will target. For the full complexion or deeper laser procedures, you may be sedated. Throughout the procedure, you'll relax in a treatment chair while the laser glides over your skin, directly targeting the specific sections that need resurfacing. You'll feel warmth from the laser, followed by cold air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser is designed to destroy damaged and dead skin cells while also stimulating collagen production.
What to Expect
After lighter peels, we'll apply an ointment to the treated skin, and you can return home for your recovery. The treated skin will look pink, and you may experience some swelling and irritation. This should subside within a couple of days, and the peeling process will take 3 – 5 days. If you undergo a more intense laser treatment, your recovery period will take longer. The treated areas will most likely be covered by dressings, and the burning, irritation, and swelling symptoms may increase. We may prescribe pain medication to help reduce these symptoms. The downtime associated with a more intense peel can last several weeks. Every patient should minimize their sun exposure after laser treatment and apply sun protection throughout the day. Regardless of the intensity of the peel, the treated skin will naturally flake, crust, and peel away. It is crucial to avoid interfering with the healing process and to protect your face from UV exposure in order to prevent scarring. Once the peeling is complete, your skin will feel softer while also appearing rejuvenated, younger, and clearer.
A Softer, Clearer Complexion
For patients who want a younger-looking complexion, Accent Prime ™ laser skin resurfacing treatment offers outstanding results. If you're curious about laser treatments and want to hear more about their benefits and other nonsurgical procedures, we encourage you to call Renuvia Medical Center in New Port Richey, FL today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Schlyer.