Laser Skin Resurfacing in Brandon, FL
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
There multiple laser energies that can be used for laser resurfacing. Here at Redefine Beauty we use Erbium. Erbium Yag laser skin resurfacing can help to improve scars, fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage and tone and texture of the skin.
Depending on the depth and energy being used will determine the results and downtime for patients.
Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Skin Resurfacing
What are the risks to having skin resurfacing?
Side effects can vary depending on skin type, area being treated, depth of treatment and adherence to pre/post treatment care plan. The most common side effects: Skin irritation – temporary discomfort, redness and swelling are typical especially with deeper treatments. These symptoms can dissipate after a few hours for lighter treatments or up to 1-3 days for more aggressive treatments. Pigment changes can occur but usually improves over a course of 1 week. Skin lightening usually affects those who did not avoid sun exposure or those with baseline darker skin type. Laser resurfacing can cause blistering, crusting, scarring, bleeding or infection but these are less common with lighter laser resurfacing treatment and are more associated with deep and aggressive CO2 laser resurfacing.
What areas can be treated?
The most common areas treated are around mouth or around eyes only, neck, full face, and specific areas like targeting stretch marks or scars on the body are also done.
What should I do before my treatment?
It is very important to follow some basic instructions for before and after care.
1. Stay out of the sun and tanning beds for at least for 4 weeks or longer depending on how long you keep a tan after sun or tanning bed exposure.
2. Avoid self- tanners or bronzers.
3. Do not wax, pluck, have threading or electrolysis for at least 2-4 weeks prior to treatment (depending on the area being treated).
4. Avoid medications that your skin more sensitive such as aspirin, NSAIDs(anti-inflammatories), skin care products with alpha-hydroxy acids(AHA’s)
5. Some people need medication to pre-teat and prepare their skin prior to having laser. This will be decided at your consultation. The medications can be both topical and/or oral.
What should I do after my treatment?
- Avoid all sun or tanning bed.
- Avoid hot saunas or hot tubs immediately after treatment
- Avoid exfoliating the area treated and keep from putting creams and lotions not cleared by your healthcare practitioner.
- You can use ice to cool off the area treated and if instructed you may use a steroid cream to the affected area.
- Do not use any topical medications unless cleared by Redefine Beauty Aesthetics.
- Do not apply make-up or sunscreens until directed by Redefine Beauty Aesthetics.
- Avoid or use extreme caution around pets and cleaning litter boxes as infection from bacteria from the pet’s tongues etc.
When will I see results?
Skin resurfacing will need time to show you the results. Depending on the depth of the treatment you may see results in a few days or it may take months for you to see more results. It can take several treatments at lighter settings to correct texture and tone.
Will laser resurfacing hurt?
Most patients find treatment to feel like a sun burn on the skin. To control the discomfort, we use topical numbing cream and ice and can even inject local numbing to provide more comfort. After the treatment that feeling of heat and sunburn will vary based on the depth of the treatment.