Laser Skin Resurfacing Overview
Surface Skin Spa in Plano, TX offers nonsurgical laser skin resurfacing for men and women who want to improve fine lines and blemishes. Laser skin resurfacing safely strips the skin layer-by-layer with controlled precision to remove sun damage. Other treatments, like chemical peels and IPL photo rejuvenation, deliver similar results as laser skin resurfacing, so the skin care professional or technician will carefully assess the patient's skin and consider their goals when determining the best procedure and treatment plan.
Ablation vs. Non-Ablation
Laser skin resurfacing is either ablative or non-ablative. During an ablative procedure, an intense beam of laser light energy is directed at the skin, removing the outer thin layers. This process generally results in a longer recovery. The results, however, can be a bit more dramatic. A non-ablative laser does not remove any layers of skin. Instead, it stimulates the growth of collagen, which helps tighten underlying skin. This process offers a lighter recovery. Results will not be immediate, but will appear over the course of multiple appointments.
A MicroLaser Peel is an ablative laser treatment that removes a thin layer of damaged skin. It can be administered with great precision of depth and can be customized to fit specific skin care needs. Results with a MicroLaser Peel include the reduced appearance of wrinkles, improved skin tone, and smoother, healthier, more vibrant skin.
Contour TRL is an ablative laser procedure that can help to reduce wrinkles, sunspots, and scars, while also improving the skin's texture. A TRL treatment safely removes a layer of the skin. The depth of the treatment may vary from patient to patient depending on what skin condition they are trying to correct. The laser treatment will also stimulate collagen production and help with the regrowth of new, healthy skin cells.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure Technique
Laser skin resurfacing removes the outer layer of skin and heats the underlying layer to stimulate growth of new collagen fibers. During this process, damaged skin cells on the outer layer are stripped away, leaving a new layer of healthy skin to grow. If small sections of the face are being addressed, the procedure will typically take about 45 minutes. A full-face treatment, or larger areas of skin, can take up to 2 hours. Multiple sessions are sometimes needed to attain the desired results.
What to Expect with Laser Skin Resurfacing
Some mild swelling will occur after a laser resurfacing treatment. It is common for the face to have crust and scaling as it heals. The treated area may appear red or pink for several weeks. Normal activities can usually resume within a couple of weeks. Patients who have sensitive skin or who have had adverse reactions to facial products may have increased side effects. Laser skin resurfacing will leave the face exposed with a new layer of healthy, yet sensitive, skin. It’s advised to wear sunscreen every day and limit sun exposure as much as possible.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 3 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes - 2 Hours
Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs
Can it Damage Your Skin?
This procedure was created to improve the appearance of the skin. However, an inexperienced individual can damage the skin unintentionally. It is important to find a laser skin resurfacing professional who understands how the various laser technologies interact with different skin types. If done correctly, the results can be effective and long-lasting.
While laser skin resurfacing does not stop the aging process, the results can still be long-lasting. As patients continue to age, they may consider additional treatments.
Ablative or Non-Ablative?
While one is not better than the other, they have varying degrees of intensity and recovery. Both techniques provide nice results. During your initial consultation, we will discuss which is best for you. Factors include the patient’s aesthetic goals, skin type and how much downtime can be tolerated.