What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing at Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic is a noninvasive cosmetic treatment that uses pulsating beams of energy to remove damaged surface skin one layer at a time. Also called a laser peel, fractional skin resurfacing is a great procedure for patients who want softer, clearer, younger-looking skin. At our offices in San Antonio, TX, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jean-Denis Boucher performs laser skin resurfacing procedures that are personalized based on the patient's skin type and concerns. Our practice is proud to be the first in San Antonio to utilize the revolutionary Alma Opus Plasma™ technology, a fractional plasma laser that can be adjusted to various power levels based on the desired outcome. Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boucher.
What are the benefits?
At Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic, we know that with time, the skin may become increasingly dehydrated, dull, and lifeless. With laser skin resurfacing treatments, we can give our San Antonio, TX individuals an opportunity at new skin with a procedure that yields a number of wonderful benefits:
- Reduced look of wrinkles and fine lines
- Minimization of pores and inconsistent skin surface
- Reduced appearance of scars and hyperpigmentation
- Increased confidence and self-efficacy surrounding your skin's looks
Am I A Candidate For Laser Skin Resurfacing?
You have many factors to think about when choosing which kind of laser skin resurfacing procedure is right for your skin. Laser skin resurfacing is designed for patients who are unsatisfied with their skin's appearance. If you see skin damaged by the sun, age spots, acne scars, lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, or redness troubles, this treatment can be helpful to address these imperfections. In addition, it works effectively if you have a rough texture, scaly patches, or other skin surface problems. Laser skin resurfacing is not recommended for anyone who has very dark skin or active acne outbreaks. Also, it's important to understand that there is downtime needed after laser treatments. Some patients, depending on the condition of their skin, may need up to 2 – 3 weeks for recovery.
Our Laser Skin Resurfacing Technique
Prior to your laser session in San Antonio, TX, we will provide a topical anesthetic so you can stay comfortable and relaxed. Your technician will glide the laser handpiece over your skin, directly targeting the needed areas for rejuvenation. The laser works to destroy damaged and dead skin cells while also promoting natural collagen production. Afterward, a healing ointment will be smoothed over the treated skin, and we may cover the area with protective dressings. The skin may appear pink, swollen, or irritated, but this should subside within a couple of days as the skin heals. Your laser skin resurfacing recovery period can take a few days up to several weeks as the treated skin naturally flakes and peels away. Once the peeling is finished, the skin will feel softer while looking clearer, younger, and rejuvenated.
What can I expect after laser skin resurfacing?
After milder resurfacing sessions, an ointment will be smoothed over the skin and you can go home for your recovery. The skin may look red, and there may be some irritation and swelling. These symptoms subside within a couple of days, and the skin peeling process will last over a 3 – 5-day period. If you are undergoing a more intense laser procedure, your recovery time will take longer. The treatment sections will most likely be covered by dressings, and the swelling, irritation, and burning sensation will be more intense. Pain medication can be prescribed to lessen these symptoms. The downtime for a more intense resurfacing session can last several weeks. Every patient needs to limit their UV exposure after their laser appointment and apply sun protection frequently. For all laser treatments, the skin will naturally flake, crust, and peel off. It's important to avoid picking at the skin during the recovery process to keep from scarring and to shield your face from sun exposure. After the peeling is finished, the treated skin should feel softer while appearing rejuvenated, younger, and clearer.
Laser skin resurfacing FAQs
Should I get laser skin resurfacing?
Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic can help you decide whether we can meet your goals during a consultation. We can examine your complexion, ask about your skin issues, and create a personalized plan. If you're unsure about treatment, it's better to select a lighter setting and then assess your outcomes before deciding if you want something more aggressive later on.
How can I help my skin recover after laser skin resurfacing?
At your appointment, Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic will discuss the best products to help your skin heal from temporary redness and irritation. The most important rule is not to peel or pick at the flaking skin. Doing this can damage your skin long-term or create scars. You should also avoid hair removal methods like waxing or shaving.
How often should I get laser skin resurfacing?
It's important to discuss how frequently you want to return for appointments at Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic. Depending on whether you choose light, moderate, or aggressive settings for treatment, you will need to wait several weeks or even months before scheduling another session. We want to make sure your skin heals properly first.
A Softer, Clearer Complexion
Laser skin resurfacing treatments at Lone Star State Dermatology Clinic provide outstanding outcomes if you are looking to get a more youthful appearance. If you are thinking about a laser peel and would like to hear more about their benefits, as well as additional nonsurgical treatments at our San Antonio, TX practice, we invite you to contact us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Boucher.
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