Cosmetic surgery is a fashionable way to enhance your outer appearance or improve your existing features. Although a popular choice, going under the knife comes with risks and side effects that not everyone is willing to face. People interested in getting rid of wrinkles, acne scars, and other skin irregularities may turn to laser resurfacing instead. Laser resurfacing by Ava Laser Clinic is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that uses a beam of light instead of a scalpel. These concentrated pulsating beams are passed over the treatment area targeting imperfections one layer at a time.
Anyone can schedule laser resurfacing treatments; however, there are some candidates who may not receive the best results. Patients with fine lines on their face, minor acne scars, or scars following face lift are the best candidates for the treatment. Patients who are suffering from active acne, stretch marks, or very dark skin may not be satisfied with their results.
There are two lasers used in the laser resurfacing process. One is an erbium laser and the other is a carbon dioxide laser. Both types of laser target damaged skin cells on the surface and vaporize them.
Speaking with a skin specialist is the first step in your laser skin resurfacing journey. Once you have determined that you are a good candidate, you will need to select a clinic that has ample experience and certification in performing laser skin resurfacing procedures. If you get cold sores or fever blisters, it is critical to inform the technician in advance. Laser skin resurfacing will often trigger a breakout in at-risk patients.
Before your appointment, you should stop taking any supplements or medications that may reduce your blood clotting ability. Any medication that reduces the body’s ability to clot, such as vitamin E, ibuprofen, or aspirin should be stopped at least 10 days ahead of your treatment. Smoking can prolong healing times, so it is recommended you stop for two weeks before and after the procedure.
Laser resurfacing is a non-invasive procedure. There will be no general anesthesia in most cases and also no need for a hospital stay. Depending on your treatment plan, your doctor will apply a local anesthetic to your eye, mouth or face area.
Following a laser resurfacing session a small amount of swelling is to be expected. In some cases, steroids may be administered to reduce swelling around the eye area. Ice packs and sleeping at an elevated position can help reduce swelling in the 48 hours following your treatment. Stinging and itching may persist for up to 3 days following your session.
The area where your laser resurfacing occurred will be lighter than the surrounding skin. It is very important to use a sunscreen that protects from ultraviolet B and ultraviolet A rays during the healing process. A broad-spectrum sunscreen that is free of oils, perfume, and is specifically made for the face is recommended. Avoid the sun and try to stay indoors during peak hours to prevent sun damage. You will also need to use a strong moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Avoid using any products that contain glycolic acid or Retin A for at least 2 weeks following your procedure.
If you are considering laser resurfacing, we are here to help. We have knowledgeable skincare specialists standing by to answer your questions. Ava Laser Clinic is a top ranked Laser Clinic in Richmond Hill. To set up an appointment with us for a no-obligation consultation or to find out more about our services give us a call at (905) 237-2360; we look forward to serving you soon.