Laser Peels and Skin Rejuvenation
Introduction to Laser Peels
Laser skin resurfacing has become so advanced that they can be safely used to remove blemishes and imperfections that a person has had forever. Cosmetic surgeons can also improve the look of the skin overall with laser skin rejuvenation, removing wrinkles, acne scars, and age spots and making skin smoother and younger looking. Whether you are calling a plastic or cosmetic surgery clinic for a laser peel, chemical peel, or other laser skin rejuvenation procedure that fixes a specific blemish or just provides anti-aging effects, you will be pleasantly surprised by the effectiveness as well as the reduced recovery time and low-cost.
Premature wrinkling of the skin is becoming more and more common now than ever before, as is the pursuit of anti-aging techniques. This is leading men and women to look to reverse the effects of aging and sun damage, age spots, or specific scars due to acne or injury, through laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels.
Laser skin resurfacing and related procedures can be done on anyone in relatively good general and dermatological (skin) health but who have wrinkles, age spots, or acne or other scars. If you have skin issues such as skin allergies or previous deep burns you may need additional evaluation to determine if you are able to have the laser skin resurfacing procedure, and if the laser skin treatment will end up meeting your acne scar, age spot, or wrinkle removal needs.
Facial plastic surgery like laser skin rejuvenation changes how you look, and this can help change how you feel about yourself and improve your self-esteem. However, insurance from HMOs does not generally cover cosmetic surgery that is done purely for beautifying (even to remove acne scars), but surgery to correct or improve major deformities or accidental skin injuries may be reimbursable. You should consult with your insurance provider before the procedure, whether a laser skin treatment, chemical peel, or otherwise, if you are expecting or hoping they will pay for part of it.
The Uses of Laser Peels
Laser peels can be used successfully for a wide variety of skin blemishes. The following is a listing of the most common reasons why people pursue laser skin treatment:
- Fine lines or wrinkles, especially those that appear with age around the eyes, on the forehead or above the mouth can be reduced or even eliminated by a laser peel.
- Acne or chickenpox scars that will not resolve, even those that have been around since childhood can be addressed, and in combination with the use of fillers skin resurfacing can be very effective
- Skin that generally looks dull, perhaps seasonally because of too much sun exposure in the summer. This includes skin that has taken on a different tone or complexion over time. This is also a prime target of a chemical peel
- Some types of birthmarks that are particularly shallow can be addressed with a laser skin treatment, though in many cases they just fade but are still present.
- Liver spots which are often called “age spots” are a very common complaint and are one of the easiest blemishes to address with this cosmetic procedure
- Warts that appear in clusters are a good candidate for laser skin rejuvenation (or chemical peels) which can often get rid of them in one treatment
- Enlarged oil glands which are most commonly found on the nose will often respond well to laser peels (and chemical peels).
Of course everyone is different and how your blemish will respond to a laser peel can only be assessed by a qualified cosmetic practitioner. Some of the above may require multiple treatments, most commonly birthmarks, more severe wrinkles, and deeper acne scars. Some are easier and often need only one treatment such as age spots, warts, and fine lines. And you should ask whether a chemical peel is a better choice – in the case of some surface blemishes it may be a more inexpensive choice.
It is vital that you follow the aftercare instructions after your procedure because some of the above can and will return if you don’t. For example, age spots will reappear if you spend too much time in the sun, and wrinkles can be a product of poor nutrition and sun exposure.
About Our Website
Many people have considered laser peels, chemical peels, or other laser skin rejuvenation procedures to address age spots, wrinkles, acne scars, and other facial blemishes. We wanted to make sure that there was a place for people to get guidance and information that is fully unbiased and independent. Since we are not directly or indirectly affiliated with any provider of chemical peels or laser skin rejuvenation of any type or any distributor or manufacturer of any skin cream alternative we can provide just that.
While we feel very good about the effectiveness and potential of these cosmetic procedures, we will not be shy about completely covering the risks and problems you could run in to. We want to present a well-rounded look at laser peels, chemical peels, and skin cream alternatives so you can be confident in your choice.
Please see our comprehensive pages about skin rejuvenation:
- Skin Cream Alternatives covers the possible creams that may have the desired effect of used for long enough on less serious blemishes like age spots
- Laser Peel Process describes exactly what you will go through for your laser skin treatment
- Top 10 Benefits of Laser Peels goes over the positive effects you can gain from this cosmetic procedure
- Chemical Peels covers the chemical peel alternatives you can look in to
- FAQ is a compilation of the common questions people ask about laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels
- Risks describes the problems and issues you could run into during and after your procedure, including chemical peels
- Our Blog provides the most up-to-date information and advice
** Updates **
We have seen the sudden increase in a particular kind of laser peel called the “micro laser peel” in recent years. Micro laser peels are different from more traditional laser peels in the type of laser they use, the kind of blemishes that they can effectively treat, and the recovery time. We will be covering this new cosmetic technology more heavily now given how quickly it has been perfected. We want to make it clear that micro laser peels will not take the place of traditional skin resurfacing because they are not as effective on some blemishes, but for some people they may be a cheaper alternative that leads to a lower recovery time.
We’ve also seem a general improvement in over the counter products such as chemical peels that you can buy online. While these products used to be uneven and even dangerous, they have improved lately and have become for some people with less pronounced or shallower skin blemishes such as age spots a real alternative. It may be a good idea to check with a dermatologist before using over the counter chemical peels to be sure that you will not develop discoloration as a side effect.
Finally, we want to report news that laser skin resurfacing prices appear to be going down a bit, which is a great development. As practitioners get better at their craft they can charge less, and as competition heats up they need to charge less to be competitive. That said, cheaper is not always better, and doing your homework as far as the best practitioner before considering price may help you find the best match, perhaps in your top three choices, as far as price.
Of course everyone is different and how your blemish will respond to a laser peel or chemical peel can only be assessed by a qualified cosmetic practitioner. Some of the above may require multiple treatments and some are easier, but they all come with some risks and potential complications.