Laser Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation
Introduction to Laser Skin Resurfacing:
Laser skin resurfacing has become so advanced that it can be safely used to remove blemishes and imperfections that a person has had forever, even being effective for acne scar removal and the reduction in some birthmarks. Cosmetic surgeons can also improve the look of the skin overall with laser skin resurfacing, removing wrinkles and age spots and making skin smoother and younger looking. Whether you are calling a plastic or cosmetic surgery clinic for laser therapy, chemical peel, or other skin rejuvenation or resurfacing 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 such as acne scars, through laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels. Skin rejuvenation procedures are exactly what they sound like – processes to make the skin look younger and refreshed.
Laser skin resurfacing and related skin rejuvenation procedures can be done on anyone in relatively good general and dermatological (skin) health but who have wrinkles, age spots, or acne scars. If you have skin issues such as skin allergies, previous deep burns, or deep acne scars you may need additional evaluation to determine if you are able to have the laser skin resurfacing procedure, and if the laser therapy will end up meeting your acne scar, age spot, or wrinkle removal needs.
Facial plastic surgery like laser skin resurfacing 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 laser therapy 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.
The Uses of Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser therapy and related skin rejuvenation 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 therapy and skin rejuvenation:
- 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 with skin rejuvenation.
- Acne scars that will not resolve, even those that have been around since childhood can be addressed, and in combination with the use of fillers and laser skin resurfacing can be very effective
- Skin that generally looks dull, perhaps seasonally because of too much sun exposure in the summer can use skin rejuvenation. 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 therapy, 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 type of skin rejuvenation
- Warts that appear in clusters are a good candidate for 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 skin resurfacing (and chemical peels).
Of course everyone is different and how your blemish will respond can only be assessed by a qualified laser therapy 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 skin rejuvenation treatment such as age spots, warts, mild acne scars 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 laser therapy or other skin rejuvenation 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 a laser skin resurfacing, chemical peel, or other 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 resurfacing 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 laser therapy 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 (navigate from the site map to the left or the drop downs at the top):
- Skin Cream Alternatives covers the possible creams that may have the desired skin rejuvenation effect if used for long enough on less serious blemishes like age spots
- Laser Skin Resurfacing Process describes exactly what you will go through for your laser therapy and skin rejuvenation for blemishes like age spots or all over problems like acne scars
- Top 10 Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing goes over the positive effects you can gain from laser therapy
- Chemical Peels covers the chemical peel alternatives you can look in to if you are not a candidate for laser therapy
- 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 laser therapy procedure, including chemical peels
- Our Blog provides the most up-to-date information and advice about laser therapy and related skin rejuvenation procedures
Of course everyone is different and how your blemish will respond can only be assessed by a qualified laser therapy practitioner. Some of the above may require multiple treatments and some are easier, but they all come with some risks and potential complications.
** Update **
We have seen the sudden increase in a particular kind of therapy called the “micro laser peel” in recent years. Micro laser peels are different from more traditional laser therapy in the type of equipment 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 laser skin resurfacing because they are not as effective on some blemishes such as acne scars, 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 (they are unlikely to work on deeper problems like acne scars). 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 laser therapy before considering price may help you find the best match, perhaps in your top three choices, as far as price.
Here is information you might find helpful about the Benefits of Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation