What You Need to Know About Laser Skin Treatments
Laser skin treatments are non-surgical solutions for a wide variety of skin problems and concerns. Sun exposure, skin disease, the aging process, and even genetics can cause skin problems on the face or in other areas of the body. Issues like wrinkles, poor skin tone, skin laxity, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and poor skin texture can all be corrected with the help of laser skin treatments. Here is the essential info about laser skin treatments.
What Skin Concerns Does Laser Therapy Address?
Laser skin treatments can help with most skin issues, including all of the following:
- Acne scars
- Sun spots
- Visible blood vessels
- Loose skin
- Rough skin texture
- Poor skin tone
- Sagging skin
Many patients who choose laser skin therapy have more than one skin concern. In some cases, patients are unhappy with many different aspects of their skin and they simply want an overall rejuvenation effect—something that laser skin treatments are perfectly suited to deliver. Ageless in Pensacola offers several different types of laser skin treatments. Dr. Harris can help you choose the right option based on your unique needs and goals.
What Skin Laser Options Are Available?
BroadBand Light (BBL Sciton)
The BBL treatment is the strongest IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) skin treatment available today. The BBL system delivers photothermal light energy directly into the top layers of skin, causing your skin to absorb heat in the treatment areas. This heat prompts regeneration of skin cells, allowing for a fresher and more youthful appearance.
BBL treatment is often used for sun damage, smaller blood vessels, and uneven pigmentation. While the face and neck are the most popular areas for BBL treatment, many patients also opt for this treatment on other areas such as the hands and the shoulders. BBL treatment can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other types of laser skin treatments.
Sciton Halo is a treatment that is designed to deal with sun damage and the effects of natural aging through dermal heating and epidermal renewal. Over the years, many people become unhappy with the appearance of their skin as sun spots, lines, and poor skin tone develop. Sciton Halo is unique among laser treatments because it targets the specific skin depth needed to repair these types of issues.
Sciton Halo can improve skin tone, texture, and overall appearance. This treatment is effective for fine lines, wrinkles, and even large pores. With Halo Hybrid treatments, even scarring can be addressed. Sciton Halo treatment can be personalized based on your specific skin damage, and the treatment can be adjusted based on your time constraints. These treatments typically require 3-5 days of social downtime.
The Sciton ProFractional laser is a fully tunable skin resurfacing device. This treatment can address a variety of skin problems, including poor skin tone, rough skin texture, fine facial lines, deep facial wrinkles, and acne scars. ProFractional laser treatment is so effective because it can be easily customized to your needs. This treatment stimulates your body to create new collagen, which means that even deeper wrinkles can be treated effectively.
Treatments can range from shallow to deep depending on what type of correction is needed. The Sciton ProFractional treatment can be personalized according to your schedule. Generally, there will be a couple of days of downtime for shallow treatments, and longer downtime for the deep treatments.
What Should I Expect During Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is generally very well tolerated. To ensure your comfort, a topical anesthetic is used for the more shallow treatments. For deeper treatments, a local anesthetic may be used. You’ll wear eye protection during your laser treatment, and you’ll simply relax for the duration of the treatment. You may experience some warmth, along with a slight snapping sensation, but thanks to the anesthetic it’s unlikely to be uncomfortable.
The length of therapy varies considerably based on your needs and treatment goals. Many patients need only one treatment, while others may benefit from a series of treatments. Each treatment session lasts only about 15-30 minutes, and you can return home immediately afterward.
Recovery After Laser Skin Treatment
After your laser skin treatment, you should follow the guidelines from Dr. Harris closely. Most patients can wear makeup 24 hours after laser skin treatment, but for deeper treatments, you may need to wait a few days to do so. It’s important to avoid sun exposure until the skin is fully healed. This may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the depth of your laser skin treatment. Whenever you’re out in the sun, use a high-quality sunscreen at all times.
Redness and peeling are normal after a laser skin treatment. Peeling usually begins after 3-4 days, and the new skin below is usually evident by day 5. However, for lighter treatments, this process may be even shorter and for deeper treatments, it can be longer.
When Should I Expect to See Results From Laser Skin Treatment?
You can expect to see results 2-5 days after your laser skin treatment, although this varies depending on the type and the depth of the treatment. One of the major benefits of treatments like Sciton Halo is that results only get better with time. Pigmentation continues to improve for 2-3 weeks, and then the new collagen production continues for several months thereafter.
We offer laser skin treatments of all types, Botox, dermal fillers, Kybella, hormone replacement therapy, and everything else that you need to look and feel your very best. Contact us anytime to arrange a consultation appointment. We will customize a treatment just for you!