Sun exposure, acne scars, and aging can all harm your skin, causing you to look older, and less vibrant than you feel. Laser skin resurfacing can reverse the damage your skin has endured, revealing the younger, brighter, and healthier skin that was lying just below the surface. To find out if laser skin resurfacing can give you younger-looking skin, call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment online with Gordana Gligoric, MD, and the providers at Ageless Laser Med Spa in San Antonio.
Performed only by a physician or dermatologist, skin resurfacing uses lasers to target the outer layers of skin, while heating the lower layers to promote collagen production.
Resurfacing can utilize either ablative or nonablative lasers. The course of treatment chosen will depend on each patient's skin, and the issues addressed. Ablative laser treatments at Ageless Laser Med Spa use CO2 fractional lasers to remove the outer layers of skin, improving the appearance of scars and deeper wrinkles.
Nonablative laser treatments don't remove any layers of skin. They still use heat to target the deeper layers of skin, promoting collagen production without injuring the surface of the skin.
Laser skin resurfacing can treat many skin conditions and is a practical choice for patients who are looking for results beyond over-the-counter creams and serums. Patients can expect an improvement in:
While laser skin resurfacing is nonsurgical and includes minimal downtime, there is a varying amount of recovery time, depending on the course of treatment chosen.
Before a resurfacing procedure, the skin may need a series of treatments to prepare it and help it to tolerate the laser procedure. Proper preparation can decrease recovery time and limit side effects.
On the day of treatment, Dr. Gligoric applies a topical anesthetic to limit discomfort and cleans the treatment area to ensure it is free of dirt and bacteria. The laser is targeted on the designated treatment areas, and the treated skin is dressed to protect it while it heals.
Healing typically takes between 3-10 days, depending on the area treated and the type of procedure chosen. During the recovery time, you must avoid areas where germ exposure is likely (i.e., gyms and schools).
Skin treated with a resurfacing procedure will be sensitive to the sun for up to a year, and proper sun protection is necessary. For this reason, autumn is a popular time for laser skin resurfacing.
If you are seeking a younger, healthier complexion, a consultation with Dr. Gligoric and the staff at Ageless Laser Med Spa is the next step for discussing options and finding the procedure that's right for you. Call or schedule an appointment online today.