Skin is the biggest organ of our body. It reflects your state of mind and is an indicator of your health status. One can predict how healthy your lifestyle is by examining your skin! Hence, someone has rightly said- your skin is the reflection of who you are! A great complexion reveals that you really put efforts into eating nutritious food and sweating it out to impart glow to the skin. While some are blessed with good genes, others have to do hardwork to have great skin! Here, is where skin laser treatment procedure comes as a rescue measure to help you get easily rid of acne, pimples, scars etc.
What is laser skin treatment?
Laser skin treatment makes use of intense beam of light by tuning it to specific wavelengths to treat skin conditions. Laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation and hence, the beam of light emitted by laser device is way more powerful than any other source of light. It is so intense and powerful that it can be harnessed to cut steel and shape diamond (it is the hardest naturally occurring substance on earth).
Medical laser therapies gives access to surgeons to focus on smaller areas with great amount of precision. Also, the procedure imparts less scars and swelling than the traditional surgeries. Thus, recovery period is reduced. Cherry on top is laser treatment is less painful procedure.
Cosmetic laser treatment can come in the category of laser resurfacing which is also called as laser peel or laser vaporization. The treatment helps the patient overcome problems like blemishes, age spots, wrinkles, acne, stretch marks, scars, hyper pigmentation and sun damage.
The frequency of laser will change depending upon the goal of your treatment. Long and short waves may be used in combination to achieve better outcome.
What are types of laser skin treatments?
Lasers can be divided into two categories- ablative and non-ablative procedures. Ablative laser treatments are invasive and removes the outer layer or the topmost layer of the skin. Post procedure, patient may experience redness and pain till the skin heals itself. Non-ablative procedures are less invasive and hence, cause less amount of pain and reduce recovery period.
The procedure does not remove outer layer of skin but, instead makes use of heat to stimulate cells to thicken collagen present in the layer of skin. Thus, the treatment helps in improving skin tone and elasticity, giving it a younger appearance.
Who should opt for laser resurfacing skin treatment?
People who have undergone skin treatments such as face lifting but, not have got desired result, can opt for laser skin treatments. Also, people with wrinkles around eyes, mouth or on forehead and with shallow scars could opt for laser skin treatments. People suffering from severe problem of acne should consult with doctor before undergoing skin laser treatment. There are different types of skin laser treatments available to address specific conditions.
Preparing for laser skin treatment:
The most important point of laser skin treatment is that you have to get it done from an expert dermatologist. Make sure the doctor you have chosen has good experience and good patient reviews. The type of laser treatment to be implemented will be decided after taking into consideration your medical history, your current health and skin status and your desired result.
If you are suffering form cold or have developed fever blisters around your mouth, it may become an obstacle in your treatment. But, no need to worry. Doctor will prescribe you antibiotics before the treatment so that you are at less risk of contracting infections. It is better to inform your doctor about this and let him know about current medications you are intaking like painkillers, aspirin or vitamin or mineral supplements. If you smoke, you need to stop smoking for at least two weeks before laser treatments are commenced.
Laser skin treatment procedure
Depending upon the area that is to be treated, doctor will administer either local anesthesia or general anesthesia. If your entire face is to be treated, then doctor may administer general anesthesia. But, if some parts of your face are to be treated, doctor will administer local anesthesia. Beams of light emitted from laser will be focused at specific area or depending upon the requirement. Once, the procedure is done, doctor will cover the treated area with banded. After a day, you have to clean the area for four to five times and apply an ointment suggested by the dermatologist.
To treat specific areas of the face, it will take around an hour. But, to treat the whole face, it may take two hours.
What to expect after the procedure?
You need to wait for couple of days or weeks to see the desired result. Swelling post laser skin surgery is quite common symptom. It will fade away after few days. To solve the problem of swelling, doctor may prescribe you some medications. You may feel itching sensation for few days post laser treatment but, that will also fade away.
Depending upon the treatment, it takes approximately 20 days for the skin to heal. Consult with doctor if you can wear make-up. Your skin will probably look few shades lighter for some days after the treatment. Its indispensable that you wear broad spectrum sunscreen before you step out of your house to protect your skin from harmful effects of UV (ultraviolet) rays of sun. Avoid going out in time period between 12pm to 5 pm when sun is at its strongest and powerful self. Wear protective clothing to cover yourself. Along with using liberal amount of sunscreen, it is equally important that you keep your skin moisturized. Moisture helps in keeping skin soft and supple along with promoting healing.
Risks of laser skin treatments
As the saying goes- every coin has two sides, along with benefits some risks are also included. However, these potential risk factors can be taken care of and are easy to treat. Some potential risk factors are:
- There could be chances of burns or other injuries because of laser’s heat
- Change in pigmentation of skin
- Bacterial infection
- Cold sores
To conclude, laser skin treatment can be considered as a safe option. However, costs of laser skin treatments may vary and could be costlier than the skin treatments implemented in traditional way. Laser skin treatments are in vogue since they are less painful and more efficient in enhancing outcomes of skin treatments.