What Skin Irregularities Are Treated With Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing can treat a variety of skin concerns and irregularities. Using state-of-the-art lasers, the team at Dermatology Center of Dallas in Dallas, TX can perform many types of laser treatments to address your concerns.
Below, we'll look at the various procedures included in the category of laser resurfacing and see what they may be able to do for you.
What is laser skin resurfacing, and how does it work?
It may sound counterintuitive, but lasers are designed to damage and destroy skin cells. Using precise beams of light, problematic cells (such as those with too much pigment) are targeted while leaving healthy cells alone. The destruction of some cells leads them to regenerate, and the idea is that this regeneration will lead to the creation of new, healthier cells.
Some lasers are stronger than others, and it takes an experienced team, such as the one at Dermatology Center of Dallas, to know which one is right for a patient trying to achieve a specific aesthetic goal.
In some cases, patients only need a laser to target the outer layer of skin (the epidermis), while some issues, such as deep scars, may require a stronger laser to penetrate down to the dermis.
The team at Dermatology Center of Dallas will talk to patients about the benefits and drawbacks of each type of laser skin resurfacing treatment and develop a personalized treatment plan.
What skin irregularities can laser resurfacing treat?
Depending on the type of laser used, laser skin resurfacing may be able to correct skin issues that affect even deeper layers of skin, such as scars.
Many different skin concerns can be improved with laser skin resurfacing. These include:
Pigmentation issues, such as redness and brown spots (including some signs of sun damage)
Uneven skin tone
Acne, surgical, and burn scars
Fine lines and wrinkles
Rough skin texture
Visible blood vessels
Laser skin resurfacing can even help remove body hair and tattoos. In the long-term, lasers also help collagen regenerate for a brighter, smoother, more youthful-looking complexion.
What types of lasers can address skin irregularities?
In general, there are three kinds of lasers used for skin resurfacing:
Non-ablative lasers do not remove layers of skin but create micro-injuries to skin cells so that new cells regenerate during healing.
Ablative lasers penetrate the skin and can even remove the outer layer. This is effective for treating lines and wrinkles, and can be similar to a chemical peel. It’s effective but requires a longer recovery time.
Fractional lasers can be ablative or non-ablative and penetrate deeper skin layers. They can treat stubborn pigmentation issues and scars.
What happens after laser resurfacing?
Regardless of the laser used, most patients experience some redness and flaking of the skin in the days or weeks after treatment. Stronger lasers will make the outer layer of skin peel away, so it's crucial that you are gentle with your face after treatment and don't pick at this skin.
The team at Dermatology Center of Dallas will give you specific aftercare instructions, which typically involve moisturizing and soothing treatments and staying out of the sun for specific periods of time.
Once the healing process is completed, your skin will look smooth and rejuvenated.
Get laser skin resurfacing in Dallas, TX
If you're looking for softer, smoother skin with a more even skin tone, laser resurfacing from the Dermatology Center of Dallas team can help. The results can make you look more youthful and radiant.
If you live in the Dallas, TX area and are interested to see what these procedures can do for you, schedule a consultation with us today.