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BLUSH Beverly Hills is the premier aesthetic medicine destination for those looking for natural, beautiful results for the face, skin, and body without going under the knife. 

laser skin resurfacing

Everyone’s skin ages and no one can escape the inevitable wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and loss of collagen and volume in the skin. While genetics and lifestyle choices play a big role in this and some things can be done to age more gracefully, it’s still inevitable. At-home skincare, masks, and exfoliation are great to have in a regular routine for maintenance and taking care of your skin on a daily basis, but sometimes it’s not enough. However, with all the advancements in cosmetic procedures and technology, there are many options out there to prevent or reverse the signs of aging and give a youthful appearance to the skin. One of those options is laser skin resurfacing

Lasers are a great tool in skincare to address various concerns, such as acne scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, spots, and loose skin. This type of laser skin treatment is great for people who want something more powerful than at-home skincare or regular facials and chemical peels to transform aging, dull, or textured skin.

Below, we’ll go over what laser skin resurfacing is and how it works, as well as seven things you need to know before undergoing your first laser resurfacing session.

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a proven way to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, age spots, acne scars, and sun damage, and it helps balance skin tone and tightens the skin. Lasers harness the power of light and heat to improve skin tone, texture, coloration, and elasticity. Skin lasers change the skin by creating a small, controlled injury in the skin tissue that stimulates the body’s natural healing response to produce new skin cells that transform the skin. 

The healing response triggered by the laser also helps increase collagen production, which is an essential component of firm, healthy, youthful skin. As we age, our collagen production slows down and leads to loss of firmness in the skin, loss of volume, and wrinkles and fine lines. Laser skin resurfacing is a powerful way to reverse these skin issues and the aging process. However, this treatment option is not for everyone. Laser skin treatments can be used as a preventative measure, but are costly. It’s usually recommended to:

  • Start laser treatments later in life when other treatments aren’t doing enough 
  • Use it to treat deeper wrinkles, sun damage, skin discoloration, or advanced aging 
  • Use it to treat acne scars when other treatments haven’t worked

If you’re considering laser skin resurfacing, here are seven things you need to know before taking the next step and booking your appointment.

  1. When Should You Have Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Since laser skin treatments are a more intense procedure and create a minor skin injury, it takes some time to heal. It can take anywhere from a week to three weeks for the skin to fully heal, and during that time, you will be instructed not to go out in the sun or put anything on your face. This means you must be mindful of what time of year you have laser skin resurfacing. 

It’s recommended to undergo laser skin resurfacing during the fall or winter months when daytime hours are shorter and you’re typically spending more time indoors. You also want to be mindful of not scheduling your session within a week or two of any events since your skin will be red, and you won’t be able to wear makeup while it’s healing. 

Regardless of what time of year you have laser skin resurfacing, it’s crucial to always wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen daily and reapply as needed to keep your skin protected and achieve the best results.

  1. Treatments May or May Not Be Uncomfortable

Laser treatments are not entirely pain-free and depend on each individual’s pain tolerance. Some patients experience discomfort, while others do not. Your practitioner will apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment area to help ease the pain, and some facilities may also offer additional methods, such as laughing gas. You can also ask for topical numbing cream beforehand to apply at home an hour before your session to ensure the treatment area is as numb as possible. 

Patients often describe the sensation as small rubber bands snapping on the skin. However, the feelings will vary depending on the type of laser used, the depth used during treatment, and each person’s pain tolerance levels. 

  1. Having Darker Skin Doesn’t Exclude You From Laser Treatments

With previous laser technology, darker skin tones were often excluded from laser skin treatments or harder to treat and see good results. However, laser technology has significantly advanced, and lasers are now made to provide amazing results for all skin types, including darker skin tones. Some lasers may still pose a risk of cell damage or discoloration, but most lasers are safe and effective for darker skin tones. If you’re concerned about receiving laser skin treatments with a darker skin tone, do some research on the different types of lasers and what facilities in your area use lasers that work well with your skin type. During a consultation, the practitioner will also inform you of the best skin resurfacing treatment options for you. 

  1. Who Performs Your Laser Treatment Makes a Difference

It’s important to have laser skin resurfacing performed by someone who is highly trained and knowledgeable. The quality of the person performing the treatment will ensure that the procedure is safe and that you receive the best experience and results. Laser treatments from poorly trained individuals can leave you with ineffective results, scarring, or burn marks and can even be dangerous. 

When choosing your facility and practitioner for laser skin resurfacing, make sure to go off of the individual’s experience, training, and qualifications instead of solely on who offers the best deal. 

  1. Medications and Conditions Affect How Your Skin Reacts to the Laser

Certain medications or medical conditions can affect how your skin responds to the laser and overall treatment. Be upfront with your practitioner about your medical history and any medications or supplements you take. For example, the laser may trigger a breakout if you’re prone to cold sores or fever blisters. Also, different acne medications, such as Accutane, can cause poor healing or scarring from laser treatments. And some over-the-counter medications, like aspirin, can increase the chances of post-procedure bleeding. 

Certain medical conditions, like diabetes and other chronic conditions, can impact the safety and results of laser treatments. So it’s important to consult with your practitioner about any medical issues to ensure this is the right procedure for you and that it is safe for your skin.

People should quit smoking at least two weeks before and after laser treatments to avoid any complications with healing and ensure the best results possible. 

  1. Plan on Having Multiple Treatments

While laser skin resurfacing provides dramatic and amazing results, they are not permanent. You will need multiple sessions to maintain your results and may need multiple sessions to achieve ideal results. Luckily, once you’ve achieved your desired results from laser skin resurfacing, it no longer takes as many sessions to maintain those. Many patients are satisfied with their maintenance results with only one laser skin resurfacing session a year, and some patients can even go longer than that in between sessions. 

  1. You Will Need Some Downtime After Each Session

Laser skin resurfacing isn’t as invasive as surgery, but it does require some downtime so that your skin can properly heal to ensure optimal results. The downtime needed will depend on the type of laser used and how intensive the session was. Everyone’s healing rate is different, so the length of someone else’s downtime with the same laser treatment may not be the same as yours. It’s important not to rush the healing process and follow all aftercare instructions to avoid any damage and ensure you get the best results. 

Some laser treatments require no downtime at all and only minor aftercare, while other lasers require two to three weeks of downtime until the skin fully heals and the results start to show. Downtime doesn’t mean that you have to stay at home the entire time; it just means that your skin will be raw and red and will scab and peel, so you may not be comfortable with going out in certain situations until your skin has fully healed. It also means that you should take extra good care of your skin during this time. Make sure that you wear SPF daily, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses if you go out in the sun, and avoid swimming or the gym in case of infection until the skin heals.

The Bottom Line

If you’re considering laser skin resurfacing to improve your skin or reverse the signs of aging, your next step is to have a consultation with a licensed and qualified practitioner and laser specialist. BLUSH Beverly Hills offers a variety of laser skin treatments, and our staff is highly qualified and trained to provide you with the safest and most effective laser treatments available. 
Ready to get started? Reach out to us and set up your consultation today.