Freshen up your skin and reduce the deepening fine lines and wrinkles with laser resurfacing in Boise. This laser skin rejuvenation treatment also addresses other minor skin issues such as acne scars, skin discoloration, and uneven texture. The damaged skin layers are removed and replaced with new growth, resulting in tighter skin and a more even complexion.
Laser resurfacing is a procedure that uses laser energy to gently remove skin layers. This process has many benefits including treatment of brown spots, redness, discoloration caused by sun damage and aging. It can dramatically reduce fine lines and wrinkles depending on the strength of the laser. Lasers can makes the skin look younger and removes blotches or scars caused by acne or too much sun exposure. It can be applied to the face, neck, decollette, hands, arms and other areas of concern. Patients who are interested in getting a laser resurfacing treatment can call Idaho Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery for a consultation.
What Is Laser Resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing treats signs of damage caused by sun exposure and aging. These include scarring, wrinkles, brown spots, and skin lesions. By gently removing layers of skin, these signs of damage can become less pronounced. New skin layers will replace the old, making the face look younger and rejuvenated.
How Does Laser Resurfacing Work?
Laser resurfacing uses laser beams to precisely remove skin layers on targeted areas of the face. This treatment can be used to reduce signs of aging around the eyes, nose, and mouth. Doing so encourages new skin growth, resulting in tighter, smoother skin. This treatment can also reduce discoloration and even out the patient’s skin tone.
Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Resurfacing?
The best candidates for a laser resurfacing treatment are patients with pronounced signs of aging. They have wrinkles, liver spots, laxity of skin around the eyes, and other types of blemishes. Patients with precancerous skin lesions can benefit from this treatment, as well. It is important to have realistic expectations.
Patients who currently have active acne are not good candidates for laser resurfacing. Excessive skin sagging or severe cases of deep wrinkles would also be discouraging factors. Patients who have very dark skin tones may not gain the same benefits from this treatment as those with lighter skin color.
Your Laser Resurfacing Consultation
During a consultation for a laser resurfacing treatment, a physical examination will be performed. Patients will be evaluated for skin tone as that determines the settings of the laser during the procedure. Patients will be evaluated for breakouts of acne, cold sores, or fever blisters. Patients will also be asked if they are taking any prescription medication. The patient’s medical history will be reviewed thoroughly to determine potential risk factors. This will include a discussion about any underlying conditions, past procedures, and allergies.
Preparing for Laser Resurfacing Treatment
It is important to prepare for your laser resurfacing procedure. If you are a smoker, you should stop smoking about two weeks before (as well as after) the procedure. Limit or avoid sun exposure to prevent exacerbation of UV damage on your skin.
Avoid taking any medications or supplements with blood-thinning properties, like aspirin, vitamin E, and ibuprofen. It is best to be well rested the night before your treatment.
Your Laser Resurfacing Session
The target areas are cleansed prior to the laser treatment. Photographs may be taken for before-and-after comparison. Depending on the extent of the procedure and the strength of the laser, patients of laser resurfacing will be given local or general anesthesia. A short-pulse laser is directed toward the targeted areas. This will result in eventual destruction of the top layer of the skin which peels off over time. Targeted treatments can last up to an hour or more.
Laser Resurfacing Aftercare
Downtime after a laser resurfacing treatment session is short. Expect swelling and itching for several days after your treatment. Ointments are applied during the recovery period. This will help keep the skin moisturized. Over the first few days, redness will appear and the top layer of skin crusts over and eventually falls off. Some patients find it beneficial to take pain medication for the first several days. Elevation of treated areas and cold therapy can aid the healing process.
How Much Does Laser Resurfacing Cost?
The exact cost for laser resurfacing will depend on many factors. Factors impacting price include the size of the area that needs treatment and the number of areas requiring treatment.
Contact Us to Learn More
To schedule a consultation for laser resurfacing in Boise, call Idaho Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery. Patients can learn more about the treatment during their consultation and can ask any questions they may have.