Is Laser Skin Resurfacing Safe?
Few of us are lucky enough to have smooth, flawless skin. Maintaining a youthful, clear complexion gets even more difficult as we age—our skin begins to show the effects of sun damage, habits such as smoking or tanning, and the natural aging process.
Laser skin resurfacing can improve the appearance of your face by selectively targeting the superficial layers of skin that contain fine lines or deeper wrinkles, scars and hyperpigmentation or discoloration. Laser skin resurfacing can help improve skin tone, texture and appearance by removing dull, damaged skin and promoting the skin’s natural healing process. Following treatment, healthier, more youthful-looking skin emerges to reveal a more radiant, clear complexion.
What skin problems can laser resurfacing treat?
Laser resurfacing can be used to improve the following skin conditions:
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Vascular lesions
- Precancerous growths
- Age spots, sun spots and sun damage
- Textural irregularities
- Lip lines or smoker’s lines
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Skin laxity (sagging skin)
Side effects of laser skin resurfacing include swelling, redness and itching, which should subside within a few days. The full recovery time ranges between one and two weeks, depending on the intensity of the procedure, and several follow-up appointments will be required. For some patients, full skin pigmentation may not return until 6 months to a year after the treatment. It’s important for patients to avoid sun exposure and use sun protection.
When it comes to a skin treatment such as laser skin resurfacing, safety should always be a primary concern. When performed by a highly trained, experienced provider, laser skin treatments are safe and carry minimal risk. However, since some lasers affect skin pigment, certain laser resurfacing treatments may not be suitable for darker or tanned skin. To learn more about laser skin resurfacing in Ft. Collins or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Reistad, contact Chet Reistad, M.D., by calling 970-221-2222 or visiting chetreistadmd.com.