Everybody wants to have beautiful, flawless, glowing skin. Unfortunately, most of us are not born with this blessing. And while you can certainly talk to your dermatologist about developing a daily skin care regimen and finding the right products for your skin type, still you may have to deal with periodic breakouts due to hormones or environmental factors. And you could be trying to cover up redness, scarring, dark spots, and other remnants of old or ongoing skin issues. That said, there are options to consider that are bound to be more effective than your average cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and mud mask routine. And if facials simply aren’t doing the trick and you’re not keen on the potential side effects associated with chemical peels and microderm abrasion, you’ll be happy to hear that there are a number of laser resurfacing treatments to choose from these days. Here are some options you may want to look into and what you can expect when you try them.
The CO2 (or carbon dioxide) laser is not new, but it has improved greatly over the many years it has been used to treat various skin conditions. The light pulses used in this type of treatment are designed to remove the top layers of skin, much like non-laser options (a chemical peel, for example) in order to stimulate new growth and reverse certain signs of aging such as wrinkles, dark spots, scarring, and even issues like enlarged oil glands. Although laser treatments cost more than their chemical counterparts, the upside is that you are unlikely to suffer the same pain or healing time associated with a chemical peel.
Another option is the erbium laser, which works a little differently than the CO2 laser with the result being even less damage and subsequently, less healing time. This laser is also better suited to darker skin tones, which can be adversely affected by harsher treatments, especially of the chemical variety. In addition, this type of laser treatment is often used specifically for fine lines and wrinkles, not only on the face, but on other telltale areas of aging like the neck, chest, and hands, where sun damage often occurs. For best results, you may want to ask your dermatologist or qualified aesthetician about the potential benefits of using both types of lasers together.
Generally speaking, you’ll want to do a little prep work before you go under the laser, first scheduling consultations to find out if you’re a good candidate for laser treatments, as well as to learn the benefits, risks, and costs entailed by different laser resurfacing procedures. You may need anesthesia of some sort during the process, but you’ll likely be awake and the treatment will be given on an outpatient basis. Once you’ve found a reputable facility like Beau Visage Center and you’ve undergone treatment, the onus is on you to follow skincare instructions to prevent peeling, scabbing, and infection as much as possible. But in just 1-2 weeks (depending on the laser treatment you choose) you’ll see the young, fresh, and blemish-free skin you crave. Plus, results can last up to a year or more, although some people enjoy the benefits for several years before they require another round of treatment.