How do I need to prepare for a laser treatment?
With any laser treatment, the most important thing to do to prepare is avoid direct sun exposure for several weeks prior to treatment. In some cases, prescription skin lighteners may be recommended by your clinician to prep your skin for 2-8 weeks prior to your treatment.
What is the difference between ablative and non-ablative?
Ablative lasers work by removing outer layers of dull, damaged skin to reveal healthier skin underneath. This prompts your body’s natural healing response, triggering increased collagen production in the area. Ablative lasers are often used to successfully treat fine lines, acne scarring, and sun damage. Results are dramatic, though they often come with a longer recovery period and a few unwelcome side effects, such as swelling, redness, or changes in pigmentation.
Non-ablative lasers typically provide less dramatic and slower results, though they are much less invasive. Non-ablative lasers heat up the tissue, but do not destroy it. This stimulates collagen production to address minor skin concerns without removing the upper layer of skin. These lasers are a popular option for treating minor imperfections, light scarring, and fine lines, though multiple treatments are typically required.
Does laser skin resurfacing hurt?
While every patient is different, the vast majority of our patients say their laser resurfacing treatments at LJCMS were much more comfortable than they expected. This is largely due to our providers’ considerable skill and experience, but also because we utilize a variety of
How do I take care of my skin after a laser resurfacing treatment?
Your skin will be more sensitive to UV light after laser resurfacing. It is very important to protect treated areas from the sun for the first week after treatment, or until skin fully heals (redness is gone and there is no more flaking), as sun exposure during this time can result in permanent discoloration. We recommend:
- Apply SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen to treated skin every morning, before going outdoors, and reapplying every 2 hours.
- Keeping the treated area covered with clothing (or wearing a wide-brimmed hat to protect the face) if you are spending more than a few minutes outside.
- Keep skin moisturized with a high-quality, medical-grade moisturizer that is safe for healing skin. We will recommend products based on your skin type and needs at your appointment.
How much does laser skin resurfacing cost?