Does your face look tired, dull, and dry? Your skin may be telling you something. Skin takes a beating on a regular basis, and it can be affected by everything from stress to pollution. If you’re experiencing skin problems or signs of aging, you might want to consider a skin rejuvenation treatment like laser resurfacing. Laser resurfacing is an extremely popular treatment since it can address many different skin problems and produce a youthful, glowing complexion. But what is laser resurfacing, and who can benefit most from this treatment?
Laser resurfacing is often known as a “laser peel.” The treatment uses light to carefully destroy dull, damaged skin cells and encourage the body to produce new skin cells, collagen, elastin. In the weeks following treatment, the skin heals and repairs itself, producing long-lasting rejuvenation.
Who Can Benefit?
Laser treatments are a powerful tool for facial anti-aging, but they’re not right for everyone. Who can benefit from laser resurfacing? Let’s take a look.
People with Wrinkles
Signs of aging can begin earlier than expected, and mild to moderate wrinkles can be improved with laser skin resurfacing. While injectables like Botox and hyaluronic acid products are some of the most popular wrinkle treatments, the results are only temporary and they do not improve overall skin quality.
People with Sun Damage
The ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can greatly accelerate aging and cause many different skin problems. Brown spots and freckles are often the first sign of sun damage, but later on, wrinkles, sagging skin, and poor skin texture can occur if the skin is not protected from the sun. Tanning and sun exposure can also lead to skin cancer. Laser skin resurfacing can’t protect the skin from cancer, but it can help to treat unwanted pigmentation and other aesthetic signs of sun damage.
People with Poor Skin Texture
Poor skin texture can occur for many different reasons, but rough, dull skin is never a sign of skin health. Laser treatments can be used to “reset” the skin and produce a smoother, firmer complexion. New skin cells look and feel healthier, causing the skin to gain a “glow” from the treatments.
People with Minor Facial Scars
Acne scarring and other minor facial scars can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness. Laser skin resurfacing makes the skin smoother, helping to reduce the appearance of scarring. Skin treatments like laser resurfacing also encourage the formation of collagen in the skin, which can help improve scarring as well. Only superficial scarring can be reduced with this treatment, however. Deeper scars will often require surgical intervention.
People Who Do Not Want Surgery
Many patients are interested in facial rejuvenation but are not interested in undergoing cosmetic surgery. Laser resurfacing treatments can be very in-depth or gentle, depending on the device used, and patients can enjoy great results without the drawbacks of surgery. However, patients must have realistic expectations for the results from laser resurfacing, as the treatment cannot produce anti-aging results for wrinkles and sagging skin that are on par with surgical procedures.
A Versatile Treatment
Both men and women can benefit from laser resurfacing, and the treatment’s versatility makes it a great choice for many patients. However, not everyone is a good candidate for laser treatments, and individual candidacy must always be determined by a board certified plastic surgeon. If you’re interested in learning more about using laser treatments to reach your aesthetic goals, Dr. Stuart Bentkover has decades of experience in laser treatments. Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery & Laser Center offers the latest technology and is the only office in Central MA with the PicoSure laser technology. Call us today at 508-363-6500 (Worcester, MA location) or 617-247-0033 (Stoneham, MA location) to schedule your consultation!