Naturally, everyone who undergoes cosmetic treatments expects to get a good outcome from their efforts. While most of the time this is a fair expectation, sometimes people experience complications, some mild, some more severe. Laser treatment is a popular, tried and true method for renewing the skin, treating sun damage, and reducing the severity of wrinkles. Because full carbon dioxide laser resurfacing is a rather invasive procedure, often requiring general anesthesia, there is potential for complications such as scarring. While the majority of laser-resurfacing patients do not experience scarring and are very happy with their results, it is a good idea to do your part in preventing these complications for your own procedure. Here are some ways to minimize your risk for scarring.
Research the Equipment and Procedure
Give yourself the tools to succeed by educating yourself on the laser-resurfacing process and the laser equipment your doctor might use. This will give you an excellent base of knowledge from which to draw specific questions and concerns. The more you know, the easier it will be to monitor your healing process for signs of trouble and prepare for the treatment itself.
Choose the Right Facility and Doctor
Choosing your doctor is the most important aspect of preventing complications in your treatment process. Unfortunately, medical lasers are not always highly regulated, and many people who have certifications to perform treatments lack the experience and skill to perform laser resurfacing correctly. When mistakes happen, the patient can pay the price, ending up with complications and/or a poor aesthetic outcome. Check the training of prospective plastic surgeons thoroughly, and only choose a board certified surgeon with years of experience.
It is important to ensure that your procedure will take place at a clean, modern, and comfortable facility. Whether that facility is a hospital or clinic, you should make sure you feel comfortable and secure about having your procedure performed at the location in question.
Make Sure You Are a Good Candidate
Do not put yourself at risk to make it seem like you are an ideal candidate–your surgeon will need to know as much as possible to plan your treatment. Reputable surgeons will have your best interests at heart and will only refuse to treat you if they feel you will be in physical danger or are likely to get a sub-par outcome from treatment.
Take Care of Your Skin
Aftercare is almost entirely in your hands as the patient, and it will have a heavy impact on your results and the possibility of scarring. Following laser resurfacing, it is very important to keep the skin moist with special ointments your surgeon will provide or recommend. Additionally, the skin will be extremely sensitive, and will need to be kept protected from the sun for several months following the procedure. Finally, habits like smoking can inhibit healing and encourage scar tissue to form. The most important points to remember about recovery and aftercare are to:
1. Follow all instructions from your plastic surgeon
2. Seek help if you notice signs of infection, scarring, or other issue.
If you are ready to learn more about laser skin resurfacing, then it is time to reach out to the best board-certified plastic surgery and laser specialists you can find. During your consultations, you will be able to ask specific questions, get to know potential surgeons, and learn more about the costs, risks, and benefits. If you are seeking treatment in the Boston area, then come see Dr. Stuart Bentkover, a board certified laser specialist and facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. Dr. Bentkover has offices in both Worcester(508-363-6500) and Stoneham(617-247-0033). Call today to schedule your consultation.