Making Sense of Laser Resurfacing

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Available in various wavelengths and strengths and used to treat a variety of dermatological conditions, cosmetic laser and light therapies can be overwhelming. The skincare patients who visit my Idaho Falls med spa often have a lot of questions, so in this blog post I’ll answer some of the ones I hear most.

What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a completely nonsurgical procedure that uses powerful laser energy to stimulate collagen growth, reducing surface damage on the skin and encouraging smooth, even tone and tightness. Because it both removes damaged skin and stimulates collagen production, laser skin resurfacing is adept at treating fine lines and wrinkles, improving scars, and tightening the skin.

At Freeman Plastic Surgery, we offer several options for laser skin resurfacing, including an erbium:YAG laser that can be customized for each patient’s needs.

What’s the difference between laser resurfacing and IPL?

Generally speaking, laser treatments are a bit more customizable and can also be more effective at treating deeper concerns, such as skin laxity and wrinkles. IPL, or intense pulsed light, is primarily used to treat pigmented lesions, such as freckles, age spots, and rosacea.

The procedures for both IPL and laser resurfacing are similar, but laser resurfacing can be a bit more uncomfortable and take longer to heal. Keep in mind, though, that laser resurfacing typically yields more significant results.

Why choose laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a popular option both here at Freeman Plastic Surgery and throughout the country, thanks in part to its extreme versatility. Unlike some other treatments that focus merely on the skin’s surface, laser skin resurfacing can be adjusted to go deeper, smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles, tightening eyelids, reducing the look of scars, evening skin tone, softening rough patches, and causing sagging skin to contract.

While laser resurfacing is popular on its own, it can also be used to enhance the results of other types of facial rejuvenation, such as facelift. Should you choose to combine procedures, Dr. Freeman will advise you on the timeline that’s most appropriate.

How do I maintain the results?

The best way to keep your skin radiant and glowing is to take good care of it. If you don’t already have a diligent skin care routine, this is the perfect time to get in the habit. During your appointment, we’ll be happy to walk you through the products in the 3 skin care lines we carry: ZO®, and SkinMedica®. Each has ways to protect your skin, as well as nourish and moisturize it.

As we’ve discussed in a prior blog post, proper skin care means choosing your sunscreen and makeup carefully, too. Check the labels for “broad-spectrum” coverage, and make sure you wear sunscreen underneath your foundation.

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