Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
In a perfect world, our faces would glow with youthful exuberance forever. In the real world, age spots, wrinkles, and scars reveal our true age. Luckily, there’s an easy, effective procedure called laser resurfacing that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes, rejuvenating skin and returning that youthful glow.
What Is Laser Resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is a procedure dermatologists use to remove wrinkles and blemishes from the face, hands, neck, and chest. Also called a laser peel, laser vaporization, or lasabrasion, a doctor skillfully uses a laser to direct short bursts of light to the treatment area one layer at a time. The laser uses heat to destroy blemishes and wrinkles on the epidermis, or outer layer of skin, which then stimulates collagen production underneath. The new skin that grows in its place is smoother, firmer, and blemish-free. There are two kinds of lasers used for the procedure:
CO2 laser resurfacing—This laser directs short pulses of light energy or continuous light beams to remove thin layers of skin without damaging the surrounding tissue.
Erbium laser resurfacing—This laser is used to remove superficial to moderately deep wrinkles on the face, chest, neck, and hands.
What Areas Respond Best to Laser Resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is a great choice to treat the following:
- Acne scars
- Chickenpox scars
- Wrinkles on the forehead, under the eyes, and around the mouth
- Sun-damaged skin
- Liver spots
- Yellow or gray skin patches
- Enlarged pores on the nose
Who Makes a Good Candidate for Laser Resurfacing?
Anyone with mild to moderate wrinkles and the aforementioned skin blemishes will respond well to laser resurfacing. The procedure is not recommended if you have:
- Current acne outbreaks
- Extremely dark skin
- Very deep wrinkles
- Excessively saggy skin
Those with darker complexions face the risk of the treatment area turning darker after healing. Blondes and redheads should be aware that they face a longer recovery time for new, pink skin to return to its normal color.
What Should I Expect During My Procedure?
There may be some prep work before you undergo your laser resurfacing procedure. Depending on your unique case, your doctor may put you on a customized series of skin treatments six weeks prior to the procedure to set your skin up for optimal healing and to minimize complications.
Before the procedure, your doctor will numb the treatment area with topical anesthetics to reduce discomfort. Depending on the size or sensitivity of the area, you may be given a sedative or even general anesthesia. Expect the procedure to take 30 minutes to two hours. After the resurfacing is complete, you’ll be given medication to reduce pain. Side effects can include:
- Redness (like a sunburn)
After the procedure, your doctor will set you up on a skin care regimen designed to reduce discomfort and promote healing. Most patients experience peeling of the treatment area after three to seven days. Your new skin will be pink for a few weeks, but will eventually return to its normal color. It’s vital to wear sunscreen during this healing time to protect your skin from the sun. Results of laser resurfacing are long-lasting but can be repeated as necessary.
If you’d like to learn more about laser resurfacing, make an appointment today with the medical professionals of Sanctuary Medical Center. We offer a wide variety of laser cosmetic procedures to our patients in South Florida, helping you regain your confidence and youthful appearance.
May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, with one out of every five Americans developing it over their lifetime. But despite the astronomical numbers, skin cancer is a very treatable and curable condition. That’s why it’s so important that we take this opportunity to raise awareness and discuss the dangers of skin cancer, how to prevent it, and how to treat it if you do end up getting it.
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Excessive sweating can be a debilitating condition—especially in our South Florida climate. It can affect all aspects of your life, from everyday tasks to your personal relationships. It can ruin your clothes and your self-confidence, but you don’t have to live with persistent perspiration anymore. Do something about it with miraDry® at Sanctuary Medical Center.
Get Ready for Summer with Laser Hair Reduction Treatments
We’re so lucky to live in such a beautiful area full of amazing beaches, plenty of sunshine, and warm temps all year long. That gives us the unique opportunity to keep up with that beach bod on a full-time basis. However, nobody wants embarrassing and unattractive hairs to put a damper on their lifestyle. Consistently having to tame the constant growth of unwanted face or body hair is a chore many of us wish to live without. Now is the perfect opportunity to finally do just that with laser hair reduction at Sanctuary Medical Center.
Power-Up Your Weight Loss in 2018 with UltraShape® Power
Does it feel like you’re always making the same New Year’s resolution? Every New Year, you think that this will be the year that you finally knock off those last five or 10 pounds. Let 2018 be the year that you finally rid yourself of that stubborn fat for good with the help of UltraShape Power at Boca Raton’s Sanctuary Medical Center.
A Closer Look at BBL™ Photofacial
All the warm sunny days here in South Florida are perfect for enjoying outdoor sports, recreation, or just lounging poolside with a good book. But those blissful moments spent catching rays could have harmful consequences on your skin—and your face ends up taking most of the damage. Unfortunately, even if you apply sunscreen religiously, destructive UV rays can still wreak havoc and cause early signs of aging or even other, more serious health issues. While you may love a little bronze on those cheeks, your beach look may be doing future damage to the health of your skin.
What Are Dermal Fillers? Are They Right For Me?
As we age, our skin goes through a number of changes that we may not be happy about. Many are often surprised to find out that even in our 20s and 30s, our skin begins to show signs of aging. Perhaps you have heard the term “dermal fillers” from different celebrities, but are not sure if they are right for you. (more…)
Boost Your Confidence With The Sculptra Butt Lift
If you have been avoiding short shorts and bikini bottoms this Florida summer, it may be time for a confidence boost. Having a smoother, fuller, and more voluminous backside can be difficult to achieve no matter how hard you work due to factors outside of your control such as aging and genetics. Because of this, so many women struggle to feel comfortable with their figures, especially during the warmer months. Thankfully our team at Sanctuary Medical Center offers a great alternative to invasive surgery: the Sculptra® Butt Lift. (more…)
Stop Sweating for Good with MiraDry®
There is no question about it, it is hot here in Boca Raton! With temperatures reaching well into the 90s and humidity levels high, the weather here in West Palm Beach makes for near perfect conditions for sweat—and lots of it! At Sanctuary Medical Center, we get it! No one wants to deal with excessive sweating. Fortunately, the Sanctuary Medical Center professional team can have you sweat free this summer with the help of miraDry.