It happens to all of us: we look in the mirror from time to time and our eyes go immediately to our wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of aging. If your skin isn’t looking as youthful and energized as you feel, there are numerous ways that an experienced and skilled medical professional can give you the results you’re looking for. Is fractionated laser skin resurfacing the best path for you?
As with any cosmetic procedure, the first step in the fractionated laser skin resurfacing journey is finding out if you’re a good candidate for the treatment. Ask yourself these questions from our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center team to see if fractionated laser skin resurfacing might be your best choice.
What Cosmetic Concerns Do You Want to Treat?
Aging creates several facial symptoms that most people want to remove, including fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, and age spots. Fractionated laser skin resurfacing can reduce all of these signs of aging, as well as sun damage and scarring. This versatile procedure can also make these same improvements to your neck, hands, and chest.
Keep in mind, though, that laser skin resurfacing only treats mild skin laxity – it doesn’t create notable results in heavily sagging skin like significant jowls. For dramatic skin tightening, a surgical facelift might be a better choice.
Do You Have Any Potential Risk Factors?
As beneficial as fractionated laser skin resurfacing can be, it does have its risks too, like any other cosmetic or medical procedure. For most patients, these risks are minimal as long as you follow your pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions from our knowledgeable licensed laser technicians.
There are certain qualities that can increase your risk for side effects, though, including very dark skin tones, active acne, and a current cold sore. If you have any of these risk factors, you may be a better fit for a different facial rejuvenation treatment, and our treatment providers can recommend the best options for your needs.
Are You Prepared for Your Recovery?
Because fractionated laser skin resurfacing creates small clusters rather than treating every bit of skin throughout your face, this treatment has a shorter recovery time than traditional laser skin resurfacing. It does still have a recovery period, though, and it can take a few weeks for your skin to fully heal.
To be a candidate for fractionated laser skin resurfacing, you need to be ready to care for your skin after your procedure. Our treatment providers will give you clear instructions for both before and after your treatment, including avoiding sun exposure and keeping your skin clean.
What Are Your Expectations for Your Results?
You’ll hear from countless people who have had fractionated laser skin resurfacing that it made a tremendous difference in their appearance and their confidence, but it’s important to realize that the procedure has limits too. It isn’t a replacement for a surgical facelift, for example.
It’s crucial to know what to expect from the treatment so you can make sure it’s the right procedure for you. Because fractionated laser skin resurfacing works with your body’s healing process, it takes time for your results to fully develop. Fortunately, though, for this same reason, the results are long-lasting and you will always look younger than you would have looked if you had not had the treatment.
Choosing Your Facial Rejuvenation Strategy
Fractionated laser skin resurfacing, Botox® and Dysport® injections, microneedling, facial filler injections, chemical peels, non-surgical skin tightening, treatments with natural growth factors – there are so many ways to look younger. Fractionated laser skin resurfacing is one of the most advanced, versatile, and effective among them. To find out if it’s the right choice for your cosmetic goals, schedule a free consultation at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more cosmetic skin care tips.