Your skin goes through a lot in your daily life. It gets scratched, exposed to the elements, develop spots, or simply go through the effects of aging. The ideal is to have smooth, unblemished skin, but this is something that can be very elusive for many. Thankfully, there are procedures like CO2 laser resurfacing to help with that. Tijuana skincare centers like Baja MediSpa offer these and more as part of their skincare programs. If you’re thinking of undergoing the procedure, here are some information you need to know.
Why Would You Want It Done?
Laser resurfacing should be considered to correct superficial skin flaws, such as wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and mouth; scarring from smallpox or acne; and sun damage. Additionally, it may also be used to remove warts and birthmarks. Laser resurfacing can also act as cleanup for facelifts, as some areas on non-responsive skin can be removed through this method. However, you should be also aware the laser resurfacing may not work if you currently have active acne, very dark skin, or a history of abnormal scarring.
How It Works
Laser resurfacing is actually similar to traditional skin abrasion methods, such as dermabrasion and chemical peels. While these older methods make use of chemicals to remove skin layers, laser resurfacing uses a CO2 laser, or less popularly, erbium laser, to get the desired results. The first step is for the specialist to mark the area that needs treatment. An anesthetic is then applied. The main part of the process involves using lasers to send out pulses of high-energy light into the skin. The light turns to heat, which then vaporizes the outer layer of your skin.
Laser resurfacing is very precise, reaching only the areas the light is targeted on. This leaves the rest of the skin unaffected, with minimal risk of getting damaged. While the treatment is often used for the face, it can also treat other areas, except the neck, hands, and chest, where the skin heals differently. The pulses may cause minor stinging or burning pain, and in some cases, minor bleeding. This is treated quickly after the treatment.
Your skin will be quite tender after your treatment. Applying cold packs and taking painkillers will get you through most of it. Proper care after the treatment is important to get the best results. You’ll need to rinse the skin regularly and, perhaps, apply a topical medication to encourage healing. Plus, avoid sun exposure since new skin is susceptible to sun damage. With expert care, you can be sure to show off your new unblemished skin in no time.
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