Laser skin resurfacing is one of the most efficient ways to rejuvenate the skin and treat a host of concerns and imperfections without surgery. Whether you are experiencing the early signs of aging or have persistent issues from your acne-prone skin of your teen years, this treatment can help you achieve a clearer, more beautiful complexion. Before you schedule your laser skin resurfacing procedure, there are a few basic facts you should know.
What will it treat?
Laser skin resurfacing using the UltraPulse Encore laser by Lumenis is a versatile treatment that can address a variety of skin issues. Some of the most popular reasons for undergoing this procedure include:
- Fine lines and deeper creases
- Mild skin laxity and the early formation of jowls along the jawline
- Age spots and other types of hyperpigmentation
- Shallow scarring due to chickenpox, burns or acne
- Enlarged pores
- Benign skin growths and lesions
- Uneven skin texture and tone
Before you undergo a laser treatment, Dr. Lensink will meet with you to assess your individual concerns and discuss your aesthetic goals. From this initial consultation, he will be able to determine whether laser skin resurfacing is the best choice for you.
How does it work?
The reason laser skin rejuvenation and resurfacing can address such a wide range of skin problems lies in its ability to deliver heat energy into the precise dermal layers where it is needed most. In some cases, this means the outermost skin layers are removed, revealing softer, smoother skin underneath. Known as an ablative laser procedure, this treatment can be tailored to the precise depth necessary to achieve the desired results.
In other situations, the laser energy is delivered deeper into the skin’s structure in narrow columns, stimulating cell regeneration while leaving surrounding skin and tissue untouched. This is referred to as a fractional laser treatment, which is able to produce dramatic results with minimal discomfort and downtime compared to what a deep ablative treatment might involve.
What are my options?
The UltraPulse Encore features three different treatments in a single, convenient device:
This light treatment is an excellent choice for treating fine lines and brown spots with minimal recovery time involved. The procedure penetrates just beneath the skin’s surface to address superficial concerns and produce a smoother, more even skin texture. After an ActiveFX treatment, you might notice your skin is red and small scabs may develop in the treatment area for a short period. Most of our patients can meet their cosmetic goals in just one or two treatment sessions.
This in-depth treatment offers dramatic results on even more severe skin problems, such as significant facial creases or scarring. Despite its ability to go deeper into the dermal layers, downtime after this procedure is still minimal. Patients may experience mild swelling and crusting for the first few days after treatment and skin redness for a week or possibly longer. When the skin fully heals, results will be long-lasting even after a single treatment session.
With TotalFX, you get the best of both worlds, with ActiveFX technology in the areas that require less correction and DeepFX where you need more significant treatment. Downtime for this procedure varies, with patients seeing longer recovery times when more DeepFX is used.
Laser treatments are an excellent way to refresh your complexion, turn back the clock and treat a variety of skin imperfections. By understanding the basic facts about how laser skin resurfacing works, you will be in a better position to discuss your precise needs and determine the right procedure for you. To learn more about this treatment, contact Dr. Lensink’s office at 530-229-7700.