Laser skin resurfacing is a treatment that removes the top layers of your skin to improve skin texture and tone. Laser resurfacing can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and it is also a good for treating pigmentation disorders, such as sun damage and age spots.
During the laser resurfacing procedure, an intense beam of light energy (laser) is directed at the treatment area which destroys the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and at the same time heats the underlying skin (dermis) to stimulate the growth of new collagen fibres. As the wound heals, new skin forms that is smoother and tighter.
Laser skin resurfacing allows to treat delicate facial areas (such as those around your eyes and lips) very precisely as the laser gives them more control over the penetration of the skin than some other resurfacing treatments, such as chemical peels and dermabrasion.
What Are the Risks and Complications with Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is normally safe when performed by a qualified, experienced therapist. Ensure that you follow all the advice that your laser resurfacing therapist gives you, to minimize the possibility of experiencing some of the more serious risks and complications. As with any procedure, patients undergoing laser skin treatment may experience certain side effects and complications. Most of these are temporary, though some may turn out to be permanent. Common laser skin resurfacing side effects include:
- Redness and irritation
- Burning sensation
- Easy flushing
Though the majority of laser resurfacing procedures are successful, laser skin resurfacing risks and complications may include:
- Pigmentary changes, such as hyper pigmentation or skin lightening
- Excessively deep penetration causing an injury that the skin cannot repair
- Skin burns
- Textural changes
- Skin surface irregularities
To reduce the risks involved in this procedure, carefully follow all of your laser skin resurfacing therapist’s instructions, both before and after the laser facial procedure.