Laser skin restoration has proven to be an effective method for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, and other skin conditions that people find undesirable. When performed by a cosmetic surgeon who has had plenty of experience with the equipment, the treatment is rather harmless for most patients. This is especially true when administering non-ablative lasers, which don’t burn off the outer layer of skin. Regardless, as with any type of procedure you’re considering, it’s important to do the proper research and learn about any potential risks or side effects.
Pain Associated With Laser Skin Restoration
For most patients, there is no pain associated with non-ablative laser skin restoration. The most that is felt is a temporary tingling sensation. Therefore, it is not necessary to use a numbing cream or anesthetic.
Potential Side Effects and Safety Concerns
Because non-ablative lasers are minimally invasive, patients rarely experience side effects. However, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t the potential for problems to arise, because all patients are different. Some of the risks linked to laser skin restoration include:
- Infection: Treatment can activate the herpes virus when it is already present in a patient’s system.
- Changes in skin pigmentation: Skin discoloration may occur in patients with darker skin color.
- Blistering or scarring: There is a slight chance for blisters or scars to appear.
- Mild redness or swelling: This will look similar to a sunburn and should only last from a few hours up to a couple days.
In addition, patients may be advised against receiving treatment if they are pregnant or breastfeeding, have diabetes or a weakened immune system, have a history of radiation therapy on the face, have taken particular acne medications within a certain time period, or have a history of scar tissue overgrowth.
At the Skin and Vein Center, we will go over any safety concerns you may have about laser skin restoration so you can make an informed decision on whether or not this treatment is right for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.