Wrinkles are a pain. They make us appear older than we are and can be damaging to our self-esteem. Skin resurfacing treatments allow you to get back the youthful glow you once had and give your skin a tighter look and more even tone. If you’re thinking about booking an appointment for skin resurfacing or have already done so there are five things you should know.

Things To Know Before Your Skin Resurfacing Appointment

  1. It is not a very painful procedure

    The sensation experienced during skin resurfacing is akin to a rubber band snapping against your wrist. It’s uncomfortable but it’s not unbearable. Depending on your tolerance for pain, you may not be bothered at all. You may receive local anesthetic injections or intravenous sedation to keep you comfortable if your treatments involve removing outer layers of skin.

  2. You may need multiple treatments

    We don’t all respond to skin resurfacing in the same way, so some of us may only need a single treatment, while others require repeat visits. All the same, the results of skin resurfacing treatments are long-lasting whether you require multiple visits or just one.

  3. Having dark skin isn’t a deterrent

    Many people with darker skin shy away from skin resurfacing treatments, but they don’t need to. Light and dark skin can be treated with resurfacing. There are different types of resurfacing treatments available for all skin colours and your doctor will be able to find the right one for you.

  4. There are different kinds of lasers used

    When it comes to laser skin resurfacing, it’s not as simple as a zap or two to remove wrinkles. There are several lasers used that target different skin problems:

    • CO2 Lasers are used to treat scarring, warts, wrinkles and flaws that lie deep down in the skin.
    • Erbium Lasers are used to promote collagen growth and treat fine lines, age spots and laxity.
    • Pulsed-Dye Lasers heat the skin and can absorb the pigments that cause redness, reduce hyperpigmentation, treat rosacea and heal broken capillaries.
    • Fractional Lasers are used to treat only a fraction of the skin’s area – hence their name – and are best used to deal with age-related blotches.
    • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) aren’t lasers precisely, but they are used to deal with sun damage, acne, hyperpigmentation and rosacea.
  5. Medications can affect the skin

    Certain medications and supplements can hinder your skin resurfacing results by impeding healing, causing scarring and in severe cases bleeding. Diabetes and other chronic conditions can also impede healing so you must be honest with your doctor and fully disclose your medical history before your treatment. It doesn’t mean that you cannot have the treatment, but it may mean you have to wait a few weeks until whatever medication you’re taking is out of your system.

Skin resurfacing is effective and doesn’t require a lot of downtime to heal (depending on your skin, it usually takes one to three weeks). Most importantly, make sure that the person performing your procedure is a highly skilled, trained, certified surgeon.

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