Top 4 Things You Should Know About Laser Skin Resurfacing

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Cynthia M. Poulos, M.D.

One of the most proven ways to reduce wrinkles, age spots and acne scars is to undergo a laser skin resurfacing. This procedure will balance your tone and give your skin a more youthful appearance. Lasers are effective at doing this because of their precision accuracy.

It is good to be informed about these procedures before booking an appointment, so here are 4 things you should know about laser skin resurfacing:

1. Timing is important: Autumn is considered to be the best time to have your skin laser-treated. This is because laser-treated skin is extra sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays and during the autumn season the days are much shorter. Regardless of the time of year, you need to always protect your skin with SPF 30 or above when you go outside in the months following a laser skin resurfacing.

2. Having a darker skin tone doesn’t mean you aren’t eligible for laser resurfacing: It is a common misconception that laser resurfacing treatments are only for those with lighter skin tones. While there is some truth in that some lasers can pose a threat to certain darker shades of skin, there are a lot of different lasers out there that work for darker skin tones.

3. Be upfront and honest about your medical history: Certain types of medications and condition can affect how your skin reacts to laser resurfacing, this means you should always be upfront and honest about your medical history with your doctor.

4. Plan on having to undergo a few treatments: There are instances where you may only need one laser resurfacing treatment to solve your skin issues, but in most cases it will take having multiple treatments to clear up your skin the way you want it to.