Laser Facial

Pesky brown spots may present themselves on the canvas of your face due to sun damage and fine lines, but that doesn't mean you have to allow them to stay there. These bad spots can be addressed by laser facial, but this type of facial may not feel as relaxing as the typical spa facial backed with facial massage and soothing creams. The benefit is that a laser has the potential to deliver real results.

Types of Lasers

A dermatologist or a skin care specialist will select the right laser for your skin, depending on your need of skin. Non-ablative lasers work to address skin imperfections without causing a lot of damage to the skin's surface. On the other hand, ablative lasers, work to address imperfections, but are more aggressive. Much like a surgery, ablative lasers may require downtime, whereas, non-ablative lasers, don't require any downtime.

Seeing Results

Whether non-ablative or ablative lasers, before seeing results patience will be needed. In case of non-ablative lasers, changes will take few weeks, as these types of lasers slowly bring imperfections, such as brown spots, to the surface of the skin. After being treated with an ablative laser skin will require healing. More than one treatment may be necessary, whether non-ablative or ablative types, to achieve desired results.

Laser Facial Process

A dermatologist or a skin care specialist will cleanse your face, before moving ahead with any process. Pads or special sunglasses are used to cover your eyes that will prevent the laser from damaging your eyes. Also, before applying the laser, a numbing cream will be applied to your skin. Sedation may be recommended, if you are receiving ablative laser treatment on your entire face.

Skin Changes

A non-ablative laser does not removes layers of skin, whereas an ablative laser does. Both types of lasers damage collagen. This thing may sound a bit bad, but the process of damaging collagen sends your skin the message to repair itself by building new collagen. Skin will appear healthier and fresher, with formation of new collagen. The skin may also appear tighter and more rejuvenated.

Follow-Up Care

Your skin will be in need of lots of rest and relaxation, after receiving an ablative laser treatment facial. The skin may look and feel raw, sore and itchy. During the healing process, crusts may form on the skin. At this time, it's important not to pick as it could cause scarring. Well your doctor will provide you an ointment. Elevating your head at night may aid in the healing process. After receving a non-ablative laser facial, your skin may be a bit red and slightly swollen, but applying makeup and going back to work will all be within reason.