Laser Treatments In Austin
Skin resurfacing laser treatments can improve the appearance of aging or sun damaged skin, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, vascular issues and uneven pigment.
Laser skin treatments employ focused beams of light energy to counteract the effects on the aging while promoting the growth of healthy tissue. Resurfacing laser treatments are safe, require little downtime and provide amazing results.
Your laser treatment will be performed by a trained, qualified laser professional who is experienced in all of our laser platforms, so you can feel confident knowing you're getting a safe, effective treatment.
Reasons for Laser Resurfacing
Our clients seek laser resurfacing for a variety of reasons, all related to discontent with their appearance. Laser resurfacing may be performed for any of the following reasons:
- To decrease or eliminate wrinkles or stretchmarks
- To diminish the appearance of scars
- To rejuvenate non-responsive skin after a facelift
- To remove age spots
- To repair sun-damaged skin
- To improve skin tone due to melasma or other causes
- To decrease the size of enlarged pores
Types of Laser Resurfacing
We offer the following laser and skin resurfacing options at 512skincare. Take a look and see which treatments appeal to you. We'll help narrow down your choices at your personal consultation:
Treats age spots, discoloration, and visible pores with little to no downtime
ProFractional Laser Resurfacing:
Safe, customizable reduction of wrinkles, scars, and sun damage for full rejuvenation
Total skin skin rejuvenation for the time-crunched client
The Laser Resurfacing Procedure
Laser treatments for skin conditions are typically performed in the doctor‘s office with topical anesthesia. Procedures typically take between 30 and 90 minutes to perform, depending on the size and location of the treated area. While some individuals will notice significant results after just one treatment, particularly with ablative procedures, many patients will require multiple sessions in order to achieve the desired results. It is also possible that additional touch-up treatments will be needed at a future date.
Risks of Laser Resurfacing
Although laser skin treatment is considered safe for most patients and is typically performed with no long-term complications, there are certain risks associated with any type of medical procedure. While considered rare, risks may include:
- Pigmentation changes
- Milia, tiny white bumps on the skin
Recovery from Laser Resurfacing
Recovery from laser resurfacing procedures varies according to the particular procedure undergone and the individual patient‘s skin type. In all cases, however, patients who have undergone these treatments should avoid sun exposure wherever possible.
Recovery from Non-ablative Laser Resurfacing
After treatment, patients may experience redness and peeling at the treated site as the skin heals. The duration of these side effects varies, but is commonly several days. Ice packs may ease discomfort and improve appearance. Normal activities can be resumed during healing, and makeup may be applied to camouflage any unwanted, evidence of treatment.
Recovery from Ablative Laser Resurfacing
After ablative laser resurfacing, the treated skin will temporarily be raw, swollen and itchy and the yellowish liquid that oozes from treated areas may form crusts. After treatment, a thick ointment, such as petroleum jelly, and a watertight dressing will be applied to the affected area. If treatment has been performed on the face, the patient may be instructed to keep the head elevated during the night. Ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers may be recommended for symptom relief. To help avoid scarring, patients are instructed not to pick at crusts or pieces of skin. Visible healing may take a week or two.
While recovering from ablative laser resurfacing, patients are instructed to avoid strenuous activities and to clean the treated area regularly with water, saline or dilute acetic acid in order to assist in debriding the site. Some patients may prefer to remain at home until healing is well underway. Once new skin covers the treated area, cosmetics may be applied to conceal any residual redness which may persist for a few months. When healing is complete, the skin‘s appearance will be dramatically improved in tone, texture and tightness.