What are the Benefits of Laser Skin Therapy? By Joseph M. Brown, MD, FACS on June 22, 2020

Our skin puts up with a lot. Polluted air, UV light, dehydration, layers of make-up, and the constant stress of living in a fast-paced society are constantly competing with your skincare routine for dominance. The result is that even the most meticulous people may start to notice signs of damaged or aging skin. It may present as redness, dark spots, acne scars, or even the onset of fine lines. However, that doesn’t mean you should just give up. You could reap the benefits of laser skin therapy.

You should definitely continue your skincare routine. Talk to your dermatologist about what changes you may need to make in your routine to address your new symptoms. The occasional professional facial with well-chosen chemical peels can help, but those who are looking to set the clock back a little may need to discuss their options with a certified plastic surgeon.

There are surgical options you may consider if you’re mostly concerned about fine lines and wrinkles. Still, laser resurfacing is your best bet if you are looking to address uneven textures and discoloration in addition to fine lines. Now, there are a lot of options for laser treatment. Their effects and downtime vary widely, but the best choice for most people looking for a transformative experience with minimal downtime is fractional laser treatment.

What is Fractional Laser Treatment?

Fractional laser treatment is different from other laser treatment methods in terms of its technique. Most laser treatments unilaterally remove the top layers of skin with little differentiation. You can choose mild treatments to cut down on discomfort and recovery time, but your results will not be as noticeable. You can also choose more intensive treatments that will require you to treat your skin gently for months at a time.

Fractional laser treatment toes this line between comfort and results by using a microscopic matrix to space out treated cells. Laser resurfacing works by removing layers of dead and damaged skin, but leaving some cells untouched allows your body to heal the newly exposed cells more efficiently. As a result, your skin will heal faster and have much better results than another form of laser skin therapy with a comparable recovery period.

What Should I Expect from Fractional Laser Treatment?

At Tampa Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, your comfort is paramount. During the consultation, Dr. Joseph Brown will ask you about your goals and help you to determine what procedure is best for you. If you agree that fractional laser treatment best suits your needs, you will need to make an appointment for treatment.

You will be in and out on the same day, but you should arrange to have someone drive you to and from the appointment just in case you’re experiencing any discomfort or lasting numbness after the procedure. Although the face is undoubtedly a popular option, fractional laser treatment can be used on your chest, hands, and other regions regularly damaged by the environment. Whichever area you have decided to treat will be cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic. The whole procedure will take 20-30 minutes.

You may experience some discomfort during the procedure, but in a minimal amount. If you have concern about the possibility of pain, then discuss what over-the-counter pain medications you can safely use after treatment. Your total recovery time will be about two weeks.

Protecting the treated area from sunlight and following your surgeon’s directions are critical during this period. After surgery care will deeply affect your results. If you meticulously stick to guidelines, you will see complete benefits of laser skin therapy in a couple weeks. Each day your skin improves as new skin cells replaced the removed layers.

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Plastic Surgery

A board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Joseph M. Brown strives to provide patients with transformative, yet natural results in a safe and comfortable environment. When you choose him as your provider, he will develop a patient-doctor relationship based on honesty, trust, and a clear understanding of a common goal. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Florida Medical Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons

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