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Regardless of how well you care for your skin, time and the environment can harm it. Sun damage, creases, age spots, and other blemishes may make you appear older than you feel. Acne, an accident or surgery, might cause some skin injury. If you’re unhappy with your skin looks, laser skin resurfacing might be an excellent alternative.

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What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser peel or skin resurfacing is a treatment that uses lasers to improve the appearance of your skin. The laser beam removes the top layer of skin, called the epidermis. This layer is then replaced by new, healthy skin that is smoother and less wrinkled.

Whether you are bored with acne scars, want to remove wrinkles, or want to improve the colour of your skin, laser skin resurfacing might be a good option for you. This procedure can be performed with a fractional ablative or fractional non-ablative laser. Fractional lasers reduce the risk of side effects and shorten recovery time.

Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin treatment effectively reduces fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage and acne scars. Many people look years younger after undergoing this procedure. Before coming in for laser treatment, we recommend that you get rid of active acne and have some laser acne treatment

Laser skin resurfacing can also improve the overall appearance of your skin by evening out its colour. If you have patches of discoloured skin, laser skin resurfacing can help to make your skin look flawless.

Laser skin resurfacing can also help to repair damaged skin. If you have scars from acne, surgery or an injury, laser treatment might help to improve your appearance.

Laser skin resurfacing reduces the size of pores, giving patients smooth and healthy skin.

Collagen is the key to youthful skin. Laser skin resurfacing treatments stimulate collagen production. The new collagen makes the skin look firmer and more youthful.

Unlike creams and moisturizers, which improve the appearance of the skin for a short time, the results of laser skin resurfacing at Lumiskins in Toronto last for a long time. Many patients enjoy the results for years to come.

Different Types of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Lumiskins offers ablative laser resurfacing and non-ablative laser resurfacing. 

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Ablative Laser Resurfacing

Advances in laser technology have made it feasible to significantly improve the appearance of aging or sun-damaged skin. An ablative laser skin resurfacing is one of the most successful cosmetic treatments for improving aged skin, reducing wrinkles and restoring a more youthful appearance. An ablative laser skin resurfacing treatment works by destroying the top layer of skin with an intense laser beam.

Types of ablative therapy include carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, erbium laser and combined systems. During the procedure, intense wavelength light is applied to the skin, which removes the outer layers of old or sun-damaged skin. In addition, the ablative laser treatment stimulates the underlying skin layers, resulting in collagen formation and wrinkle improvement as the laser-treated skin heals, new skin, smoother and firmer, forms after the procedure.

  • Fine to moderate wrinkles
  • Liver or age spots
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Acne or chickenpox scars
  • Uneven skin tone

It is important to note that laser resurfacing will not remove deep wrinkles or excessive or sagging skin. In addition, the effect is not permanent, as wrinkles continue to appear as you age. Repeated treatments may be required.

Ablative laser resurfacing is usually performed in the office of a dermatologist-surgeon. The areas to be treated are anesthetized with a local anesthetic to reduce pain. Your face will be thoroughly cleaned before the procedure. You may also be offered a sedative to help you relax.

During the procedure, you will wear protective shields to protect your eyes. The doctor will keep your skin taut during the laser. The laser’s intense heat causes just the right amount of controlled damage to a small area of skin. This removes old or sun-damaged skin and, at the same time, stimulates the growth of healthy collagen in its place.

Ablative laser resurfacing usually takes 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the technique used and the size of the area being treated.

After laser resurfacing, an ointment and bandage are applied to your skin. For several days, your face will be covered by a bandage mask.

Your skin will look and feel like after a severe sunburn. It may be raw for two weeks after laser resurfacing, oozing, and with significant drainage. It is important not to pick or scratch the skin during healing. You will be instructed on how to care for your skin during the initial healing process.

You may experience pain, tingling, burning and itching. You can use pain medication and ice packs to ease the pain.

Stay home and avoid strenuous activity. It is important to take the antiviral medications your doctor has prescribed to reduce the chance of infection. You will need to see your doctor several times so that he or she can monitor your recovery.

It usually takes two to four weeks for the skin to heal completely. After about two weeks, new skin grows back and covers the wounds. Skin can remain pink and red for many months after the procedure; however, most patients can use makeup to hide their skin colour after about two weeks.

After laser resurfacing, it is very important to minimize excessive direct sun exposure and use proper sunscreen. Too much sun exposure can lead to permanent, uneven discoloration of the facial skin.

Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing

Non-ablative laser skin resurfacing is a less aggressive treatment that does not remove the top layer of skin. Non-ablative skin rejuvenation uses a laser to improve the appearance of wrinkles, brown spots and small scars by creating heat in the skin without traumatizing the surface. Non-ablative types include pulsed dye laser, Erbium (Er: YAG) and intense pulsed light (IPL). The heat produced by the laser promotes the production of collagen, resulting in tightened skin that looks young and healthy. 

Non-ablative lasers are often fractional, so they deliver heat to the skin through thousands of tiny, deep columns, known as microthermal treatment areas, with intermediate normal untreated skin. The fractionated approach allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire area were treated. This approach shortens the recovery period and reduces the number of complications that can occur. In most cases, multiple sessions are required.

  • Wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Pigmentation problems, such as age spots, sun spots and freckles
  • Skin texture irregularities
  • Small skin cancers ( basal cell carcinoma )

Non-ablative laser skin resurfacing is a minimally invasive procedure that is usually performed in the office of a dermatologist. The treatment area is anesthetized with a local anesthetic to reduce pain. You may also be given a sedative to help you relax.

During the procedure, you will wear protective shields to protect your eyes. The doctor will keep your skin taut during the laser. The laser produces heat that penetrates the skin and causes collagen production.

Non-ablative laser resurfacing usually takes 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the technique used and the size of the area being treated.

After non-ablative laser resurfacing, an ointment and bandage are applied to your skin. For several days your face will be covered with a bandage mask.

Your skin will look and feel like after a sunburn. It may be raw for two weeks after laser resurfacing, oozing, and with significant drainage. It is important not to scratch the skin during healing. You will be instructed to care for your skin during the initial healing process.

You may experience pain, tingling, burning and itching. You can use pain medication and ice packs to ease the pain.

Stay home and avoid strenuous activity. It is important to take the antiviral medications your doctor has prescribed to reduce the chance of infection. You will need to visit your doctor several times so that he or she can monitor your recovery.

It usually takes two to four weeks for the skin to fully heal. After about two weeks, new skin grows back and covers the wounds. Skin can remain pink and red for many months after the procedure; however, most patients can use makeup to hide their skin colour after about two weeks.

After laser resurfacing, it is important to minimize excessive direct sun exposure and use proper sunscreen. Too much sun exposure can lead to permanent, uneven discoloration of the facial skin.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Risks

Laser resurfacing can cause side effects. With the non-ablative method, side effects are milder and less likely than with ablative laser resurfacing.

Redness, swelling, itching, and pain. The treated skin may be swollen, itchy, or feel a burning sensation. The redness can be severe and persist for several months.

The use of thick creams and dressings on the face after treatment may cause acne to worsen or cause tiny white bumps (milia) to temporarily appear on the treated skin.

Laser resurfacing can lead to a viral, bacterial or fungal infection. The most common infection is an outbreak of the herpes virus, the virus that causes cold sores. The herpes virus is already present in the skin but is inactive in most cases.

Laser resurfacing may make the skin darker than it was before the treatment (hyperpigmentation) or lighter (hypopigmentation). Irreversible skin colour changes are more common in people with dark brown or black skin. Talk to your doctor about which laser resurfacing method reduces this risk.

There is a small risk of scarring with ablative laser resurfacing.

Laser resurfacing is not suitable for everyone. Your doctor may caution you against laser resurfacing if you:

  • Have taken the acne medication isotretinoin (Amnesteem) for the last year.
  • Have a connective tissue disease, autoimmune disease, or weak immune system
  • Have a history of keloid scars
  • Have had radiation therapy on your face
  • Have a history of previous laser resurfacing
  • Are you prone to cold sores or have a recent history of cold sores or herpes virus outbreaks
  • Have dark brown or black skin or are very tanned
  • Are you pregnant or nursing
  • Have a history of an everted eyelid (ectropion)
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Why Choose Us for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Lumiskins is a pioneer in the field of laser facial procedures. We have helped develop and refine various laser treatment techniques, and our perfectionism and attention to detail allow us to help patients achieve optimal results.

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FAQ

You should start to see the first results after the first treatment, but the final result may not be visible until a few months after the last treatment.

Most people require 3-5 treatments spaced 4-8 weeks apart.

The results usually last for 1-2 years, but they may vary depending on your skin type and condition.

The level of discomfort varies from person to person. Most people describe the sensation as a burning or stinging sensation. Ice packs can help to reduce discomfort.

No, laser resurfacing is not appropriate for everyone. Your doctor will help you decide if laser resurfacing is right for you.

The most common side effects of laser skin resurfacing are swelling, redness, itching, and pain. The treated skin may be swollen, itchy, or feel a burning sensation. The redness can be severe and persist for several months. Acne may worsen, or tiny white bumps (milia) may temporarily appear on the treated skin. There is a small risk of scarring with ablative laser resurfacing.

In some cases, the skin may become darker (hyperpigmentation) or lighter (hyperpigmentation). Irreversible skin colour changes are more common in people with dark brown or black skin. Talk to our specialists about which laser resurfacing method reduces this risk. Scarring is less common with non-ablative laser resurfacing.

Most people schedule laser skin resurfacing treatments for the fall or winter when they have more time to recover. Laser treatment can be done any time of year, but avoid treatment during the summer if you are outside a lot or have a job that requires you to be in the sun. You should also avoid treatment if you are pregnant or nursing.

Yes, there is a small risk of scarring and other complications. Your doctor will discuss all the risks and complications before you decide to have laser skin resurfacing treatment.

Microdermabrasion uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the skin. Laser skin resurfacing uses a laser to remove the top layer of the skin.

To maintain your results, you should avoid sun exposure, use sunscreen, and avoid rubbing or scratching the treated area. You may also need periodic treatments to maintain your results. Call Lumiskins and talk about the best way to maintain your results.

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