Laser Skin Resurfacing

July 25, 2017

HALO laser skin resurfacing technology provides patients with significant results and minimal downtime.

Laser skin resurfacing for changes associated with sun damage and aging has grown significantly in popularity. The aesthetic market has experienced a surge in this segment due to innovative technologies and their successful outcomes.

Lasers deliver energy to the treatment area at specific wavelengths and can target pigment, red areas, or water contained in tissues. The laser energy produces heat within the targeted tissue which leads to the improvement in appearance. With earlier laser devices it was necessary for patients to attend multiple sessions and the recovery time was extensive.

Recently, HALO laser skin resurfacing treatments have become the preferred technology of many physicians for the treatment of a variety of dermatological problems which include: sun damage/ dyschromia, signs of aging, enlarged pores, discoloration, fine lines on the face, poor texture, scars, and uneven skin tone. This cutting edge technology gives physicians the ability to customize treatment for each individual patient based on the desired effects. In addition, the method is safe, easy, and has less discomfort compared to older technology. As a result, patients generally require fewer prescribed treatments, and their recovery time is minimalized.

If you are considering HALO or a traditional laser skin resurfacing here is some information that will be helpful in making your decision.

Potential Side Effects from Laser Resurfacing Procedures

In some cases patients will experience temporary side effects from a laser resurfacing procedure. Potential complications commonly experienced are acute skin reactions like itchiness and redness. These occur as a result from the heat of the laser on the skin. It can take a few days for these reactions to subside.

While burns, blisters, and infections may occur with any laser resurfacing procedure, these are relatively rare with HALO, especially when utilized by an experienced physician familiar with the appropriate settings.

Most skin types can be treated with HALO. Gentler settings are used for darker skin types to minimize the risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Therefore, darker skin types often will require a higher total number of treatments for optimal results. Hypopigmentation (lighter areas) was relatively common with the earliest CO2 laser resurfacing devices in the 1990s, but this is exceedingly rare with fractionated resurfacing lasers like HALO.

Misunderstandings About Aesthetic Laser Resurfacing

  1. The stronger the laser the better.

Some people believe the myth that the redder their face is, the better the treatment. This is incorrect. Redness occurs from over- stimulation by the laser energy. Your dermatologist physician specializes in the treatment of skin and will know your dermatological tolerance. While they preform your treatment, the physician is paying close attention to how your skin is reacting and will determine the depth and energy level of treatment for each session. Treatments are usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart.

  1. Why do I need more than one treatment?

Deeper pigment is more stubborn and will require more time to treat while superficial pigment can be removed by the laser more easily. Your physician can educate you on your pigmentation and help you understand what to expect for a prescribed treatment.

  1. Should I avoid the sun while I am undergoing resurfacing treatment?

Although daily sun protection is advised in general, sun protection is critical one month before and during the days of recovery after treatment. Strict daily application of zinc containing sunscreen, sun avoidance, or physical barrier protection during these periods will help minimize the risk of postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).

  1. Lasers will cause my skin to thin.

This is incorrect. Today’s lasers do not have the ability to cut or burn layers of skin. In many cases, today’s technologies actually generate skin growth through the production of new collagen and will cause the skin to feel more firm!

AboutSkin Dermatology provides many laser skin resurfacing solutions. Our experienced physicians and supportive staff are here to help answer questions and guide you to the best option for your skin. Call us and schedule your appointment today!