Laser Skin Rejuvenation Skincare

Everything You Need to Know to Get Ready for Laser Skin Resurfacing

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Everyone wants that dewy, airbrushed look made popular by Instagram influencers. But what can you do about real-life interactions when your filters can’t save you?

If your answer is nothing, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Laser skin resurfacing can deliver smoother, more glowing skin — no filters or expensive makeup required. Here is what you need to know, including what to do before laser skin resurfacing.

Lasers: What They Are, and How They Work

When you think of lasers, you likely think about science fiction films. But laser technology isn’t far off in the future — it is here, right now, ready to help transform your look. And don’t worry, it isn’t as intense or scary as it is in the movies.

Lasers harness the power of light and heat to correct skin tone, texture and coloration. This creates a controlled micro-injury to the tissue. That might not sound ideal, but what this does is stimulate a healing response in the tissue, helping it rejuvenate, and as a result, look younger.

Lasers are more than just a cool aspect of science-fiction battle scenes, they are a way to improve your appearance.

Your Provider’s Qualifications

When choosing laser skin treatments make sure your potential provider is a licensed and trained laser technician. It is important to note that just because something is legal doesn’t mean it is safe. So, you want a provider to be as highly trained and experienced as possible. Look for board-certified laser technicians to ensure your health and safety.

Who the Experts Are

Your laser technician understands the ins and outs of laser treatment. While reading articles and researching online can make you feel a certain brand of laser is better than others, or that certain settings are right for you, be sure to go in with an open mind. Often, the best results come from a delicate combination of lasers and wavelengths.

What Questions You Have

Part of how to prep for laser skin resurfacing treatments is getting those questions out of your head and onto paper. This ensures you do not forget the questions that are most important to you when you have your consultation. It is easy to let things slip as you are overwhelmed with information and before and after photos.

If Your Skin Tone Is Laser Safe

Not all skin tones will respond to lasers in the same manner. Your laser technician should use the Fitzpatrick scale — a well-known system for classifying human skin color — to determine how your skin is likely to respond to ultraviolet light.

The darker your skin tone, the higher the risk of laser treatment increasing blotchiness rather than resolving it. While it is possible to use lasers on most any skin tone, those with more melanin need to work with providers who experienced in working with darker skin tones.

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