Laser Resurfacing for Age Spots - Laser 360

Ablative laser resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure, which involves using heat laser to remove the thin layers of the skin to reveal and expose more new looking skin. This technique, also known as ‘laser peeling’ is a great choice for dealing with age spots and wrinkles.

Why opt for laser resurfacing for age spots?

Ablative laser resurfacing not only works in removing the upper layers of the skin, but also works for collagen production by heating the underneath layers. This is a big reason behind the popularity of the procedure, especially when signs of aging starts showing up.

What are the Risks?

As with many cosmetic procedures, there are a few risks with the laser resurfacing, which can be reduced when an experienced and trained doctor is working on the case. The risks include

  • Pain and swelling
  • Bleeding and crusting
  • Skin discoloration
  • Bacterial infection

What are the estimated costs?

Laser resurfacing is a considered as a cosmetic procedure, and hence, the costs are not covered by insurance companies, except for cases where the procedure is done for removal of cancerous growth and modifying scars. Size and location of the treated area largely determines the costs, and your doctor can explain this the best.

Things that matter prior to the procedure

Typically, the doctor will review the medical history of the patient and suggest a physical exam. Some of the common things are discussed by the doctor along with risks and expectations. Patients should follow the below steps.

  • Mention any vulnerability to cold sores and blisters, which may be triggered by the procedure.
  • Avoid medicines that can interfere with clotting, including aspirin and Vitamin E.
  • Stop smoking before and after the procedure, for at least two weeks.

Things to expect after the procedure

The following steps may be suggested, and the patients must ensure the aftercare is well done.

  • The treated area must be cleaned after first 24 hours.
  • The treatment area should be cleared for three to five times for the next few weeks
  • An ointment must be used to avoid scabs, as suggested by the doctor.

After effects of the procedure

There may be a few effects on the treated area, such as

  • Swelling, which may last up to 48 hours
  • Stinging sensations, which may last for 72 hours
  • The skin will eventually peel off after five to seven days

Healing usually takes around 10 to 21 days, depending on many factors. After the treatment area is well healed, the patients should follow the below instructions.

  1. Only stick to only oil-free makeup for at least two months
  2. Avoid sun exposure on the treated area. Use of sunscreen is advisable.
  3. Keep skin moisturized at all times