When it comes to cosmetic procedures, there are many misconceptions that cause confusion for individuals who stand to benefit from treatment. This is especially true for laser skin resurfacing, a popular cosmetic procedure that uses advanced laser technology to improve the texture, tone, and appearance of the skin. With so many different opinions and sources of information available, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. In this blog post, we will address some of the most common misconceptions about laser skin resurfacing and give you the accurate information you need to help you make an informed decision about this procedure.

Claim 1: Laser Skin Resurfacing is Only for Women.

ANSWER: Fiction.

THE FACTS: Men and women alike can benefit from laser skin resurfacing treatments as it helps to reduce the signs of aging, improve texture and tone, and provide clearer skin. It is worth noting that while cosmetic procedures have traditionally been more associated with women, the tide is turning, and more men are seeking out aesthetic treatments to enhance their appearance. Men are just as likely as women to experience skin damage due to factors such as sun exposure, aging, and environmental toxins. Laser skin resurfacing can benefit anyone seeking to improve their skin health.

Claim 2: Laser Skin Resurfacing Only Works on Fine Lines and Wrinkles.

ANSWER: Fiction.

THE FACTS: Laser skin resurfacing can effectively treat a variety of other skin concerns, including acne scars, hyperpigmentation, age spots, vascular lesions, and uneven skin texture. The treatment can also be customized to meet the specific needs of each patient, making it a versatile option for people with a wide range of skin care needs.

Claim 3: Laser Skin Resurfacing is No Better than At-Home Skin Creams and Peels.

ANSWER: Fiction.

THE FACTS: While at-home treatments can provide some level of improvement, they are not as effective as laser skin resurfacing treatments. Laser skin resurfacing treatments are more powerful and provide more dramatic and immediate results compared to creams and peels. The lasers used for skin resurfacing are advanced medical grade technology that can penetrate deeply into the skin, with extensive allowances for customized treatment of all skin types.

Claim 4: Laser Skin Resurfacing is Really Painful.

ANSWER: Fiction.

THE FACTS: This treatment is generally not a painful procedure. While some patients may experience discomfort during treatment, the advanced techniques, cooling devices, and local anesthetics used have made the treatment more comfortable than ever before. Some patients experience no discomfort, while others report that it feels like a rubber band snapping against their skin. After the treatment, there may be minor discomfort in the treated area; this can easily be alleviated by over-the-counter pain medications and will subside within a few days. Laser skin resurfacing is safe and effective, and patients can expect to experience only mild to moderate discomfort during and after the procedure.

Claim 5: Laser Skin Resurfacing is Only Suitable for Fair-Skinned Patients.

ANSWER: Fiction.

THE FACTS: While certain types of lasers may be more effective on lighter skin tones, modern laser technology has advanced to the point where laser treatment can be performed on all skin types and tones—including dark skin! As long as your plastic surgeon has determined that you are a good candidate for this treatment, laser skin resurfacing can be done regardless of your skin type or color. Successful laser skin resurfacing for darker skin tones depends on selecting the right laser and using the appropriate techniques. This treatment can be customized to match your skin tone and skin care needs.

Claim 6: Laser Skin Resurfacing Results Last Forever.

ANSWER: Fiction.

THE FACTS: No aesthetic procedure has results that last forever, because the effects of age, gravity, lifestyle choices, genetics, and environmental toxins are unavoidable. That said, laser skin resurfacing can yield dramatic results that, coupled with good skin care choices at home, may last for several years before new signs of aging appear. Laser skin resurfacing treatments may need to be repeated over time to maintain your desired results. The extent and length of improvements to the skin will depend heavily on lifestyle choices, such as limiting sun exposure, avoiding irritants like smoking, and protecting the skin. A healthy lifestyle with good skin care habits can help to postpone skin damage and maintain your results for longer.

Claim 7: Laser Skin Resurfacing is Only for the Face.

ANSWER: Fiction.

THE FACTS: Laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat not just the face, but also other parts of the body such as the scalp, neck, decolletage (upper chest area), hands, and arms. The type of laser used and the techniques employed may vary depending on the area of the body being treated. Laser skin resurfacing should always be tailored to the individual patient’s needs and concerns. Your plastic surgeon will determine the best laser and technique for your unique concerns, skin type, and desired treatment area.

We hope that this information has been helpful in dispelling these common misconceptions about laser skin resurfacing. Laser skin resurfacing is a safe and effective treatment option for a variety of common skin concerns, and individuals should feel empowered to make informed decisions about their cosmetic needs. It is important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon about any questions you may have before seeking any kind of treatment. With the right care, laser skin resurfacing can provide long-lasting results that transform your complexion, giving you the smoother, more youthful-looking skin you desire.

Dr. Stephenie Poris offers a wide range of laser resurfacing techniques using the latest skin resurfacing technology. She will customize the treatment precisely to your needs to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. To book your appointment with Dr. Poris, call (407) 558-1616 or contact us online today.