Laser skin rejuvenation is a very effective non-surgical treatment for issues such as wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and blemishes. It's also perfectly safe, but like most other cosmetic procedures it isn't something to take lightly. You need to be fully prepared for the procedure before you begin.
Here are 5 questions to ask yourself before getting laser skin rejuvenation:
1. What Medications Are You On?
Certain medications can interfere with laser skin treatments. Prescription medications like Accutane can increase your risk of scarring. Even simple over the counter products such as aspirin can have an impact on how your treatment progresses. You need to be fully upfront with your doctor regarding what medications you take — don't leave out any details. That way they can better inform you of the potential interactions and let you know what medications you'll need to discontinue prior to treatment.
2. Are You Prepared To Have Multiple Treatments?
Laser skin rejuvenation is not a one and done deal. In most cases, multiple treatments are required to achieve the best results. In between treatments you will need some downtime to rest and allow your skin to heal. You need to be prepared to commit to having treatments every few weeks. If you can't do this, then this may not be the right treatment for you.
3. Are You Prepared For Recovery?
Laser skin treatments are non-surgical so the recovery period is often short and easy, but there are still some things you need to be prepared for. Your skin will likely be raw and for the first week or two after treatment depending on your skin type. That means you'll need to avoid too much sun exposure and limit your time in the water. You may also feel uncomfortable in certain social situations while your skin is still recovering.
4. Are You Aware Of The Potential Risks?
Overall, laser skin rejuvenation is a safe and effective treatment. There are, however, some risks. These are risks that are common to most any cosmetic skin procedure and include:
Although serious side effects are rare, you should still be aware of the potential before you undergo your treatment. Make sure you ask your doctor to go over these with you. He will be able to explain the risks in detail and tell you whether you are at a heightened risk for any of these side effects.
5. Are Your Expectations Realistic?
Laser skin treatments are not magic. They are great at concealing many of the issues that result from aging, but they can't fully reverse the aging process. In addition to this, everyone's skin responds differently to laser treatments. There is no way to predict exactly what results you'll get before having the procedure. Most patients who go in with realistic expectations are perfectly satisfied, but if you expect your treatment to make you look 40 years younger you may end up disappointed.
Hopefully these questions have given you a better idea of what to expect from your laser rejuvenation. Taking the time to reflect on them will ensure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possible. Looking for an experienced cosmetic surgeon to perform your laser skin rejuvenation? Please, don't hesitate to contact us today at the Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery.