At LeBeau Clinic, we make it easier to improve the visible signs of aging with specialized aesthetic options and tailored treatment plans to fit your schedule. One way to achieve your desired results is through laser resurfacing with our Sciton Laser. Here are some frequently asked questions about laser resurfacing at LeBeau Clinic:
What areas of the body can be treated?
The most commonly treated areas are the face and neck. Many other areas such as the chest and hands can also be treated. Sometimes laser resurfacing treatments are combined with traditional plastic surgery procedures to improve results.
What will happen during the procedure?
Your skin will be cleaned in the treatment area and your eyes will be protected with safety shields. A laser will be positioned over the skin while a computer-guided scanner moves the laser beam in the designated treatment area. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the procedure usually lasts 15-30 minutes.
Will it be uncomfortable?
The comfort level of laser resurfacing treatments varies from patient to patient and depends largely on the depth of treatment. For shallow treatments, the procedure is well tolerated with the use of a topical anesthetic. For deeper treatments, a local anesthetic may be more suitable.
What should I expect immediately after the treatment?
Immediately following the treatment, you may experience redness and a sensation resembling a sunburn. Swelling may also occur in the treated areas. We will advise you on specific after-treatment care recommendations, which may include an application of an ointment to keep the skin hydrated.
How long will it take to recover?
Complete healing will depend largely on the depth of treatment. Healing times for shallow treatments are typically 2-4 days before you may resume normal activities. For deeper treatments, we will discuss realistic expectations for recovery time.
What after care do I need?
You may be provided with a sample of skin care products and instructions on how to use them after a resurfacing treatment. Your skin will be sensitive to ultra-violet light after a treatment, so you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. It is highly recommended that you always use some level of sun protection to avoid sun damage and premature aging of your skin.
When should I expect results?
Depending on your treatment, the top layer of your skin will re-grow and can be covered with makeup in about one week, at which time you will see noticeable improvements in your skin’s texture, tone and wrinkle appearance. Deeper laser treatments also stimulate the growth of new collagen over the next 4 to 6 months. During this time, the skin may show increasing improvements in tightness and resilience.