How is ablative laser resurfacing different that non-ablative laser resurfacing?
Ablative laser resurfacing uses light to eliminate the upper layer of your skin and stimulate the lower lawyers. Non-ablative laser skin treatments leaves the skin intact and only stimulates your skin to produce more collagen. Although ablative laser resurfacing involves more discomfort and longer recovery times, the results are more apparent and longer-lasting. Speak with your doctor about which treatment may be right for you.
Does laser resurfacing hurt? What is the recovery process like?
The skin being treated will be numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure begins. Depending on the depth, intensity, and extent of the treatment, some patients will feel discomfort during the recovery process. Swelling, itching, and stinging are common in the hours and days after a treatment. Your medical team will work with you to treat these symptoms and keep you as comfortable as possible during your recovery. Most patients recover fully in two to three weeks, though the final results of the treatment may not be apparent for several months.
How much does laser resurfacing cost? Will my insurance cover any part of the bill?
Because laser resurfacing is usually done for solely cosmetic reasons, insurance companies do not often cover the cost of this procedure. However, there may be some exceptions. To fully understand your coverage, read your policy and speak with your insurance company. We can also help answer any questions you may have about health insurance. The cost of laser resurfacing depends upon a number of factors, including the type of laser treatment, the size of the area being treated, and where you are being treated. Your doctor can discuss the cost of the treatment that is right for you at your private consultation.
What are the risks and complications associated with laser resurfacing
Ablative laser resurfacing, like most medical procedures, does involve some measure of risk – and these risks differ slightly from risks associated with more traditional skin treatments. While complications are rare, some patients in the past have been affected by laser burns, scarring, skin lightening, and infection. Note that patients who suffer from cold sores may be prone to an outbreak after a laser treatment.
How long will the effects of laser resurfacing last?
The results of laser skin resurfacing vary from person to person – from the initial effect of the treatment to how long the treatment lasts. Your results will also depend upon how aggressive your treatment plan is. However, the majority of patients report seeing improvements for a number of years – with some permanent improvements. You can lengthen the amount of time your skin is improved by your treatments by following your doctor’s directives involving daily care and lifestyle, such as not smoking, wearing sunscreen, and following a healthy diet.