About Laser Facials
Our laser facials are non-ablative and can reduce visible facial vessels, diffuse redness, minor acne scarring, rosacea, and sun damage. We often perform the facial as an adjunct treatment to stimulate collagen.
Laser facials have been FDA cleared to reduce wrinkles by gently warming the upper dermis, thus improving the appearance of skin. The result gives a healthy-looking and vibrant appearance. This treatment is usually performed without topical anesthetic. The most common areas treated with this laser are the face, neck, and chest. Some conditions require more treatments. It is important for the clinician to have a clear understanding of your expectations to make sure they are realistic with this type of procedure.
Our Laser Facial is a fairly comfortable laser treatment. The laser head is attached to a cooling unit so that the surface of the skin is cooled at the time the treatment is being rendered. Typically, patients describe the treatment as gentle warming of the skin’s surface.
What to Expect During Laser Facials?
Makeup, moisturizers, and sunscreens will be removed. In some cases, the area being treated may be shaved so as not to interfere with the laser treatment. Numbing creams are normally not used during this procedure. The treatment is fairly comfortable. After the laser treatment, hydrocortisone, moisturizer, and/or sunscreen may be applied.
Side Effects of a Laser Facial Treatment
Although most patients report few, if any, side effects, the most commonly noticed might be a slight redness that disappears within a few hours after the laser treatment.
As with any laser treatment, sun exposure must be limited prior to and after the treatment. Discontinue the use of strong topical skincare products, i.e., Retin A, glycolic acid, lactic acid, etc., 2 days prior to the treatment.
Avoid sun exposure. If you are in the sun, make sure to apply sunscreen. Do not use strong topical skincare products for approximately 5 days after treatment. Keep the area treated with the laser clean and moist.