About a Laser Facial
A LaserFACIAL is a non-ablative procedure that 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.
It has been FDA cleared to reduce wrinkles by gently warming the upper dermis, improving the appearance of skin. The result is a healthy looking and vibrant appearance. The results of this treatment are subtle yet consistent. 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.
The LaserFACIAL 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 a gentle warming of the surface of the skin.
What to Expect During a LaserFACIAL Treatment
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 LaserFACIAL 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 use of strong topical skin care 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 skin care products for approximately 5 days after treatment. Keep the area treated with the laser clean and most.