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    A laser skin treatment is a relatively new technology that surgeons have only recently begun using. It is when the surgeons utilize lasers (containing carbon dioxide) to vaporize the skin’s upper layers, consequently allowing a new layer of skin to form. The technique is commonly used to fine tune wrinkles and various face lines, especially around the eyes and the mouth. What is great about the laser skin treatment is that it can be used at any part of the body, including damaged areas, as the laser beam is extremely precise. This allows some forms of scars and burns to be faint or less noticeable. Also, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy, which use pulses of the laser light, is used to treat scars such as acne scars and various veins and stains.

    Also known as a laser peel, the laser skin treatment create similar effects as chemical peels. Basically, the technique will remove the top layer of the skin. Then, as the dermis (the bottom half of your skin) is revealed, a new top layer of skin that is smooth and soft will be recreated.

    Usually a single laser skin treatment does not take so long. Conducted under anesthetic and sedation, the whole process can take from a few minutes to a couple hours (considering that the whole face is being treated). As is the case, recovery time varies quite drastically. Those who did not have the laser dig very deep might have a short (or possibly even no) downtime. However, those who did undergo deep laser treatments might have a slightly longer recovery time. Regardless of the depth though, aftercare is necessary. Laser treatments of all types, including the laser skin treatment, are very precise. There hardly is any bleeding and thus there is hardly any discomfort afterwards.

    Behind the Laser Skin Treatment ProcessHow a Laser Skin Treatment Works

    After having the local anesthetic material applied on the skin area that is to be treated (usually a day prior to the treatment), your face is then cleansed again, which can take a few minutes to a few hours depending on the size of the area being treated. Usually, when doing a small treatment job, the laser will only penetrate up to the epidermis or the papillary dermis. However, for deeper operations, it may even penetrate up to the upper levels of the reticulas dermis. This is what is great about laser skin treatment; it allows the surgeon to be very flexible when dealing with the skin that needs to be treated, as all areas, depending on whether it is a scar or a deep wrinkle, needs to be treated at different levels.

    After the treatment, the surgeon will apply some antibiotic ointment to avoid any infection before the top layer of the skin is back to normal. In rare cases, there might be swelling too, in which case, ice packs are used to limit it along with some painkiller if there are any discomforts. For the first few weeks after the treatment, mild moisturizer such as cream will need to be used to prevent the skin from drying out. Any other products that could get onto the skin, such as shampoo, should also be as mild as possible. Like with all skin treatment, the patient is also suggested to stay out of direct sunlight by wearing a strong sunblock cream.

    Possible Risks Behind Laser Skin Treatment

    Usually, laser skin treatment is a very safe treatment for all people. However, those with black, brown, or olive skin might face some difficulties, as the treatment can trigger the change in the original pigment. Also, if the patient took accutane in the last 18 months or is prone to keloid scarring, there is a greater likelihood that they might catch an infection. In rare cases, a treatment can also provoke a new cold or make the patient feel drowsy. Swelling and red and pink spots are a possibility too, although very temporary. Nonetheless, as anesthetic products are used with the treatment, the treatment is usually very safe and risk free.

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    13 comments
    1. Puranmal

      23 August, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      My son 6 yrs old having black mark on the neck, it was not by birth, it is appeared later on , now it spreading on whole neck. Pls suggest me best treatment on my email. thanks.

      Reply
    2. amit nagmal

      2 May, 2012 at 11:46 am

      my skin are so many pimple so please say this probleb of the solution and why charges for layser treatment

      Reply
    3. vasanth

      26 April, 2012 at 5:49 am

      Hi this s vasanth here i have skin pigmentation that is black spot on nose and cheeks, does laser treatment work

      Reply
      • pramod

        8 April, 2013 at 11:09 am

        definetly work

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    4. Lina

      15 January, 2012 at 6:41 am

      Does it work on acne too or just on scars? And can this procedure be done on teenagers as well?

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    5. alica

      6 December, 2011 at 9:21 am

      what is the percentage that laser treatment can go wrong.
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    6. sumita

      5 December, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      Is it better for blemishes skin and is there any risk of side effect of this treatment?

      Reply
    7. Rashmi

      27 November, 2011 at 9:43 am

      does laser treatment darken our facial skin? 

      Reply
    8. tvm boy

      26 September, 2011 at 4:56 am

      i just did skin lazer birthmark removal day before yesterday.. I removed the plaster today and it looks like a burned area.. Skin is loose and an infection is there

      Reply
      • AJAY

        21 October, 2011 at 9:13 am

        is there any side effect of this treatment?
        is your skin still looks like a burned area?

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    9. Tearrah

      30 July, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      Does laser treatment leave scars?

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    10. Barb

      3 April, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      to make your article more believable, get someone who knows how to write to fix up your article.  It does not lend credibility when you present an article that sounds like it was written by a kid in high school.

      Reply
    11. Emma

      8 March, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      My practitioner has put radiesse under the eye even though I didn’t really need it in that area.  You can see the product and it looks extremely ugly.  White/pinkish bumpy marks under the skin and very close to the surfacek, right up into the corners of the eye.   It can take 1 year to 18 month to disappear.  Do you think that any form of laser treatment will penetrate the skin deep enougth to remove the radiesse?  Any advise would be useful and appreciated.

      Thank you.

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