Laser skin resurfacing is the use of special lasers to help improve your skin’s texture and appearance. At the office of Dr. Alicia Abeyta, DDS, FAGD, we use a Fotona Er:YAG laser for ablative treatments to remove skin imperfections like wrinkles and warts by removing the necessary layers of skin. For non-ablative treatments that do not remove any layers of skin, we use a Fotona Nd:YAG laser to treat conditions like acne-related skin issues.
What Conditions Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?
Here are some of the conditions that Laser Skin Resurfacing can treat:
- Fine and deep wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone
- Crow’s feet
- Scars, including acne scars
- Enlarged oil glands
- Sagging skin
- Age spots
How Is a Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure Performed?
Before the actual laser skin resurfacing, your skin will undergo a series of treatments to improve its tolerance to the resurfacing and reduce your risk of side effects. This preparation will be done weeks before your resurfacing procedure.
On the day of your procedure, we will administer a topical anesthetic to the prepared skin to help keep you comfortable and keep you from feeling pain. Then, excess dirt, oil, and bacteria will be cleaned off the treatment area. Our doctor will then perform the actual resurfacing of your skin using the appropriate laser. After the resurfacing, our doctor will dress the treated skin.
Are There Potential Side Effects?
Although we will do everything we can to prevent any of these from happening, the procedure can produce any of these possible side effects:
You must take some time off, about three to 10 days, to let your skin heal after the treatment. If there is any swelling in the treatment area, use an ice pack to bring it down. You will also need to clean the treated area two to five times a day using a special cleanser that our doctor will prescribe. Wear an SPF 30 (minimum) sunscreen whenever you go outdoors to protect your skin from sunburn and damage. Your treated skin will be sensitive to the sun for up to one year after treatment.
To learn more about the med spa services offered by Dr. Alicia Abeyta and Dr. Laura Snyder, call (505)-293-7611 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit dentist in Albuquerque NM at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.