What Skin Irregularities Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?

By: Our Team

1/22/2024

Laser skin resurfacing is a versatile treatment designed to target a variety of skin concerns and irregularities. Using state-of-the-art, skin-safe lasers, Dr. John Berry and the team at Living Water Medical Spa in Johnson City, TN can brighten your complexion, tighten sagging skin, and minimize the appearance of scars and other cosmetic imperfections.

Below, we'll examine how laser skin resurfacing works and discuss which skin concerns can be improved with this innovative treatment.

What is laser skin resurfacing, and how does it work?

It may sound counterintuitive, but lasers are designed to damage and destroy skin cells. Using precise beams of light, problematic cells (such as those with too much pigment) are targeted while leaving healthy cells alone. This destruction of unwanted cells kickstarts the body's regenerative processes, leading to the creation of new, healthier cells.

Some lasers are stronger than others, which is why it's important to partner with an experienced team like the providers at Living Water Medical Spa to know which one is right for your needs.

In some cases, patients only need a laser to target the outer layer of skin (the epidermis). Some issues, such as deep scars, may require a stronger laser to penetrate down to the dermis.

The team at Living Water Medical Spa takes the time to educate patients about the benefits and drawbacks of each type of laser skin resurfacing treatment before developing a personalized treatment plan for each individual.

What skin irregularities can laser resurfacing treat?

Depending on the type of laser used, laser skin resurfacing may be able to correct skin issues that affect even deeper layers of skin, such as scars.

Many different skin concerns can be improved with laser skin resurfacing. These include:

  • Pigmentation issues, such as redness and brown spots (including some signs of sun damage)
  • Age spots
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Acne, surgical, and burn scars
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Enlarged pores
  • Rough skin texture
  • Dull complexion

Laser skin resurfacing can even help remove body hair and tattoos. In the long term, lasers also help collagen regenerate for a brighter, smoother, more youthful-looking complexion.

What types of lasers can address skin irregularities?

In general, there are three kinds of lasers used for skin resurfacing:

  • Non-ablative lasers do not remove layers of skin but create micro-injuries to skin cells so that new cells regenerate during healing.
  • Ablative lasers penetrate the skin and can even remove the outer layer. This is effective for treating lines and wrinkles and can be similar to a chemical peel. It's effective but requires a longer recovery time.
  • Fractional lasers can be ablative or non-ablative and penetrate deeper skin layers. They can treat stubborn pigmentation issues and scars.

What happens after laser resurfacing?

Regardless of the laser used, most patients experience some redness and flaking of the skin in the days or weeks after treatment. Stronger lasers will make the outer layer of skin peel away, so it's crucial to be gentle when touching your face and avoid picking at your skin after treatment.

The team at Living Water Medical Spa can give you specific aftercare instructions, which typically involve moisturizing and soothing treatments and staying out of the sun for specific periods of time.

Once the healing process is completed, your skin can look smooth and rejuvenated.

Get laser skin resurfacing in Johnson City, TN

If you're looking for softer, smoother skin with a more even skin tone, laser resurfacing at Living Water Medical Spa can help. The results can make you look more youthful and radiant.

If you live in the Johnson City, TN area and are interested in seeing what these procedures can do for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. John Berry or a member of our team today.

*All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.