Is your skin tone uneven? Do you suffer from acne scars, age spots or enlarged oil glands? Do you have fine lines and moderate wrinkles? What about sagging skin, warts or scars? If you answered yes to any of the preceding questions, a laser peel session provided by Laser Health Works in Barrie, ON may be for you. Read on to discover what you can expect.
What to Expect During a Laser Peel Session
A laser peel session starts with preparing your skin. Some clients may need to undergo several professional treatments to prepare their skin. On the day of your treatment, we will apply a topical anesthetic cream to numb the treatment area, ensuring your complete comfort during and after your treatment.
Once your skin is numb, we will use an alcohol-based cleanser to remove any dirt, oil, or bacteria from the treatment area. Then, we will calibrate the laser to be safe and effective given your skin tone, skin type and your desired aesthetic. Once the laser is tailored to your unique situation, we will move the laser around the designated area slowly.
How to Prepare for Treatment
There are several steps you must take to prepare for treatment. First, avoid tanning beds, sunbathing and prolonged sun exposure in the four weeks leading up to treatment. All the aforementioned activities can lead to UVA and UVB damage if you do not wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen when you engage in them.
Avoid deep facial peels in the four weeks leading up to treatment. Examples include deep chemical peels and dermabrasion. Stop taking medication that increases photosensitivity for three days before your treatment.
What to Expect During Recovery
After your laser peel session, your skin will peel over the course of three to 10 days. The duration of your peeling will depend on several factors, including how hydrated your skin is, the size of the area or areas being treated, and how deeply the laser penetrated your skin.
How to Cleanse Your Skin
After your laser peel session, you need to adjust your daily skincare routine slightly. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you should cleanse the treated area two to five times daily until your skin is done peeling. During your initial consultation, we will advise you on what type of cleanser you should use. Saline or vinegar-based cleansers work best.
Make sure you use warm water rather than scalding hot water while cleansing your skin. Afterward, pat your skin dry with a soft towel. Do not rub it aggressively. You may moisturize with a hypoallergenic, non-irritating moisturizer such as Aquaphor or Vaseline. Don’t over-moisturize or you will extend the amount of time it takes for your skin to peel.
How to Protect Your Skin
After treatment, you must protect your skin from the sun every day for a year. Wear at least an SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen. A broad-spectrum sunscreen protects your skin from both the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. If you have fair skin, thin skin, or a history of pre-cancerous skin cells, wear a minimum of SPF 55.
To protect your skin from the sun, it is absolutely crucial that you apply your sunscreen every four hours during daylight hours. While uncommon, it is possible to be sunburned through the window of your corner office. It is also possible to be sunburned through clothing on an overcast day. Minimize time spent outside between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM.
What to Expect From the Results
The results of a laser peel vary on a case-by-case basis. They depend on the depth the laser penetrated your skin along with several other factors. At the end of the day, the results are what you need them to be. For instance, if you have fine lines and moderate wrinkles, they will be smoothed. If you have acne scars, they will be erased.
It may take several sessions for the laser peel to erase acne scars, but it will happen with regular sessions. This is because the laser warms the foundational layers of your skin. Through this, your skin is encouraged to produce collagen. Collagen is the protein responsible for numerous skin health and repair issues, such as keeping your skin tight, smooth, and even in tone and texture.
Good Candidates for This Treatment
The only way to determine definitively if you are a good candidate for this treatment is to come in for an initial consultation. There are several things we look at, including your current health, medical history, the current condition of your skin, and the results you are looking for.
There is a common misconception that lasers will bleach or burn darker skin tones. The truth is people with more melanin in their skin simply need a peel session with a different laser than people with less melanin in their skin. This is because an individual laser can only be adjusted so far. Do not think that because you have darker skin you are automatically disqualified.
Discover How to Uncover Your Best Self Today
If you want to take the best possible care of your skin, a laser peel session may be just what you need. To learn more about this life-changing treatment, please contact us today at Laser Health Works in Barrie, ON to schedule your initial consultation. We can’t wait to meet you and help you achieve your ideal aesthetic. Laser health works. Try it for yourself.