Are Laser Treatments Painful? By Dr. Lombardi on January 12, 2024

There are several ways to take care of your skin and prolong its youth well into your twilight years. As the part of the body most exposed to the elements, the skin is extra deserving of care and daily maintenance to keep it from getting too old too fast. One of the best ways to rejuvenate your skin is through a quick, non-invasive procedure known as laser skin resurfacing. Utilizing cutting-edge techniques, our pros can expertly lift blemishes from the skin and offer total regeneration from the inside out. But are laser treatments painful?

Are Laser Treatments Painful?

Our clients usually have a lot of questions about laser treatments when they are signing up for the first time. During your personal consultation at Lombardi Institute of Dermatology, you have time to ask whatever is on your mind. Are laser treatments painful? How long do results last? Are multiple sessions required? Keep reading to learn these important facts about our advanced laser treatments.

What Laser Skin Resurfacing Can Treat

There is a reason why laser treatments are often known as miracle treatments. The laser technology is flexible and adaptable to almost any part of the body. That is why they are recommended for a range of blemishes like acne scarring, dark sun spots, and physical injury. Using a heated laser component, our specialists guide the technology to pinpoint the exact area of skin you want to treat. The heat activates at the cellular level of the skin, stimulating collagen reproduction and healing.

Your skin has regenerative properties, and our laser treatments seek to enhance those properties through the use of heat. The heat makes your skin cells jump into action and they will start healing your old and damaged skin.

Types of Laser Resurfacing

Depending on the needs of your skin as well as the extent of your damage, you can choose between two major resurfacing procedures. During ablative laser resurfacing, the heated laser will remove the top layer of skin and make room for new growth underneath. This is recommended for anyone wanting total rejuvenation without having to sign up for multiple procedures.

Nonablative laser resurfacing is also available. Though it also uses a heated laser, it does not remove the top layer of skin. It sinks through your skin to the under layers, stimulating collagen growth so the rest of the healing process can be done naturally. Nonablative treatments are good for light-level resurfacing. For permanent or long-lasting results, ablative treatments are typically recommended.

Does Laser Resurfacing Cause Pain?

Not only do laser treatments come with incredibly low complication rates, but they are also not very painful. You can have an honest discussion with our doctors during your consultation for more information. At the beginning of your treatment, the initial laser sensations might hurt a little bit. This is because they use intense heat to create a very small injury under your skin. This kickstarts your regenerative cells into action. After a few minutes, your skin will no longer remain affected by this sensation and the pain will go away.

Though not a lot of pain is expected, it is valid to feel nervous about the procedure. There are several things you can do to prepare for this pain and mitigate it when the time comes. For example, you can let your doctor know about your skin sensitivities. You should also avoid using hot or freezing water for a few days to keep your skin calm after treatment. You may be approved to use a topical anesthetic, which can be applied to your skin on the day of your procedure.

Laser Treatment Aftercare

Laser skin resurfacing involves a quick and easygoing recovery period. For a few days, you can expect your skin to feel sensitive. You will not be in pain, but you will need to take a few measures to protect your skin from harm. Stay out of the sun, and invest in strong SPF-protecting sunscreen if you do go outside. Make sure to avoid chemicals and perfumes that contain irritating products. After a few days, you will feel back to normal.

The results of your laser skin resurfacing will be visible very soon. On average, it takes a few weeks to a few months for total healing. This means that in just a few short months, you will look younger and healthier than ever before.

Schedule Your Laser Treatment Today

Laser skin resurfacing is a healthy and proactive way to treat the skin from the many blemishes it acquires over time. Learn more about your candidacy when you contact Dr. Lombardi’s office and schedule a personal consultation. We look forward to helping you rejuvenate your brightest features from the inside out for total aesthetic harmony.

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