Is laser skin rejuvenation worthwhile? Our Toronto-based practice knows that patients who are considering cosmetic treatments to enhance their appearance are curious about the benefits of laser skin resurfacing. It goes without saying that aging can take its toll on your skin. Furthermore, unprotected exposure to sunlight and damage from other stressors such as pollution can make you appear older than your actual age. Laser skin resurfacing treatments address many common skin concerns such as sun damage, fine lines and uneven tone. Some lasers are more aggressive than others and a cosmetic consultation can determine which type of laser would be best for you. Here are some things you should know about these treatments.

1. There Are Conditions and Medications That Will Affect Laser Skin Resurfacing

Tell us about your medical history along with any medications or supplements you are taking before you have a laser skin treatment. Knowing your family background can help us determine your skin type and whether laser treatments would be appropriate for you. Facial laser treatments can trigger a flare of pre-existing cold sores (herpes simplex) so antiviral medication should be started before your treatment. Smoking will delay recovery. Review your topical medications with us to make sure it would be appropriate to use them afterwards.

2. Lasers Make Your Skin More Sun Sensitive

Several cosmetic treatments, including laser skin resurfacing, make your skin more sensitive to the sun and ultraviolet radiation. It is best to avoid sun exposure for a few weeks before your treatment and for about one month afterwards to prevent discolouration of the skin. Sun protection is always recommended.

3. Stay Cool

If you’re having a more aggressive laser skin resurfacing treatment, you should avoid activities that heat up your skin for a few days after your treatment. Hot showers, saunas, and intense exercise can increase heat and inflammation resulting in a longer recovery time.

Is laser skin rejuvenation worthwhile? Our Toronto-based Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa can explain more. Call us at 416-483-4541 or submit a contact form to request a consultation if you would like to discover more about what these procedures involve.

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