With the seemingly endless array of cosmetic treatments for treating signs of facial aging on the market today, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you. There are several factors to consider when deciding what treatment(s) to pursue, including cost, recovery time, and more. Aside from the concerns you are hoping to treat, one of the most important variables in choosing the most appropriate skin treatment is how long the results will last. When it comes to long-lasting results, laser skin resurfacing is hard to beat. Double board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence is proud to offer the most cutting-edge laser resurfacing treatments for Atlanta, GA patients looking to rejuvenate their skin and turn back the clock on aging.
What is laser resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing refers to a collection of treatments, each performed by a different or specialized laser, for the purpose of reducing many facial flaws and signs of aging. Some of the most common concerns that lead patients to pursue laser resurfacing include:
- Sun spots
- Acne scars
With the multiple lasers available, it is best to consult with a qualified, certified, and experienced physician or technician in order to better understand which treatment(s) may best help you achieve your goals. During your initial one-on-one consultation at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery, the knowledgeable team will thoroughly evaluate your skin, discuss your concerns, answer your questions at length, and recommend a course of treatment designed specifically for you.
How many laser resurfacing sessions do I need?
As with many cosmetic skin procedures, consistent treatments can lead to better, longer-lasting results. However, for some patients, as little as one laser resurfacing session may be needed. The number of treatments you will need depends heavily on the severity of your concerns. For instance, younger men and women with only mild signs of aging – including fine lines – typically benefit from a one-time treatment that can also act as a preventative measure. Patients with severe acne scarring or other more serious flaws may require multiple treatments spaced out at certain intervals. Your provider will be able to put together a treatment plan and schedule that will best meet your needs and lifestyle.
Patients typically undergo either one-time, yearly, or monthly laser skin resurfacing treatments, depending on their individual concerns and goals. For example:
One-time laser resurfacing
Men and women with minor skin complaints who are looking to achieve improved texture and a more even skin tone may need a single laser resurfacing treatment. With routine maintenance, including wearing sunscreen and using dermatologist-recommended topical agents, these patients can enjoy their laser resurfacing treatments for 5 – 7 years before further treatments may be needed, if ever.
Yearly laser resurfacing
For patients with somewhat more significant complaints – including more noticeable acne scarring, uneven skin texture, or significant discoloration – yearly laser surfacing treatments can be highly beneficial. Maintaining a consistent routine with laser surfacing once a year will help the skin continue to produce collagen and promote a smooth, flawless appearance.
Monthly laser resurfacing
Patients with certain skin types and those that have the most severe complaints are likely to need monthly laser skin resurfacing treatments in order to achieve and maintain the results they are hoping for.
One exciting aspect of laser skin resurfacing is that it can be used as a preventative treatment for patients with great skin who are looking to combat the signs of aging that will inevitably appear. Talk with the experienced providers at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery if you are interested in how starting a laser skin resurfacing regimen can help you keep your gorgeous, glowing skin for many, many years to come!
How often can I have laser resurfacing performed?
The length of time between your laser resurfacing treatments will depend on your doctor’s recommendations, your skin type, and other factors. In general, the skin needs about four weeks between laser treatments to recover and be ready for the next session. With the sensitive nature of laser skin treatments, it is imperative that patients select a reputable facility and highly experienced provider to perform laser surfacing treatments.
How do I get started with laser resurfacing in Atlanta?
If you think laser skin resurfacing may be right for you, call the convenient Atlanta, GA office of Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation today, and discover how beautiful, youthful skin can help boost your confidence, enhance your look, and change your life!