Q & AWho Is Not a Good Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Consultant Staff asked 5 years ago
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Consultant Staff answered 5 years ago

People with minor skin imperfections are often not good candidates for laser skin resurfacing. Laser skin resurfacing is considered by many cosmetic medical professionals to be a surgical procedure. As with any surgery, the side effects of laser skin resurfacing procedures tend to linger for at least a week and often longer. For minor skin imperfections, gentler alternative treatments are available.
Those with a very dark skin tone may also not be good candidates for laser skin resurfacing. During laser skin resurfacing, the pigment in the targeted skin cell absorbs the highly energetic laser light and produces intense heat, resulting in the cell’s destruction. Any excess laser light is either harmlessly diffused or is absorbed by the surrounding untargeted skin cells. In a person with dark skin, more skin pigment is present so there is a greater risk of the excess laser energy being absorbed than for a person with a lighter skin tone. This unintended absorption can result in side effects like skin discoloration and even blistering. A Fraxel® laser or erbium laser procedure presents a slightly lower risk of skin discoloration than does a CO2 laser treatment. An experienced dermatologist can take steps to decrease the risk of damage to surrounding cells, however; you should consult a dermatologist who has experience performing the procedure on patients with your skin type to learn about the associated risks prior to having the procedure done.
Those who are not good candidates for laser skin resurfacing, may benefit from laser skin resurfacing alternatives. These milder treatments can also be performed to reduce the effects of sun damage as well as the appearance of lines and uneven skin coloration.
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