How Do You Prepare for Laser Resurfacing Treatments?

Stress from the environment where you live has a major influence on your skin tone and texture. Too much sun exposure or damage due to toxins from pollution, hard water, weather changes, and cigarette smoke can take a toll on its appearance, leading to the development of rough skin, pigmentation irregularities, and wrinkles. Your skin may also become scarred as the body heals after undergoing trauma due to severe acne, injuries, or surgery. If you want to enhance the overall quality of your skin, laser therapy from our New Jersey-based team at South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center can give impressive results for minimizing scars and wrinkles at the same time. Lasers not only improve the size, color, and shape of scars, but can also make skin smoother to minimize wrinkles.

Laser resurfacing treatments don’t require much preparation, but there are a few things that patients should be aware of before having these procedures.

You Need to Have a Consultation

While laser resurfacing treatments are non-invasive and may not seem like a big deal, you need to set up a consultation before having your scars or wrinkles treated. Laser procedures require specialized knowledge. Our team will take your skin type, the characteristics of your scars or wrinkles, and your overall health into account when planning your treatment. Note that certain types of lasers will be better for targeting specific types of scars.

Sun Protection is a Must

One of the worst things you can do before your treatment is get tanned or sunburned, because we won’t be able to treat your skin due to the risk of laser burns and discoloration. We recommend applying sunscreen and avoiding direct sun exposure for several weeks before and after treatment.

Make Lifestyle Changes

Much like other cosmetic treatments, we will recommend making certain changes to daily habits in order to lower your chances of complications and get satisfying results. You’ll need to quit smoking, avoid taking blood thinning supplements or medications (if it’s medically safe to do so), and stop using retinoids or other acids for exfoliation for several weeks before your session.

For more advice on treating wrinkles, scars, and other skin imperfections with laser therapy, contact South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center. Call us today at (856) 810-9888 or submit a contact form to schedule a consultation to find out whether you are a good candidate for laser resurfacing procedures.