Skin laser treatments are one of the most intensive and invasive facial procedures you can get done for your skin. These treatments are considered very safe. However, each type of laser treatment has certain side effects but Skin laser treatment side effects are usually minimal and are easy to cope with.
Understanding the science and principles behind laser surgery can help to minimize the potential for complications. Here are some most common Skin laser treatment side effects associated with Skin laser treatments. They may not apply to every single laser procedure and you may not even experience all of these Skin laser treatment side effects. The following are just for informational purposes:
As in Skin laser treatment side effects, the pain comes at the top. Sometimes you may suffer from post treatment pain. Topical anesthetics are usually applied to your skin before a cosmetic laser treatment to minimize as much pain as possible. However, you can still feel discomfort after the procedure sometimes. For more invasive laser skin treatments, doctors may even prescribe pain pills.
2. Changes in skin pigmentation
Not everyone’s skin is suitable for laser treatment. Generally, cosmetic lasers work better on people with lighter skin tones than on people with darker skin tones, but both kinds of skin tones have a risk of hypo-pigmentation (lightening of the skin) or hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). Asian skin is particularly prone to hyperpigmentation, especially with high strength or deeply penetrating cosmetic lasers. Although some laser skin procedures, such as those that treat pigmented lesions like sun spots, will make the pigmentation spots darker before they get better.
3. Redness, swelling, and/or itching
This one of a common Skin laser treatment side effects. Traditional ablative lasers would physically vaporize the top layer of your skin, leaving it red and raw for months until it healed on its own. Non-ablative lasers, while less intensive, claim to have no downtime, but facial redness (erythema), swelling, and even itching are common post- Skin laser treatment side effects. These symptoms will usually subside after a few days, though “pink” skin may linger for many weeks later.
Depending on the type of treatment, bruising could be one of your Skin laser treatment side effects. This symptom is more common in pulsed-dye lasers where treated areas can develop purpura, or purple spots in the skin when blood vessels under the skin leak. The bruising will usually fade on its own, however the process can be sped up with the use of KTP lasers.
Infection is not a very common Skin laser treatment side effects, but it can happen, especially with some of the more invasive cosmetic laser procedures. Most doctors will prescribe antibiotic creams and pills to take post-op to prevent any kind of infection from occurring. If your skin scabs post-laser, you must also resist the urge to pick them off or you will risk infection as well.
6. Sensitivity to the sun
Since Skin laser treatment is a procedure heat there is a chance that it may make your skin more sensitive to the sun. After you get laser done on your face, it is extremely important to stay out of the sun during peak hours and wear proper sun screen protection.
Some people experience “purging” or minor breakouts post-op. This could be from the stimulation of your skin by the laser treatment or from the emollient healing creams you apply after the procedure. So consult your dermatologist right away if you are having this problem.
8. Recurrence of the skin issue
It usually takes more than one laser skin treatment to get your desired results. However, even after multiple treatments, some skin conditions will come back. This is when the procedure is not done well. So do consult an experienced dermatologist.
To avoid these Skin laser treatment side effects conditions make sure you are a suitable candidate for the type of cosmetic laser in question and take good care of your skin pre and post op. Keep in mind that results may not be immediate either. Even after you recover from the laser treatment, it may still take some time for the full results of the laser to develop as your skin continues to heal and improve. Skin laser treatment can treat a number of skin conditions so do consult an experienced dermatologist.
We at Almeka Medical Centre, offers an effective Skin laser treatment for various skin conditions such as, Acne, Acne Scar, Unwanted hair, Skin resurfacing, Tattoo removal, Wrinkles and so on that cater to every client’s need. We use state of the art skin laser machines and this centre is facilitated with trained specialist doctors, who are ready to discuss your concerns and expectations, examine your skin and then decide on the best Skin laser treatment for you.