What you Need to Know About Cosmetic Laser Therapy

Dermatology Associates of Rochester

If the idea of a laser therapy gives you some hesitation, you are absolutely not alone. But let us also say that you will soon join the hundreds of laser skin resurfacing patients in our Rochester office who love the comfortable, long-lasting results found with laser therapies such as Halo™ Pro. Ever wonder ‘what is laser therapy for?’ Lasers effectively treat a variety of blemishes and skin pigmentation, and they remove unwanted hair. They can reverse the signs of aging and revitalize your skin’s surface. For everything you need to know, keep reading.

Who performs laser skin resurfacing?

We think this kind of goes without saying, but it’s essential that you schedule a consultation with a board-certified dermatology physician-led team of professionals who have a proven track record of performing this type of treatment. Our equipment doesn’t do all the work, it also requires a trained professional operator to make sure you receive the desired results. Trust your laser therapy with the largest cosmetic dermatology practice in Rochester.

How does laser skin resurfacing work?

We are in the business of customized treatment plans and educating you on services and treatments that help you achieve desired results. That being said, here’s a little education on how a laser works:

  • Lasers such as the Forever Young BBL and VBeam® Perfecta can focus on skin pigment by heating the skin and absorbing pigment to reduce redness, broken capillaries, rosacea, age spots, and other frustrating signs of aging and skin damage. Fun fact: This is also how laser tattoo removal works.
  • Lasers emit high-intensity pulses of light at different wavelengths, allowing us to target lesions of different colors, shapes, and sizes, as well as correct sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles.
  • It’s important to note that prior to resurfacing the skin, only a medically-trained dermatology practitioner can make the diagnoses prior to treatment.

Patient lying on table during laser skin treatment

Is laser skin resurfacing painful?

The sensation felt during treatment depends on many factors: the laser, the area of treatment, the depth of the treatment area, and your tolerance for pain. The laser therapy operated in our offices is very surface-layer focused, and comfort is our primary goal. We use prescription-strength numbing creams, if necessary, to ensure your comfort during treatment.

Is laser skin resurfacing the most effective option?

There’s no denying it—if you are looking for deep hair removal, pigment reduction, repairing blemishes, or reducing acne scars, laser therapy is long-lasting and highly effective. Other options are more temporary in their effectiveness and can require repeat treatments, sometimes every other month.  You can read more about treatment options to reduce acne scarring, for example, in this related blog post.

For laser skin resurfacing, our approach is two-fold: restoration and maintenance. We first rejuvenate the skin to the youthful glow desired, and then recommend a series of treatments to maintain results. Regular annual appointments, depending on the treatment you received, can ensure that your skin appears the same for years to come.

During your consultation with our team of providers, we discuss your target area, your goals, how many treatments you need to achieve optimum results, and the best method we recommend to achieve those results. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to our services, so a customized treatment plan is a must. You can request a consultation online or call us at (585) 272-0700 to schedule an appointment. You can also learn more about laser therapy options on our site.

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