As we get older, wrinkles and lines can form on the skin of the face. We may also suffer from acne, and from spending too much time in the sun when we were younger and didn’t really pay it any attention. This can leave blotches and scarring that can actually make us look older than we are.
Whatever the causes, a lot of these issues can be cleared up with laser skin therapy in Foster City at Silicon Valley Aesthetic Dermatology.
Laser skin therapy in Foster City removes skin layer by layer with exact precision. The skin will then heal, forming new skin cells that will produce a younger-looking, tighter surface.
The procedure is carried out on an outpatient basis, so you won’t have to stay overnight. If you wish to go ahead with laser skin resurfacing, you should not take any medications or supplements such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or Vitamin E for ten days before the procedure. If you are a smoker, you should not smoke for two weeks before and after the treatment.
We Can Treat Small Areas Or Your Whole Face
We can treat wrinkles on your forehead, around your eyes, and your mouth, individually, or can treat your whole face. For small areas, the skin will be numbed using a local anesthetic, but if your whole face is to be treated you may need a general anesthetic.
After 24 hours, you will need to clean the treated areas four or five times a day, and also apply an ointment such as petroleum jelly to prevent scabs from forming. It is normal for swelling to occur, and the doctor may prescribe steroids to manage swelling around your eyes. Between five and seven days after the procedure, the skin will start to peel. Overall, healing can take between 10 and 21 days depending upon the treatment.
You may notice that your skin looks lighter after the procedure, and it is important to use a sunscreen. You need a “broad spectrum” sunscreen which will screen both ultraviolet A rays and ultraviolet B rays. Choose a sunscreen that is formulated for use on the face and has a zinc oxide content of at least 7%. It should also be at least SPF 30 or more. You need to limit the amount of time that you spend in the sun, especially around noon, from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. You also need to reapply the sunscreen every two hours if you are out.
If you think that laser skin therapy in Foster City could be of benefit to you by making you look so much younger, make an appointment to see our Dr Miguel Canales so that he can assess your skin condition and advise if you are a suitable patient.