Laser skin resurfacing, or more specifically Laser Facial Treatments, is a proven way to help reduce wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and other blemishes as well as tighten skin and balance tone. They are relatively safe procedures but any of the following side effects could result:
You will experience some pain during the procedure and after. Before the procedure, your dermatologist will give you topical anesthetics that will help minimize the pain. When they wear off, you will feel discomfort for some time. Your dermatologist may even prescribe pain pills.
Redness, swelling, and or itching
Most laser treatments will leave your skin red. The non-ablative lasers are less intensive but cause swelling and even itching in patients. It should be noted that the swelling and itching usually subside after a few days.
Sensitivity to the sun
Laser skin treatments will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. As part of post-op care, it is extremely important that you avoid being exposed to the sun for long periods. It is also important to make use of proper sunscreen protection.
Changes in skin pigmentation
While not everyone's skin is suitable for laser treatment, people with lighter skin tones have a risk of hypo-pigmentation (lightening of the skin) or hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin).
Infection is not a very common side effect, 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.
Some laser skin treatments may scar your skin. This, however, depends on your skin type. If you are prone to scarring or getting keloids, discuss this with your doctor before treatment.
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 may reappear. This is more common with cosmetic lasers that treat vascular lesions and remove hair.