Skincare is a lifelong process because your skin accumulates damage throughout your life. Everything from your environment to your genetics can affect the condition of your skin, including things like chemical exposure, sun exposure, acne, and facial scars. As the damage builds up inside your skin, it also begins to show on the outside, making you look older.
Treating signs of aging in your skin always comes with a lot of questions. When should I start? How bad is my skin? What are my treatment options? Are there certain kinds of products I should use? Will a surgical option yield better results? At Revesse Rhinoplasty and Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Toronto, ON, Dr. Robert Mounsey offers two different types of laser treatments to improve your skin – laser skin resurfacing and laser skin tightening. Both are proven to be effective at improving the look and feel of your skin, but which one will work better for you?
What Exactly are Laser Skin Services?
Using a laser to improve your skin may sound a little scary or out there, but the technology has actually been around for years. In fact, the laser is capable of repairing or removing damage to your skin without extensive surgery and with little discomfort. Different types of lasers are used in cosmetic surgery to accomplish different results, which is why you have different laser skin service options. Some lasers are better suited to treat deep lines and wrinkles than others. Other lasers are designed to carefully remove layers of skin. The type of laser skin service used by your surgeon will depend on your skin and what type of improvements it needs.
How a Laser Resurfaces Your Skin
The texture of your skin can become very uneven over the years as damage builds up. You may notice that your skin doesn’t look very smooth or has a rough feel to it. Some patients also struggle with uneven pigmentation in their skin, which happens when your skin has some areas that are darker than others. Resurfacing your skin helps improve the texture and overall appearance of your skin by removing the damage and improving your pigmentation.
If you’ve ever had a chemical or facial peel, the laser skin resurfacing service works in a similar fashion. The laser is used to carefully burn away your skin, one layer at a time. By taking away the top layers of your skin, the laser also removes the presence of damage within those skin layers. This allows newer skin cells to grow damage-free as your skin heals from the treatment. As the new layers come in to replace the old layers, your skin will have a smoother and more even appearance, making you look younger and healthier.
How a Laser Tightens Your Skin
Some patients struggle more with the appearance of lines and wrinkles rather than an uneven texture. Your skin becomes looser as you get older because your body produces less collagen, a component of your skin that is important in keeping it smooth and tight. When this happens, you start to see more lines and wrinkles around your eyes and mouth, as well as looser skin around your face.
The laser skin tightening service helps with these problems by boosting the collagen production deep beneath the skin. As the laser moves over your skin, the heat from the laser stimulates the collagen already present in your skin and boosts your overall collagen production. Your body creates more collagen, which causes your skin to become smoother and tighter across the treated area.
Choosing Your Laser Service
Both of these laser skin services are very effective at improving the look and feel of your skin to give you a more youthful and healthy appearance. Both services may require multiple treatment sessions to achieve the best results, but patients generally see visible improvement after one treatment session. These laser services also have similar side effects. Patients often experience mild pain or discomfort and swelling. Your skin will be especially sensitive and vulnerable to infection after your treatment, so it’s extremely important that you follow the skincare guidelines provided by your surgeon.
The laser service that you and your surgeon choose will depend on your skin’s condition and the kind of improvements your skin needs. If you have problems with uneven skin texture or pigmentation, then a laser resurfacing treatment will help you more than a laser tightening treatment. On the flip side, if you have more of a problem with loose or lined skin, tightening your skin will be more effective. If you have concerns that require both treatments, you don’t necessarily have to choose one over the other. You may have one treatment used on a certain area of your face or you can have additional treatments after your skin heals.
Choosing the best laser skin service for you is a process that requires experience and skill, which is why it’s important for you to put your trust in a quality surgeon.
Laser Services at Revesse
Dr. Mounsey has a been a plastic surgeon for more than ten years. His practice in Toronto sees thousands of patients every year, both local and from out of town. Dr. Mounsey offers both laser skin resurfacing and laser skin tightening procedures at Revesse as well as other surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Mounsey has dedicated his practice to a specific type of plastic surgery, allowing him to perfect his techniques and enhance his expertise.
If you would like to learn more about the laser services offered at Revesse, you can schedule a patient consultation with Dr. Mounsey by calling 416-438-2499 or send an email through the Contact page.