Spots, Scars, and Stretch Marks: Lasers Can Treat Them All

Even the best skin care routine can fall short in the face of common skin problems like acne scars, age spots, sun damage, stretch marks, and fine lines and wrinkles. The good news is that you don’t have to live with skin imperfections that were once considered permanent or resort to wearing thick layers of makeup to hide blemishes and imperfections. 

Here at Laser MD Cosmetics, Dennis L. Clark, MD, offers laser therapy and other minimally invasive and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments to reveal healthier, younger looking skin at any age.

Lasering away skin imperfections

Laser skin resurfacing treatments work by removing surface layers of the skin to make room for new skin cells to form. When the scarred, wrinkled, or otherwise damaged layers of skin are removed, the body’s natural healing response kicks in, and the result is a boost in collagen and elastin production, which tends to decline with age. 

We can use laser resurfacing on your entire face or localized areas like your forehead, your cheeks, and around your mouth and eyes. It can be done as a stand-alone procedure, but in many cases, it’s combined with other aesthetic treatments like dermal fillers or Botox® to give you the best results possible.

Types of aesthetic laser treatments

Laser skin resurfacing is an ablative procedure, which removes layers of skin in order to spur the growth of healthy new skin cells for smoother, tighter, and younger looking skin. 

There are also non-ablative lasers like IPL (intense pulsed light) which triggers collagen and elastin production by focusing the light energy under the skin, without removing any skin from your face. Dr. Clark offers the photofacial using IPL to treat problems like freckles, sun damage, acne, and spider veins.

With photofacials, you may experience some redness and swelling following the procedure, but there is virtually no downtime, so you can go about your day as normal after a treatment, which typically requires one to three sessions, depending on your needs. 

But if you have a laser resurfacing treatment, you will need to wear a bandage over the treated area and will have to clean the treated area several times a day to ensure that it heals properly. You also have to take some precautions in the weeks leading up to the procedure, such as quitting smoking and refraining from using certain medications. 

During your consultation, Dr. Clark goes over your options and makes recommendations for the best treatments based on your skin type.

You may not have much, if any, control over the development of scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and stretch marks, but you can do something about them. For more information about laser resurfacing and other aesthetic treatments that fit your needs and skin care goals, call us at Laser MD Cosmetics today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clark.

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