What to Know Before Undergoing Laser Treatment for Better Skin

What to Know Before Undergoing Laser Treatment for Better Skin

Acne laser & Light treatment

See yourself in the best version with Laser treatment. 

Do you want clearer, brighter, and beautiful skin that is free from various skin problems? Rejuvenating treatments are more accessible now, with multiple services that you can choose. Chemical peels, Dermal fillers, and Botox are just some cosmetic treatments that will treat specific skin problems and signs of aging, such as acne scars, wrinkles, sunspots, and loose skin. But if you want a jazzed-up result, nothing is more effective than Laser treatment.

Laser treatment or Skin resurfacing is a renewal treatment that uses focused light to target skin conditions to improve the appearance of the client. If you plan to have a laser treatment, read on for the most important things you should know about the treatment.

1. Different treatments for Skin Laser 

  • Ablative

Ablative lasers are the most powerful category of skin resurfacing. It works by removing the outer layer of the outer skin (epidermis) and superheating the water on the second layer of the skin (dermis) that causes the controlled vaporization. This will stimulate the skin to heal and regrow new collagen fiber. This type of laser will make the skin smoother and tighter. Ablative lasers are available in the following treatments:

  • CO2 Lasers

This treatment is being offered for years now. Despite the possible risks after the procedure (such as hyperpigmentation), it is still one of the most popular Skin lasers that clients trust in the renewal of the skin. The benefits of this CO2 include the reduction of wrinkle appearance, acne scars, warts, and shrink the augmented oil glands on the nose that will be visible after two to three weeks. But it will take three to six months before seeing the full effect of the treatment. 

  • Erbium

For an aggressive yet effective treatment with lesser side effects, Erbium is the one. Unlike CO2, Erbium has minimal side effects, including redness, swelling, and bruising on the treated area. Still, it benefits the skin and giving it an even skin tone, less appearance of hyperpigmentation and discoloration, melasma, and fine lines.  

  • Nonablative

Nonablative is the gentler type of laser treatment than Ablative. Unlike Ablative, which targets the top layer of the skin to stimulate the growth of new skin, Nonablative uses lower energy to penetrate the deeper tissue. This treatment is a mild laser that requires lesser downtime and poses fewer side effects. It works for people with darker skin complexion because they have a lower risk of hyperpigmentation. The downside is it takes multiple sessions and a long time before seeing the difference in the skin. 

  • Fractionated

Fractionated is the medium version of the Ablative and Nonablative lasers. The laser energy is fragmentized into tiny beams that destroy the target skin problem. Since it does not eliminate the adjoining skin tissues, it allows lesser downtime. It effectively treats aging skin conditions and specializes in targeting concerns based on the type of fractionated laser used in the treatment (Fraxel restore, Fraxel repair, Fractionated CO2 laser, and Fractora)


Laser treatments give powerful and dynamic improvements on the skin depending on skin laser treatment received. Generally, skin laser treatments effectively treat:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Sunspots
  • Red and brown spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Skin laxity

Skin laser treatment is best for you if you have any of the following:

  • Acne scar
  • Chickenpox scarring
  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Birthmarks
  • Age spot
  • Sunspot
  • Non-responsive skin after a facelift
  • Fine lines and Wrinkles
  • Augmented oil glands on your nose

 Health risks

Before the treatment, a consultation is required if you want to undergo skin laser treatment. During these times, you should be completely honest with your health condition that may restrict you from having laser treatment or may affect and alter the expected result. 

If you are taking or previously taken medication, you should let your doctor know to assess if the medication will deter the healing process. Conditions such as diabetes and chronic disease can also affect the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.

Skin laser may not be the best option for you if you fall in any of the following:

  • Smoking
  • Have an active acne
  • Deep wrinkles
  • Have a very dark skin
  • Excessive sagging skin

 Work with a dermatologist.

The effectiveness of the treatment and your lifestyle will affect how the laser treatment works on your skin. Another factor that will affect the result of your treatment is your practitioner’s skill in administering the treatment. You should be aware of your practitioner’s ability and experiences in administering a laser treatment. 

A dermatologist can give you a proper assessment and suggest the best treatment for your type of skin and skin concern.


After the treatment, you may experience redness and sensitive skin. Stinging and swelling may last a few days. In between 5-7 days, you may feel that your skin is dry and peel. The new skin will reveal. Improvements on the skin will gradually show in two to three months. 

While on the downtime, you should follow these some advice to recover fast and not affect the result of skin laser treatment:

  • Cleanse the treatment site two to five times daily or as prescribed by your dermatologist.
  • For the next 24 to 48 hours, a cold compress will help ease the stinging of the treated area.
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment or occlusive moisturizer on the treated area twice daily until your skin heals. 
  • Avoid additional treatments after laser treatment for two weeks to a month. 
  • Do not smoke before and during the treatment.

 Multiple treatments

Skin laser, depending on the treatment, may require you multiple session to complete. If you want to add skin laser treatment to your skincare routine, it is recommended that you take four weeks before undergoing another laser treatment. 

Skin laser treatment is one of the most effective rejuvenating treatments that is being practiced for years. There is a reason why clients are coming and coming back to undergo the treatment. If you want to see significant changes in your skin, PB Medspa in Brooklyn can help you get the right treatment for your skin.