Laser skin rejuvenation has come a very long way. Patients of all ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds have found benefits in addressing common skin complaints ranging from acne scarring to melasma and more! Laser treatments certainly won’t be slowing down any time soon, so if you’re interested in getting your first laser treatment with our incredibly knowledgeable and experienced team at Toronto’s Elements Spa, here are 5 things that you should know first.

1. There Are Many Lasers For Many Different Skin Conditions

Don’t assume that all lasers treat the same conditions. Some lasers provide a more aggressive skin treatment while others are more gentle or target a different pigment or characteristic of the skin. CO2 lasers, for example, work harder to remove the top layer of dead skin to encourage the skin to renew and regenerate. Other more gentle lasers provide less dramatic results but also allow for less possible downtime.

2. Your Skin Type is Very Unique

There is never a one size fits all approach to laser skin resurfacing. Depending on your skin colour and type, your treatment and laser will need to be highly customized for optimal results while addressing your unique skin concerns. Some lasers will be best suited for one group of patients while your skin may require a different laser to address similar results. 

3. Downtime?

Depending on the laser skin rejuvenation treatment you undergo, some more aggressive laser treatments will require recovery time. Recovery may include red skin, peeling, and/or swelling. Peeling skin should be left alone to heal without interference as new fresher skin slowly makes its way into the new dermis layer of skin. While some of these laser treatments do require some patience, patients typically don’t mind as their rejuvenation and refreshing results are worth it.

4. Your Skincare Routine

You should always compliment your laser session with a simple yet effective skincare routine both before and after your laser treatment. This routine will set your skin up for a great laser rejuvenation session while encouraging the skin to recover more quickly after the treatment and maintain the treatment’s results. Of course, always use sunscreen and stay hydrated!

5. Your Results Will Depend on Your Technician

Always, always choose a qualified laser technician who is experienced and can create a tailored treatment plan for your specific skin type and needs. No matter how good the laser is, if handled inappropriately not only can it leave you with poor results, but it can also cause permanent damage to your skin. Do your research and make sure to choose your technician based on their qualifications and experience rather than a coupon deal to get you in the door. After all, the skin on your face is crucial and integral to your appearance so treat it as such by choosing someone who has ample experience.

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