Why You Should Avoid Laser Treatments For Facial Scars
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Ivory Aesthetics September 15, 2017
Laser treatments are the fastest way to deal with acne scars and hyperpigmentation, but it can also have various drawbacks on the facial skin.
For some, laser treatments work well in diminishing the appearance of facial scars. However, individuals with certain skin types, skin tones, and medical conditions may suffer an increased risk of developing unpleasant side effects.
Due to the high-intensity effects of laser treatments for most, instead of healing facial scars, it worsens the individual’s facial appearance.
Here are 3 common effects associated with laser treatments for facial scars –
Redness, Swelling, and/or Itching
Traditional laser treatments would physically vaporize the top layer of your skin, leaving it red and raw for months until it heals on its own.
Non-ablative lasers, claim to have no downtime and are less intensive, but facial redness, swelling, and even itching are common post-laser side effects. These symptoms will usually subside after a few days, though “pink” skin may linger for many weeks later.
Demarcation occurs when there’s change in skin colour. Usually, this happens due to loss of pigment in your skin during the laser treatment. It appears like a demarcation line separating the treated skin from the untreated area.
There’s not much you can do to treat demarcation lines, other than trying to depigment the rest of your skin to match the lighter color. Makeup is usually the best (yet impermanent) solution for demarcation lines.
Any kind of treatment that “damages your skin to make it better,” will carry a risk of scarring. The scar will depend on the type of your skin. If you’re prone to scarring or getting keloids, laser skin treatments are risky procedures for you to undertake.
There is, however, a gentler and more recommended alternative to laser treatments for facial scars – Microneedling.
Microneedling is an advanced 90-minute full facial therapy that actively treats deep facial scars. It’s also perfect for reducing pore size and evening out your skin texture.
Our entire Microneedling therapy is combined with Hyaluronic Acid peel specially tailored for your skin concerns, and a full facial mask that hydrates and boosts the deepest layers of your skin.
Even if you don’t have any major skin problems, Microneedling acts as a great anti-aging treatment to give your skin a quick reboot!
To know more about our Microneedling therapy, speak to our skin experts on 04 451 5554.