Is it Worth it to Have a Laser Skin Resurfacing?
When you’re considering any elective medical procedure, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have an elective procedure is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of having laser skin resurfacing.
Laser skin resurfacing uses concentrated beams of light to affect the skin. This can reduce the appearance of defects such as fine wrinkles, scars, warts, liver spots, and other similar skin problems. For more on what it’s like to have laser skin resurfacing, please see Laser Skin Resurfacing: the Procedure and Recovery.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential elective surgery with your own doctor(s), including your primary care physician and the provider who will perform your procedure if you decide to proceed.
Any treatment has risks, and it’s important to be aware of them so that you can weigh them against the benefits. Any time the surface of the skin is breached, there’s the risk of infection. This could lead to an aesthetic outcome that’s not ideal, and would require you to take antibiotics. There’s also a risk that there will be scarring around the treated area; although this is rare, it would be permanent. This risk is reduced by choosing a provider who’s knowledgable and experienced in performing laser skin resurfacing.
Another possible risk is the reactivation of previous skin infections. If you have had cold sores around your mouth, then they could become reactivated after laser skin resurfacing. Sometimes, there are acne flare-ups near the treated areas as well.
Additionally, the treated skin will become red and swollen, and will peel a few days after the treatment. For some people, the redness can take up to a year to disappear. (It can safely be covered with makeup after a few days.) The swelling may interfere with vision if it’s near the eye area; in this case, your doctor might prescribe medication to reduce the swelling. There may be hyperpigmentation (the skin being darker than the surrounding skin) in the treated areas. This may occur as a result of inflammation, or because your new skin is extremely sensitive to the sun and may tan easily. You will need adequate sun protection for your face after laser skin resurfacing.
For those with skin problems, laser skin resurfacing can offer a relatively permanent solution. Often, people have been spending money and time on face creams, topical treatments, and makeup, all of which often doesn’t make much of a difference. Laser skin resurfacing can allow people to get this time and money back. This treatment is also focused on a particular area, which can make it a better choice than a chemical peel or facelift for certain types of skin problems that are confined to one area. It avoids potential damage to regions of skin that aren’t affected by the problem. The depth of treatment can also be adjusted to be different in different areas of the face, depending on what is needed in that area.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost to have laser skin resurfacing once is $1,025 to $2,157. This cost varies according to several factors, including the size of the area where laser skin resurfacing will be performed, the region, and the particular clinic. You should check with the provider(s) you’re considering to determine the exact cost. Keep in mind that financing is often available. For more detail, visit our Laser Skin Resurfacing Cost page.