About Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing at Pura Vida Body & Mind Spa is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that uses pulsating beams of light to exfoliate damaged surface skin one layer at a time. The treatment is great for correcting facial lines and wrinkles, and for improving skin blemishes like acne scars, pigmentation, and more. Also called a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is a great facial treatment for patients desiring a softer, clearer, younger complexion. Depending on the concerns of the complexion, the laser will be adjusted accordingly. There is some downtime needed with most laser skin resurfacing procedures, which can be discussed during the patient's consultation at our Fleming Island, FL medical spa.
Types of Laser Treatments
There are 3 types of laser skin resurfacing treatments that are chosen based on your skin's needs. Some are performed for milder cases of skin damage, while others are more aggressive:
- Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers eliminate thin layers of skin, like a deep chemical peel or dermabrasion, with a precision that allows the technician to avoid skin damage. Ablative lasers are best for tightening skin and correcting wrinkles and acne scars.
- Non-Ablative Laser Treatments
Non-ablative lasers do not remove any skin — the light creates micro-damage to the skin to prompt the body's natural healing response. Non-ablative procedures are ideal for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles on patients who are able to wait several months for strong results.
- Fractional Laser Treatments
Fractional lasers are both ablative and non-ablative that create micro-damage in the lower layers of the skin. The skin's automatic healing creates firmer skin. Fractional lasers may also be used to help deep wrinkles, acne scarring, sun damage, and pigmentation problems.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Reviews
"Absolutely beautiful spa and knowledgeable staff. I've had a hydra facial and I'm having laser treatments done on some hyperpigmenation on my face. Amanda knows her stuff and I'm looking forward to more treatments."- M.T. / Yelp / Mar 28, 2018
"If you are looking for a great new spa to go to, check out Pura Vida Body and Mind Spa in Fleming Island. You will feel instantly welcomed the minute you walk in. A soothing and authentic vibe - the staff is great! You can tell right away everyone involved bringing this space to life really took time to make it something special. I actually feel like a guest rather than a dollar sign...so refreshing! They do not accept tips, so don't take offense if they turn you down... it's not personal. There is a cute boutique area of lovely products you can purchase from natural soaps and skin care to bath salts, candles, and other pretty items. There is a salt room, treatment rooms (i.e. laser & massage), and a lounging area. I was very pleased with the professionalism and "cool girl" personality of Amanda (aesthetician). I feel like I can expect solid skincare advice and treatment recommendations specifically tailored for me (rosacea/acne and tattoo removal). I do have to say, I live near Gate Pkwy/JTB, which can be somewhat of a drive at certain times of the day. And I am sure you can imagine, there are many spas around me (I have tried most of them), but I really like this one. I just schedule my times around rush hour and the drive is easy-peasy!"- A.L. / Google / Mar 05, 2018
"Amanda knows her stuff... I cannot even describe her attention to detail, perfectionism, and such care she puts into the health of your skin. I’ve seen her motivation and dedication to understanding every product and procedure done within this spa. She is amazing and I highly recommend her. She really cares and ensures your comfort and satisfaction with every visit. I’ve had 2 Pico Genesis treatments, Visia scanning and a micronutrient body sculpt from her and talk about a woman who wears many hats. Love love her!"- R.H. / Facebook / Apr 24, 2018
There are several factors to take into consideration when deciding which laser peel treatment is right for your skin. Laser skin resurfacing is designed for anyone who is unhappy with their general complexion. If you have sun damage, acne scars, age spots, lines and wrinkles, redness or pigmentation concerns, a laser skin resurfacing treatment can be good to address these cosmetic flaws. In addition, laser skin resurfacing works great for patients who have scaly patches, rough texture, or other irregularities. This treatment is not recommended if you have very dark skin or active acne. Also, it is important to be aware that there is downtime associated with these laser peels. Some patients, depending on the condition of their skin, may need up to 2 – 3 weeks for recovery.
What to expect
If you are undergoing a deeper or more intense laser resurfacing treatment, you may be asked to use a retinoid cream for a few weeks prior to your laser procedure. This helps prepare the skin for better results. Medication will be prescribed prior to the treatment to help minimize pain and for greater relaxation during your session. If your skin needs mild correction, a topical anesthetic will be used to numb certain areas where the laser will target. However, for the full face or more intense laser treatments, some form of sedation may be used. During the procedure, you will relax in our treatment chair while our Cutera Enlighten™ laser glides over the treatment area, precisely targeting the specific sections for resurfacing. You will feel warmth followed by cold air from the built-in cooling system. The laser works to eliminate dead and damaged skin cells, while also stimulating natural collagen production.
For lighter peels, a healing ointment will be applied to the skin and you can return home to recover. The skin will seem red and there will be some irritation and swelling. This should subside within a couple of days and the peeling process will start over a 3 – 5-day timeframe. If you are receiving a more intense laser treatment, your recovery period will be longer. The treated areas will most likely be covered by dressings and the swelling, burning, and irritation side effects will be more intense. Medication can be prescribed to minimize these side effects. The recovery time associated with a deeper laser peel can be 2 – 3 weeks. All patients should reduce their sun exposure after their treatment and apply sun protection frequently. For all peel intensities, the skin will naturally flake, crust, and peel away. It is vital to not interfere with the healing process to both avoid scarring and to protect the treated area at all times from UV exposure. Once the peeling process has been completed, your skin will feel softer while looking clearer, rejuvenated, and younger.
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A Softer, Clearer Complexion
A laser skin resurfacing peel provides excellent results for patients who want a younger-looking complexion. If you are thinking about a laser resurfacing treatment and would like to learn more about them, as well as more nonsurgical treatments Pura Vida offers, we invite you to call our office in Jacksonville, FL today to schedule your consultation with our team.