Possible Side Effects of Laser Treatments on your Face

Facial laser treatments are a popular and innovative way to take care of your skin’s health and appearance. You might think that this magical treatment will make your flaws disappear for good.

Laser treatments are a great way to rejuvenate the skin, but you still need to take into consideration the potential side effects.

Laser technology should not be treated lightly and it’s important not to be misinformed. The truth is, that it can do wonders for your skin, but there are some potential side effects that shouldn’t be ignored.

At Arcadia Wellness Center, you will find a team of registered professionals that can lead you through everything there is to know about facial laser treatments. We have the expertise to minimize the potential side effects of the treatment.

Keep on reading to learn about the potential side effects of laser treatments and decide whether this is the right treatment for you.

Most Common Side Effects of Facial Laser Treatments

The potential side effects during or after the procedure depend a lot on the type of laser used for the treatment. The two types of lasers that come into play are ablative and non-ablative.

Ablative lasers burn the outer layers of the skin and by doing so, they stimulate the growth of new collagen fibers. The potential side effects of ablative lasers include:

  • Hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation – meaning that the skin becomes darker or lighter than it was prior to the treatment. Fortunately, this side effect only lasts for the first weeks.
  • Acne might appear only due to applying thick creams after the procedure. There’s also a possibility of developing tiny white bumps (milia) on the treated area.
  • Itching, redness, and swelling that might last for several months.
  • Turning of the eyelid (ectropion) – a rarely occurring side effect if the treatment was done close to the eyelid.
  • Bacterial, viral, or fungal infections. One of the most common is a flare-up of the herpes virus. This happens if the virus is dormant in your skin, and it causes cold sores.
  • Permanent scarring in rare cases. 

Non-ablative lasers are less invasive than ablative ones since they don’t damage any of the skin layers and require almost no downtime. Here are some side effects that this type of laser might have:

  • Redness and mild swelling that lasts a few hours or a couple of days.
  • Infection (flare-up of the herpes virus)
  • Changes in skin color such as hyperpigmentation – the treated area becomes temporarily darker.

If you are taking medications, such as isotretinoin (Accutane) or Aspirin you should tell your dermatologist. The former increases the risk of scarring, while the latter increases the risk of bleeding.

The Importance of a Professional Clinician

Facial laser treatments are a great tool to take care of acne scarring, wrinkles, sun spots, spider veins, or redness. Nonetheless, you should be cautious when it comes to this procedure so that you won’t end up with unsatisfactory results.

The extent of the results depends on your clinician. It can be dangerous for you if the person delivering the procedure doesn’t have medical expertise. You should never trust someone who says that you don’t need a medical consultation prior to the treatment.

We can’t emphasize enough how important sunscreen is before and after the treatment. You should not go to your first session with a tan or a sunburn.

This could have a negative effect on your skin and cause severe burns and discolored skin. Not using sun protection after the treatment, can lead to the development of new scars.

Side Effects of Facial Laser Treatments