Having a Laser Skin Procedure? Important Information You Need to Know

As technology evolves and more skin care advancements are made, some people are seeking professional treatments such as laser skin procedures in an effort to improve skin concerns such as lightening brown spots and broken capillaries. While we don’t offer this treatment at my skin care spas in Dallas, I certainly know they can be beneficial, so I refer our clients to various doctors in our area when I feel their skin would benefit from such a procedure.

Recently I was having a conversation with a friend of my mother’s, a woman in her early 60′s, and she was telling me that she had gone through a series of laser procedures to help lighten her brown spots and had been very happy with the results.

So immediately going into esthetician mode I said, “Great! Are you using a skin lightener?” She replied, “A what? No, I don’t think so.”

I can’t tell you how many times that I have had this conversation with people. They go in for a laser “fix” only to not be given proper instructions on how to maintain the results they have achieved. Why does this happen? Unlike estheticians, many dermatologists don’t spend as much of their time on daily skin care, but rather they can be more focused on treating skin diseases, prescribing medicine and giving aggressive treatments, such as mole removal and laser skin procedures. So I’m not surprised when I hear this, it’s simply the way it is. I see it like a personal trainer versus a nutritionist. They both have expertise in getting a person healthy and well, but just different areas of expertise – and there is a need for both…

Specifically, when it comes to brown spots, if your skin is prone to them, then the melanin cells will always trigger with heat, sun and exercise. So doing everything you can to keep melanin activity to a minimum is a must for the long term results of laser treatments. And you do that by using a skin lightening product like our Vitamin C&E Treatment.

Read: Why January is the Best Month for Brown Spots

And as for redness and broken capillaries, it’s so important to use skin care products focused on being anti-inflammatory and anti-redness like our Soothing Relief Serum to keep capillaries strong.

Read: Sensitive Skin? Tips to Keep Skin Calm

If you’ve had laser skin procedures, then no doubt you have spent a lot of money on getting them, so be sure to put in the effort into your home care routine to give you longer results!

And here’s the most important skin tip of all to maintain the results of any professional treatment: The best anti-aging creams and serums are useless if you’re not protecting your skin from daily UV exposure.

Wearing a good broad-spectrum sunscreen 365 days a year, inside or out, rain or shine is a must!

Read: Plastic Surgeon, Cosmetic Dermatologist or Esthetician: What is the Best Approach for Your Skin?

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  1. I had laser skin care treatments a few years back for acne. I was given immediate care instructions (because I looked like Barron Harkonen out of Dune for a few days when my skin bubbled up) but long term care – dermatologist only went into minimal skincare instruction. Then she moved to Florida. Now I have a dermatologist who literally keeps his mouth shut about skin care and focuses entirely on treatment, not on on-going care. It stinks.

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