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Complications of Laser Skin Therapy

Laser skin therapy is also called facial rejuvenation or laser skin resurfacing.

It enables people to achieve a glowing, new complexion and minimize the signs of aging, all because of a treatment that takes less than an hour. Some laser treatments allow you to continue on with your daily schedule, requiring no downtime. Laser skin therapy is also affordable. No wonder it’s becoming so popular!

Potential Risks and Complications That Should Be Investigated

Extremely Safe Therapy

Laser skin therapy is considered extremely safe, not only because laser technology is so advanced, but also because laser equipment is rapidly improving year after year. As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and complications that should be investigated. These risks can become almost nil if extra care is taken to choose a reputable facility and a licensed practitioner. Dr. Cory Torgerson is a certified head and neck surgeon as well as a certified cosmetic surgeon. He employs qualified personnel to administer the laser therapies he offers. His facial cosmetic and laser centre in Yorkville, Toronto, has received the highest level an out-of-hospital premise can attain from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. By choosing his professional services, you are significantly minimizing any potential for laser skin therapy risks.

Laser therapy is basically administering controlled heat to either the dermis or epidermis layers of the skin. When the equipment is faulty or the practitioner is not experienced, there is a risk of burns to the facial surface. If the incorrect method of laser treatment is used, scarring may also result. For example, some laser therapies are not recommended for people with darker skin tones.

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Conditions That May Be Able To Be Rectified With Further Laser Therapy

Resurfacing The Texture

Laser therapy is an excellent method of resurfacing the texture of the skin and minimizing acne scarring. If it is used before the blemishes have healed properly, it can cause further acne. Dr. Torgerson advises that if Acutane was used as medication to curb acne, the patient wait at least 6 months before undergoing laser therapy, or there is a risk of scarring. The misuse of laser heat can worsen some skin conditions such as dermatitis or cause roseola, a rash or eruption of red skin.

If the patient does not follow a proper cleansing regime following ablative laser therapy, there is a chance of bacterial infection. Also, if the proper antibiotics are not prescribed after some laser skin therapies, it may result in infection. The improper use of lasers can cause changes in the pigmentation of the skin. Hyperpigmentation results in pink, red, or brown spots on the face. Hypopigmentation removes the natural skin tone. Either of these conditions may be able to be rectified with further laser therapy.

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