Will Laser Skin Resurfacing Work on Skin of Color?

Keeping your skin healthy and free of blemishes is a top priority for many. African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Asian-Americans, however, may struggle with finding the right skin care regimen that won’t cause damage or discoloration. Fortunately, Dermatology Southeast offers advanced laser skin resurfacing technology that makes it possible for all of our clients to enjoy wonderful results.

But how does laser skin resurfacing work, and what kinds of issues does it treat for people with skin of color? At our private practice, you can learn from a dermatologist specializing in skin of color. We can perform a custom assessment and choose the right laser treatment to meet your aesthetic goals. Contact our dynamic team in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach, FL to schedule your consultation.

The benefits of ethnic laser treatment

If you have ethnic skin, you may have run into some difficulty finding a skin care treatment that provides you with beneficial outcomes. This is because some lasers are too abrasive and could affect your natural pigmentation. Dermatology Southeast knows that it takes a certain level of skill to address skin of color with lasers. We have the distinction of providing quality services specifically designed to treat a range of skin tones and types.

Laser skin resurfacing is an effective and safe cosmetic procedure to rejuvenate your skin. When used correctly, it can remove fine lines and creases, acne scars, and blemishes all at the same time. It can even repair skin affected by natural aging and sun damage. When you schedule your consultation, we can help you familiarize yourself with ethnic laser treatment solutions and what to avoid when taking an active role in your skin health.

How does laser skin resurfacing work?

Laser skin resurfacing is performed at our clinic in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach, FL. There are two different kinds of lasers to choose from based on your goals and available downtime. An ablative laser removes a thin outer layer of skin and heats the underlying skin to stimulate the growth of new collagen. As the outer layer regrows, it becomes smoother and tighter. Some ablative treatments include the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser and the erbium laser, although a combination treatment may be recommended.

A non-ablative laser also stimulates collagen growth to improve your complexion, but uses lower energy levels and does not remove the outer layer of skin. This approach is less invasive and requires less recovery time than other options. For these reasons and more, a non-ablative laser may be the ideal procedure for people with ethnic skin. The final outcome, however, may also be less dramatic when compared to ablative lasers. Our professionals can help you make a decision about which laser type will suit your skin the best.

Following your appointment

Following ethnic laser treatment, Dermatology Southeast provides a specialized ointment for optimal healing. Patients are then free to return home and recover. Based on whether you chose an ablative or non-ablative laser procedure, you may experience some redness and irritation with mild swelling. These side effects are minimal and should go away within 24 – 48 hours. Our professionals will also give you guidelines about how to take care of your skin during this time.

Although patients with skin of color can be effectively treated with lasers, recovery is a sensitive time, and patients should handle themselves with care. Your skin may begin to flake and peel off, but we ask that you do not pick at the healing skin to prevent injury to the tissue. This flaking usually lasts 3 – 5 days. We also suggest using plenty of sun protection and avoiding exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. The treated skin will feel smoother and softer after the peeling stops.

Find a dermatologist specializing in skin of color

Treating ethnic skin with lasers requires special experience, skill, and state-of-the-art equipment. Dermatology Southeast is proud to address people of every skin complexion, ranging from fair to dark. At our clinic in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach, FL, patients can rest assured that they are getting optimum care from a dermatologist specializing in skin of color. We know that laser skin resurfacing offers amazing results for individuals who want to attain younger, smoother-looking skin. If you are considering this procedure and would like to learn more, call us today for an appointment. We look forward to building a custom skin consultation for you.