The skin is going to age no matter what we do. However, studies have shown that the modern lifestyle that includes tanning, smoking, and unhealthy dietary habits can exacerbate an already concerning problem. Because more people have become interested in nonsurgical remedies for facial aging, we want to touch on the benefits of laser skin resurfacing. This modality is a safe and effective way to reverse years of damage caused by lifestyle habits and can be an excellent addition to most people’s antiaging plan.
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Several laser treatments have been developed in the last decade. Laser resurfacing, also called a laser peel, is a technique in which high-intensity beams of laser energy are emitted in microscopic beams. These beams may penetrate or evaporate the uppermost layer of skin cells, depending on the exact treatment that is performed. In our office near San Jose, popular treatment options include CO2 laser resurfacing and fractionated laser resurfacing.
Both types of laser treatment can achieve dramatic results by vaporizing skin that has become spotted, loose, and rough. The old, dull layers of skin cells are removed and new cells are provided with more collagen from stimulated fibroblasts. These new cells are brighter, firmer, and more resilient. According to research, the results from laser skin resurfacing can last from 3 to 5 years. The success of treatment can also be maximized with healthy habits like:
Preventing Sun Damage
Whether you have already undergone laser skin resurfacing or you have a treatment scheduled in the future, adding daily sun protection is one of the best steps you can take now. Ultraviolet rays in sunshine are highly damaging to the skin. UV light degrades collagen and is known as one of the leading causes of premature aging. Protection is not difficult so there is no excuse for not practicing good sun habits. It is said that wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) can extend the benefits of laser treatment for up to 2 years.
The body is mostly water. That includes the skin. Therefore, the recommendation that we drink 8 glasses of water a day is not one to ignore. Some studies suggest that this recommendation is only a vague foundation, that women can consume up to 96 oz of water a day and men 120 oz for optimal benefit. It isn’t difficult to stay hydrated when you space out your water consumption between the time you wake up and about mid-afternoon.
Focusing on Nutrition
What we feed the body feeds the skin. Luckily, we can feed the body well in several ways. Several cups of leafy greens each day are one way. Another way to make sure your skin gets what it needs is to take supplements. One of the best supplements to consume for healthy, vibrant skin is vitamin C. Not just any vitamin C, though, but a time-released supplement. This enables you to take about 1,000 mg a day without any stomach upset. Vitamin E is a nutrient that can be taken or applied topically to promote healthy cell formation.
The skin can thrive with a few good habits. In addition to eating well, hydrating, and protecting your skin, make sure you also cleanse and exfoliate to maintain the results of laser skin resurfacing.
Don’t have your laser treatment on the books yet? Do it now. Contact our office near San Jose at (408) 559-4700 to schedule your rejuvenating treatment.