Will I Have Swelling After RF Plasma Skin Resurfacing?
At Sereno Santé in San Jose, CA, experienced, board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Maia Chakerian uses ALMA Opus® RF Resurfacing to help give patients clearer, more even, and younger-looking skin. This state-of-the-art plasma technology can effectively treat multiple skin issues without causing as much redness and swelling as other laser treatments.
While downtime after laser resurfacing can vary, patients can expect to experience some redness and swelling. Below, we'll look at what you can expect from your recovery after getting the ALMA Opus RF plasma skin resurfacing treatment.
How does RF plasma skin resurfacing work?
Skin resurfacing using ALMA Opus is a nonsurgical option that can treat many skin irregularities, including:
Fine lines and wrinkles
Hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone
Rough skin texture
Acne and other scars
Sagging skin and stretch marks
The system works by using a laser to remove damaged skin cells layer by layer. The laser targets only the damaged skin cells and encourages the regeneration of healthy cells in their place by stimulating the production of collagen.
What can I expect after RF plasma skin resurfacing?
Lasers create micro-injuries in the skin and remove layers of damaged skin cells. That's why it's natural for patients to experience some redness and swelling after treatment as the body builds its healing response.
As a result, patients who get any resurfacing treatment should avoid further aggravating skin by abstaining from harsh cleansers, exfoliation, and sun exposure in the days after the procedures. For more intense treatments, patients may need to take special care of their skin for a few weeks.
While the skin heals from the laser skin resurfacing, the skin may crust, flake, or peel. Patients should avoid picking at their skin during this time, which may cause unintended damage. Dr. Chakerian can provide or recommend a soothing ointment to protect the skin during this healing time.
As collagen regenerates over the next few weeks, skin treated with the ALMA Opus laser will begin to heal and appear smoother, brighter, and more even.
How long does it take swelling to go down after RF skin resurfacing?
It's common to experience redness and swelling after laser treatment. This is a natural response, and it should subside in 24 – 48 hours.
One of the benefits of the ALMA Opus RF skin resurfacing treatment is that the radiofrequency device is more gentle than other lasers, even though it's just as effective. As a result, it doesn't create the same kind of skin damage and subsequent inflammatory response that other laser resurfacing treatments do.
The plasma resurfacing technology heats up collagen receptors in the skin, so the healing process is kick-started, and any redness and swelling that occurs should subside more quickly. Patients often prefer the Opus plasma RF treatment because it requires less downtime than other laser treatments.
Get RF plasma skin resurfacing in San Jose, CA
Board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Maia Chakerian offers skilled RF plasma skin resurfacing treatment to patients in the San Jose, CA area. Your treatment recommendation will vary according to your skin issues and current skin condition. That's why Dr. Chakerian offers personalized consultations to those interested in learning more about the ALMA Opus treatment.
Schedule a consultation at Sereno Santé to learn if this RF plasma skin resurfacing is suitable for your unique skin care needs.