There are hundreds of different technologies currently available to address the visible signs of skin aging. One such technology is the Laser, which stands for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” Lasers use highly concentrated beams of light energy, and when used for resurfacing, remove the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis. Simultaneously, the laser energy heats the underlying skin called the dermis, and together this procedure will improve the skin’s overall tone and texture to reduce facial wrinkles, dark spots, blemishes and even some scars.
Benefits of a Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment:
- Reduce or minimize lines or wrinkles.
- Reduce appearance of brown spots, redness or discoloration.
- Even out skin tone.
- Facial skin tightening.
- Stimulate collagen production.
- Minimize acne or surgical scars.
Types of Laser Treatments for the Face:
Ablative Lasers: Ablative lasers remove outer layers of skin, called the epidermis, and encourage new skin to regenerate in its place. The depth of laser penetration will depend on the wavelength of the light. Fractionated ablative lasers are being used more frequently because they break up the laser energy into thousands of tiny beams to treat only a small fraction of the skin in the area, which reduces downtime by not completely removing the outer layers of the skin. The improvements from laser resurfacing are long-lasting and dramatic, but they can appear gradually over time as healing and new collagen regeneration take place. It can take many months before you see the final results from the procedure. There is typically some downtime with these procedures that can range from 3-10 days depending on the type of procedure performed.
Non-Ablative Lasers: A non-ablative laser skin rejuvenation treatment uses a laser to improve the appearance of wrinkles, brown spots and minimal or superficial scars by creating heat in the skin without injuring the top layer of the skin. The heat generated by the resurfacing laser promotes collagen production which causes the skin to contract and tighten for a younger and healthier appearance. Non-ablative lasers can also be fractionated, meaning they deliver heat into the skin through thousands of tiny, deep columns known as microthermal treatment zones with normal untreated skin in the surrounding areas. Fractionated lasers allow the skin to heal much faster, reduce the recovery time, and reduce the number of complications that can potentially occur. Oftentimes, multiple sessions are required for optimal results, though there is typically no downtime with non-ablative laser procedures. The skin may experience redness, appear pink, and have a sand-paper type texture for a few days. If you are concerned about the redness, read our blog on how to reduce redness after laser treatment.