Skin problems are one of the most common causes of insecurity for people of all ages. As soon as hormone-driven breakouts subside, new issues—like wrinkles and sun spots—start to arise. More frustrating still, many of these problems don’t respond favorably to topical treatments, because their origins lie deep in the dermis. Instead, they require a more thorough form of treatment: Laser skin resurfacing.
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
Cosmetic laser devices use pulses of light to gently vaporize dead and damaged skin cells. This process creates both immediate and long-term improvements in skin condition. Blemishes, like acne scars, fine lines, and sun spots, are removed directly by the ablative action of the laser. At the same time, by heating the connective tissues within the dermis, laser devices trigger the production of collagen. Collagen makes the skin stronger, healthier, and more elastic.
Laser skin treatments have become a popular choice for patients owing to their versatility and lack of significant side effects. Most laser treatments require absolutely no downtime, and they don’t cause the skin to peel, bleed, or flake. Patients may notice mild redness or minor localized scabbing following the treatment of pigmented lesions, but both of these side effects typically resolve within three to five days. Cool compresses and over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs are usually all that’s needed to ensure a completely comfortable recovery from laser skin therapy.
The Top 3 Laser Skin Treatments
1. The Photofacial
The Photofacial uses a unique form of laser energy known as “broadband light” to rejuvenate the skin. Broadband light can emit several different wavelengths, whereas conventional lasers emit just one wavelength. The Photofacial system can, therefore, be calibrated to effectively treat a wide range of skin problems, such as rosacea, wrinkles and fine lines, areas of thick or rough skin, spider veins, and sun spots.
2. Intense Pulsed Light Therapy
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is one of the gentlest and most effective treatments for chronic, severe acne. This treatment uses short but intense “pulses” of light to kill the bacteria that causes acne. It also stimulates the production of collagen, reduces inflammation, and shrinks the size of pores. Reducing pore size makes cleansing easier and deprives acne-causing bacteria of the dark, oily environment it needs to thrive. IPL treatment can even reduce the size and depth of acne scars over the course of multiple treatments by gradually removing damaged skin cells.
3. The Micro Laser Peel
The micro laser peel offers a less invasive alternative to conventional chemical peeling. Rather than targeting specific problem areas, the micro laser peel applies light energy to the whole of the face. This broad, gentle beam of light vaporizes dead, damaged, and aged skin cells located in the uppermost layer of the skin. This process both removes superficial blemishes and stimulates the production of collagen, thereby making the skin smoother and tighter.
Laser therapy proves that medical-grade skincare doesn’t have to be painful or intimidating. If you’d like to learn more about how laser devices can improve the condition of your skin, feel free to contact us. During your personal consultation, we’ll give you the guidance you need to achieve a radiant, lasting glow.