How Does Laser Resurfacing Work?

It used to be that if you really wanted to look younger, you had to undergo invasive cosmetic surgery. But these days, modern advances have made it possible for you to target unwanted fine lines and wrinkles through laser resurfacing technology.

Laser treatment before and after can reveal dramatic results with less discomfort and less recovery time than traditional surgery.

So what are your options?

Non-ablative (non-wounding) laser skin resurfacing.

Laser energy is used to damage collagen beneath the surface of the skin. This process stimulates the growth of new collagen, which in turn tightens the underlying skin and improves skin tone and texture.

This technique requires a series of treatments. Prior to treatment, a skin numbing agent may be applied to minimize discomfort. Following treatment, the skin will be temporarily red and swollen, but most patients can resume normal routines right away.

Ablative (wounding) laser skin resurfacing.

Laser energy is used to destroy the epidermis (the outer layer of skin), while also heating the dermis underneath. This process leads to collagen destruction and eventual regrowth.

Treatment is completed at a surgical facility and requires a numbing agent or anesthesia. Following treatment, the skin will be raw and swollen for a few days – and a full recovery will take about two weeks. Results are often dramatic and can last for several years.

Fractional laser resurfacing.

This approach uses the same laser technology of ablative and non-ablative laser technology. This difference is that fractional lasers emit tightly spaced columns of laser energy over broad areas of skin. Less damage occurs and healing time is minimized. The final results are comparable to more traditional approaches, but several treatments may be necessary to achieve desired results.

Are you interested in laser skin resurfacing? Contact us to set up a personal consultation. You’ll have the chance to look at laser treatment before and after photos and discuss your candidacy for treatment.

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