What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
It’s amazing what a beam of light can do, especially when it’s used in laser skin resurfacing. Also known as laser peel, laser vaporization or lasabrasion, laser skin resurfacing offers multiple new and improved, safe and approved, ways to solve the skin issues, wrinkles and signs of aging that have been making you feel less than thrilled about your appearance.
Now, without undergoing surgery or getting needles, you can have your physician use a laser to direct short, concentrated pulses of light at your skin’s flaws, removing the outer layer of skin, heating the underlying layers of skin, and by doing that, stimulating your system to create new collagen fibers that keep working long after your laser skin resurfacing treatment to smooth and firm up your skin, correcting a number of minor facial flaws.
Here are just some of the skin issues that laser skin resurfacing can solve for you, as a non-invasive, ultra-targeted and safe cosmetic treatment:
- Fine lines or wrinkles around or under your eyes, forehead or mouth
- Age spots
- Sun-damaged skin
- Acne scars
- Chickenpox scars
- Liver spots
- Uneven skin tones, such as yellowish or grayish skin tones
- Non-responsive skin after a facelift
- Enlarged oil glands on the nose
New technologies and advances in laser skin resurfacing treatments allow your physician an improved level of control, with added precision, in the direction of healing and skin-correcting laser beams, so that it’s just the flaws that are targeted by the laser, with surrounding skin left unharmed.
Laser resurfacing can be performed using two types of lasers:
- An ablative laser, which removes thin layers of skin
- A non-ablative laser, which stimulates collagen growth beneath the skin and also tightens skin in treatment areas.
One example of the most current and revolutionary lasers used for laser skin resurfacing is the Fraxel laser, which is able to treat different layers of skin at different depths, a fraction at a time, and is proven safe and effective for a wide variety of skin conditions. It’s one of the top tools of choice for treating actinic keratosis, a pre-cancerous skin condition, and it can also reduce the size of your pores, fill out uneven skin, and treat the neck, chest and hands as well as the face.
Laser skin resurfacing is conducted in your doctor’s office, and a treatment takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours on average. In a few days, the outer layer of skin falls away, revealing new, smoother, more youthful looking skin that’s plumped and firmer, thanks to the new collagen production happening below the surface. The results are said to resemble that of having a facelift, without the surgery nor the recovery time of an actual facelift, with results looking natural and impressive without being too obvious that you’ve undergone a procedure.