13 Jun Let’s Discuss Laser Skin Resurfacing – Things You Should Know
Laser skin resurfacing is a proven way to help reduce wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and other blemishes as well as tighten skin and balance tone. However, because lasers can do so much, and vary widely in how they act on your skin, it is difficult to know where to start when researching treatment.
It is important to be informed, not overwhelmed. Let’s take a step back from all the hype and find out the key things you need to know about laser skin resurfacing.
Laser Skin Resurfacing – The Laser Options
The simple reason that there are so many different laser options is that no one laser can treat all patients and all skin concerns. Here are a few types of laser options you are likely to come across as you research laser skin resurfacing.
• CO2 Lasers are generally ablative lasers used to treat scars, warts, wrinkles and other deeper skin flaws.
• Erbium Lasers can be ablative or non-ablative. They promote collagen remodeling, making them popular options for treating fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, and age spots.
• Pulsed-Dye Lasers are typically non-ablative lasers that heat the skin and absorb pigments to reduce redness, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, and rosacea.
• Fractional Lasers break up the laser energy into thousands of tiny beams to treat only a fraction of the skin in the area, which reduces downtime. Fractional lasers can be ablative or nonablative and are used to treat many age-related blemishes.
• IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments technically are not lasers but are often used to treat similar concerns as lasers, such as sun damage, acne, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation.
The good news is you don’t have to determine what laser option is right for you on your own: Spectrum Dermatology will be able to recommend the best treatment for you based on your skin type, among other doctors.
Am I A Good Candidate For Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a very effective procedure for patients with lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, or superficial facial scars such as acne scarring that does not respond to gentler treatments.
The ideal candidate for laser skin resurfacing has elastic, non-oily skin that is not prone to scarring after minor injury. It is usually best that laser skin resurfacing be performed on a person who is free of any medical considerations, including prescription medication and existing health conditions that could cause unnecessary risk during the procedure or recovery period.
Laser Skin Resurfacing with Spectrum Dermatology
Cosmetic laser skin resurfacing treatments can help reduce the effects that sun exposure, aging, and acne has on the skin to reveal a healthier, younger-looking complexion. Spectrum Dermatology can help you find your way through the plethora of information and come up with a viable plan for you. Contact Spectrum Dermatology at (480) 948-8400 and set up your consultation today.