18 Jan Choose Your Laser Resurfacing Level
When it comes to laser skin resurfacing, there are a number of lasers and “levels” available depending on your skin and goals. True laser resurfacing is highly effective but also intense. It can require some downtime for fairer or sensitive skin. This type of resurfacing works well for age spots, lines and wrinkles, discoloration, and hyperpigmentation. It provides impressive results and tightens skin laxity.
Some of the most effective lasers are CO2 lasers. As expected, the more aggressive the laser, the more downtime required. CO2 laser treatments take around 60 minutes and follow up appointments may be needed for optimal results. You can expect the skin to be red, swollen, and even peel post-treatment. The total recovery time is about two weeks, but many people go about their activities of daily living within 48 hours—they just don’t plan any special events or outings for a couple of weeks.
Fractional lasers are moderate and deliver energy with tiny dots instead of a continuous laser. However, fractional lasers will also require multiple treatments since they’re “peppering” the skin instead of fully covering it (such as with CO2 lasers). Within the fractional laser family, there are a variety of applicators and wavelengths available, so you and your technician are able to customize results and manage downtime.
The eMatrix laser resurfacing treatment is a perfect choice for a middle-ground laser. The downtime is much less than with a CO2, but the results also won’t be as significant. However, if you have fine lines, less pigmentation, and simply want a moderate result, it’s a great pick that will require minimal recovery time.
For those interested in a light resurfacing, IPL is a favorite at Spectrum Dermatology. With virtually no downtime, it’s a “lunchtime” procedure, and you can immediately go about your day. These lighter resurfacings require more frequent visits given the mild treatment.
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No matter which type of laser you choose, they all treat skin imperfections and can be personalized to suit your needs. Reduce fine lines and wrinkles, smooth and tighten the skin, reduce crow’s feet, and even minimize scars. Contact Spectrum Dermatology to schedule your consultation and discover which laser is right for you.