Does your skin look aged or dull? Do you struggle with lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, unwanted freckles, or age spots? Laser skin resurfacing is the most powerful non-surgical option for revitalizing skin and addressing a few issues. There are several effective lasers on the market, but not all dermatology clinics offer the right laser technology for you. Spectrum Dermatology proudly features the best lasers available and is home to one of the largest collections of lasers in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area.
Laser skin resurfacing removes the top layers of damaged skin while encouraging collagen and elastin production below the surface. When the skin heals, it reveals “new,” younger-looking and undamaged skin hiding below the surface. Our skin cells are constantly being regenerated, but optimization of the turnover rate and collagen production is possible with the use of laser skin resurfacing.
There are three types of lasers: Fractional ablative lasers, fractional non-ablative lasers, and fully ablative CO2 lasers. All lasers remove layers of skin, but the primary difference is in downtime. The more aggressive the laser is, the better the results—but the longer the recovery period. Fractional lasers, whether ablative (open-wound) or non-ablative, utilize an energy pattern of dots instead of a “sheet” of lasers. Due to this delivery method, you will need multiple sessions when choosing a fractional laser treatment.
There are many benefits to laser skin resurfacing, no matter which laser you choose. The best lasers offer:
CO2 laser skin resurfacing is the most aggressive option, and suitable for treating deeper lines, wrinkles, and other skin issues. For best results, skin preparation is essential. The total treatment takes one hour, and follow-up appointments are necessary to track results and healing.
Immediately after CO2 laser skin resurfacing, skin will become red, swollen, and may start peeling. It will become raw looking in the days following the procedure, and potentially crusty. Recovery takes two weeks on average, and it is important to avoid sun exposure during this time. A special ointment, Aquaphor, will be given to clients. Following at-home care is a must for optimal results.
One of the most popular laser skin resurfacing technologies is the Lumenis Ultrapulse CO2 laser. It delivers a fractional (dotted) laser to small areas. This option uses both CO2 and YAG wavelengths, making it easy to customize results for each patient. In areas where deeper CO2 delivery is desired or lighter YAG is needed, the laser can easily switch back and forth between the two settings.
Further customization is available via the ActiveFX, DeepFX, or TotalFX options. It is the most flexible laser on the market, and personalization helps minimize downtime and side effects.
What’s the difference between a traditional CO2 laser and the newer UltraPulse Fractional CO2 laser? Traditional CO2 treatments are delivered in a solid sheet, which is effective but means more downtime than any other laser. It is very aggressive, but few clients require the deepest delivery in every part of the treated area.
Fractional delivery, such as with the UltraPulse fractional CO2 laser, is less aggressive and designed to treat specific areas. This technology combines CO2 with YAG, so there is less down time and recovery is easier. However, for clients who want large areas treated, such as their full face or chest, UltraPulse fractional CO2 might not be the best approach.
Lumenis AcuPulse is a type of ablative (open wound) laser skin resurfacing treatment. It is somewhere between UltraPulse Laser Skin Resurfacing and eMatrix Skin Rejuvenation. It is not as aggressive as UltraPulse CO2 laser therapy, and down time is only a few days. AcuPulse is equipped with a SuperPulse mode that mimics UltraPulse for key areas. However, with less thermal damage, it is a great fit for light skin resurfacing. It can treat all types of scars, wrinkles, and even skin tags.
The eMatrix laser is a type of sublative rejuvenation treatment for light skin rejuvenation. It is much gentler than CO2 laser therapy, and uses radiofrequency for delivery. Those with light scars or wrinkles can enjoy fantastic results from eMatrix. There is almost no downtime, so clients can immediately return to their daily activities.
– Susan, Actual Patient*
Laser skin resurfacing can greatly improve skin appearance by making it clearer, tighter, and smoother. Whether you want to treat specific areas or prefer to have full areas revitalized, there is a laser technology to suit your needs. However, at-home care and especially aftercare can make a huge difference. Protecting the skin daily with sunscreen and protective clothing can help slow down the aging process, prevent sun damage, and extend the results of laser skin resurfacing.
Spectrum Dermatology is proud to be home to one of the biggest laser skin technology collections in the region. Are you ready to enjoy skin that looks younger and healthier? Contact one of our four office locations in the Phoenix/Scottsdale areas by calling (480) 948-8400.