Laser Skin Resurfacing:
As we age, the collagen and elastin fibers in our skin reduce in quantity, leading the way for wrinkles to appear. Early signs of facial aging can be treated with proper skin care, and mild facial peels. When one begins to develop more significant wrinkles and sun spots, Laser Skin Resurfacing offers tremendous hope to restore the youthful appearance of the skin. By disrupting the water molecules in skin cells with the frequency of the light they emit, they are used to remove unwanted cells of the skin and allow for healthier skin regrowth.
Laser Skin Resurfacing can…
- Improve fine lines and wrinkles of the face
- Smooth and tighten eyelid skin
- Improve crow’s feet around the eyes
- Soften pucker marks and frown lines
- Remove brown spots and splotchy skin color
- Improve and flatten scars
- Repair smoker’s lines
Fraxel Laser Treatment is the latest in laser skin technology which allows for treatment of the skin to improve skin tone and texture, tighten fine lines, improve acne scars, and remove age spots with minimal recovery time. Imagine a laser that can accomplish all of this with minimal recovery time. Using this remarkable technique that treats about one quarter of the skin surface at a time, surrounding untreated skin cells are able to regenerate and heal the area with usual recovery in twenty-four hours. A series of three to four treatments is recommended, about one month apart, for best results. Fraxel lasers belong to the class of Fractionated Lasers, which differ from ablative resurfacing lasers, and have a shorter recovery period.
The Erbium laser is an excellent tool to erase skin age spots, and pigmentation from pregnancy, birth control pills, and aging. It also diminishes the effects of sun aging on the skin. The Erbium laser can be used as a Fractionated Laser, or Ablative Laser depending on skin conditions and desired results.
The CO2 Laser, or Carbon Dioxide Laser, is the strongest laser used to treat the skin. Known as a re-surfacing laser, it penetrates through the outer epidermis and creates collagen tightening within the dermis to markedly reduce facial wrinkles and deep acne scars. Because of its deeper penetration into the skin, the recovery time is longer than other more superficial treatments. The face heals in about ten days, but due to the presence of new immature skin on the surface, the face will have a reddened “wind blown” look for about two to three months as the skin matures.
Facial laser skin treatment is an amazing advancement in our ability to rejuvenate the appearance of the skin in a controlled fashion, and has largely replaced the use of dermabrasion and deep chemical peels by most surgeons. A close working relationship is formed between the patient, surgeon, and the office esthetician, to direct and advise proper skin care through each step of the laser treatment. Sun protection, and skin moisturizing are essential following these treatments.
What Does Laser Resurfacing Treat?
Laser resurfacing treats fine lines and wrinkles, scars, age spots, spider veins, stretch marks, acne scars, birthmarks, uneven pigmentation and precancerous growth. Because laser resurfacing actually removes the top layers of the skin results are more dramatic and last much longer than nonablative lasers or other treatments that do not remove old skin layers.