Laser Resurfacing 101
If you’re interested in battling the signs of aging, one option you may want to consider is laser skin resurfacing.
What is laser resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is a skin resurfacing procedure that uses a laser to improve the skin’s appearance or treat minor facial flaws.
How does it work?
This type of skin rejuvenation uses a light beam aimed at various layers of the skin to try to repair the appearance of wrinkles, discolorations, scars or other age spots.
Laser resurfacing can be done with two types of lasers:
- A wounding (ablative) laser to remove thin layers of skin
- A non-wounding (non-ablative) laser to stimulate collagen growth and tighten underlying skin
What are the benefits?
Laser resurfacing can decrease the appearance of fine lines around your eyes, mouth and cheeks, treat loss of skin tone and improve a sun-damaged or scarred complexion. Laser resurfacing does have some limitations and understanding the specific techniques, risks and possible results can help you decide if it is right for you.
Laser treatment is a newer procedure, but has become popular with skin care specialists and patients for skin rejuvenation because it doesn’t involve the use of the many harsh chemical or treatments that older methods use.