Laser skin resurfacing is an effective way to achieve smoother, younger looking skin. The procedure has quickly gained popularity among cosmetic physicians as a way to turn back the clock on the skin and repair various types of skin damage. There are a number of different types of lasers available for resurfacing procedures today, allowing the physician to customize treatment to the patient’s specific concerns and desired outcome.
Types of Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments
There are a variety of lasers used for resurfacing procedures today, so physicians can provide various techniques to satisfy the unique needs of their patients. Laser procedures primarily fall into the following categories:
• Non-Ablative Laser Treatment
This procedure treats discoloration of the skin and stimulates collagen growth for subtle results in a series of treatment sessions.
• Ablative Laser Treatment
Ablative treatments remove outer layers of skin, leaving softer smoother skin underneath. The procedure offers more dramatic results, but also involves a higher level of discomfort and more recovery time.
• Fractional Laser Treatment
Innovative fractional lasers offer even greater precision to target specific skin concerns while leaving surrounding skin and tissue untouched. This increases benefit and decreases ‘downtime’.
Skin Concerns Addressed by Laser Resurfacing
Depending on the type of laser treatment used, laser resurfacing may address a host of skin issues, including:
• Fine lines and deeper skin creases
• Shallow scarring
• Small skin growths, tags and warts
• Discoloration, such as age spots
• Improve skin’s appearance and repair sun damage
• Even out skin texture and tone
How it Works
Laser skin resurfacing may take just a few minutes or up to an hour or more to complete, depending on the type of technique used and the size of the treatment area. Treatment is usually performed on an outpatient basis, using topical or local anesthetic to ensure patient comfort throughout the procedure. Non-ablative treatments typically require no downtime afterward, while deep ablative treatments may require up to two weeks of recovery time.
Results of laser skin resurfacing are evident right away and continue to improve in the weeks following the procedure. Ablative skin resurfacing requires just one procedure to achieve desired results, while non-ablative procedures may require a series of treatment sessions.
Laser skin resurfacing is an effective way to produce younger, more beautiful skin. To learn more about this procedure, or schedule a personal consultation, contact Dr. Robert Bowen’s office today.