Laser Skin Rejuventation
Laser skin rejuvenation is a popular treatment option for restoring aging skin to a smoother and more youthful appearance. This includes several different noninvasive techniques used to treat wrinkles, sun damage, sagging skin, brown spots, spider veins and more.
Different types of laser treatments are used to treat different skin conditions. There are two basic types of laser skin rejuvenation treatments: ablative and non-ablative.
Non-ablative treatments do not burn away skin tissue, but use laser energy to stimulate collagen growth and tighten underlying skin. Non-ablative rejuvenation is gentler than ablative and requires less downtime, but may necessitate more treatment sessions and may yield less dramatic results.
In general, non-ablative laser treatments are used when the repair needed is less extensive. Also, non-ablative treatments are recommended for people of color for whom ablative resurfacing may be more likely to cause unsightly changes in pigmentation.
Advantages of Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Laser skin rejuvenation offers patients many advantages over traditional resurfacing procedures such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion, as it practically eliminates side effects such as discomfort, bleeding and bruising.
Results from laser treatments are usually not immediate and can take several months to appear. Several sessions may be needed in order to reach the patient's desired results, but laser techniques are often effective in completely eliminating age spots and other concerns.
Although safer than traditional resurfacing procedures, there are some risks associated with laser skin rejuvenation, such as unwanted lightening or darkening of the treated area or scarring. However, these risks are considered rare, and most patients undergo these procedures with no major complications.
Recovery from Non-ablative Laser Rejuvenation
After treatment, patients may experience redness and peeling at the treated site as the skin heals. The duration of these side effects varies, but is commonly several days. Ice packs may ease discomfort and improve appearance. Normal activities can be resumed during healing, and makeup may be applied to camouflage any unwanted, evidence of treatment.