What is Laser Skin Rejuvenation?
Laser skin rejuvenation is a group of popular treatment options for restoring aging skin to a smoother and more youthful appearance. Skin rejuvenation lasers work by hitting the irregular skin with direct, concentrated pulsating beams. In turn, these beams remove skin layer by layer. Laser skin rejuvenation is a noninvasive technique that can treat wrinkles, sun damage, sagging skin, brown spots, spider veins and more.
Types of Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Since patients can have many different types of skin conditions there are different laser treatments used to treat them. There are two basic types of laser skin rejuvenation treatments: ablative and non-ablative.
Ablative laser treatments penetrate deep into the skin, actually causing a wound. The layer of skin is vaporized by the laser so it provides more dramatic results in fewer sessions. However, patients will need more time to completely heal from treatment. Ablative lasers are typically chosen when there is extensive repair needed. After recovering patients will have a healthier, new layer of skin with less signs of damage or aging.
Unlike ablative lasers, 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 and requires less downtime. However, it 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. Common nonablative lasers include Fraxel and photofacial treatment.
The Laser Rejuvenation Process
Dr. Tracy Evans performs laser skin rejuvenation treatment in her office which can take 30 minutes to 2 hours. Treatment time will vary based on the size of the treatment area and which type of laser is used. First, the treatment area will be cleaned and numbed so the patient feels less pain. Then, Dr. Evans will run the laser over the skin causing controlled damage to the outer layers of the skin while encouraging collagen growth. Patients can return home after the procedure.
Before & After Non-Ablative Laser Rejuvenation
Laser Rejuvenation Recovery
After treatment, the skin will begin to heal and patients may experience redness and peeling. The duration and severity of these side effects vary based on the type of laser. Ablative laser treatments can take weeks while non-ablative commonly takes several days. Dr. Evans recommends ice packs to ease discomfort and improve appearance. With approval from Dr. Evans, normal activities can be resumed during healing, and makeup may be applied to camouflage any unwanted, evidence of treatment.
Results of Skin Rejuvenation*
Results from laser treatments are usually not immediate, taking several months to appear. With non-ablative laser treatments, a number of sessions may be needed to achieve the desired results. However, any type of laser technique chosen is often effective in completely treating age spots and other cosmetic concerns.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation Risks
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.
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*Individual results may vary on a case by case basis.