You may have heard about the amazing effect that laser resurfacing has on diminishing deep lines and facial wrinkles, but laser skin resurfacing isn’t only an anti-aging treatment. This powerfully effective technique can also be used for a number of common and difficult to treat skin problems.
What Is Laser Resurfacing?
As the name suggests, laser resurfacing employs lasers – pulsed beams of light – to correct facial flaws and improve the overall appearance of the skin. The laser used is either ablative – meaning it removes surface layers of the skin, or non-ablative – which means that it stimulates the production of collagen under the skin’s surface. Non-ablative lasers are less invasive, however, they also produce less dramatic results.
Skin Conditions that Can Be Treated With Laser Resurfacing
Wrinkles – Perhaps the most common use of laser resurfacing is for the reduction of deep lines and wrinkles. The heat produced by the laser causes the skin to tighten and contract, smoothing out wrinkles and resulting in a more taut and youthful appearance. Unlike other wrinkle reducing treatments such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion, lasers can be specifically focused on a small area. This allows the treatment to be highly customized for each patient.
Rosacea – The redness, flushing and inflammation that is characteristic of rosacea is caused by overactive blood vessels located just underneath skin. Laser resurfacing targets these malfunctioning vessels, heating them up until they collapse and disappear. Improvement in rosacea symptoms tends to occur gradually over multiple sessions, however, most rosacea sufferers usually notice results after the very first laser resurfacing session.
Acne Scars – While those who have active acne are not ideal candidates for laser resurfacing, the treatment has proven highly effective for those looking to get rid of acne scars. Other facial scarring such as chickenpox scars, or scars remaining after facial trauma or injury also respond well to laser treatments. The laser causes the skin’s self-repair mechanism to kick into action, improving the underlying structure of the skin and filling in dimpled or sunken areas for a smoother surface.
Spider Veins – Spider veins (aka, varicose veins) are bluish, raised blood vessels that most commonly appear on the face, arms, and legs. Laser treatment is best suited for smaller spider veins that are just under to the surface the skin. The laser is used to heat and collapse the veins, leaving behind clearer, younger-looking skin.
Brown Spots – People with darkened areas on their skin as a result of aging, sun damage or injury can also benefit from the rejuvenating effects of laser resurfacing. The lasers target the hyper-pigmented areas of the skin on the face, hands, and arms, lightening and reducing their appearance over a series of sessions.
Laser resurfacing is a minimally invasive procedure, yet there can be some side effects associated with the treatment, including redness and irritation in the treated area. These effects are generally mild and not long-lasting, especially if post-treatment care and instructions are closely followed.
If you’d like to learn more about laser facial resurfacing, including understanding if it’s the right treatment for your skin problem, give us a call or schedule an appointment for a one-on-one consultation.