04 Nov Choose Your Laser Resurfacing Level
When it comes to laser skin resurfacing, there are several lasers and “levels” available depending on your skin and goals—and you have plenty of options at RefinedMD. True laser resurfacing is highly effective but also intense. It can require some down time for fairer or sensitive skin. This type of resurfacing works well for age spots, lines and wrinkles, discoloration, and hyperpigmentation. It provides impressive results and tightens skin laxity.
For many years, one of the most effective lasers were CO2 lasers—but they can come with serious downtime. As expected, the more aggressive the laser, the more downtime required. CO2 laser treatments take around 60 minutes in most cases (depending on the size of area/s treated) and follow up appointments may be required for optimal results. You can expect skin to be red, swollen, and even peel post-treatment. The total recovery time is about two weeks, but many people go about their activities of daily living within 48 hours—they just don’t plan any special events or outings for a couple of weeks. The severity of this downtime is why we only offer lasers that let you maintain your life such as Halo, Clear + Brilliant, LaseMD, and BBL.
Fractional lasers, such as LaseMD, are moderate and deliver energy with tiny dots instead of a constant laser. However, fractional lasers will also require multiple treatments since they’re “peppering” the skin instead of fully covering it (such as with CO2 lasers). Within the fractional laser family, there are a variety of applicators and wavelengths available, so you and your technician can customize results and manage down time.
For those interested in a light resurfacing, BBL is a favorite at RefinedMD. With virtually no down time, it’s a “lunchtime” procedure and you can immediately go about your day. These lighter resurfacings require more frequent visits given the mild treatment. No matter which type of laser you choose, they all treat skin imperfections and can be personalized to suit your needs. Reduce fine lines and wrinkles, smooth and tighten the skin, reduce crow’s feet, and even minimize scars by scheduling a consultation and seeing which laser (or lasers) is right for you.
Skin Resurfacing: How Does it All Work?
How do you know if you need a laser? Well, does your skin look aged or dull? Do you struggle with lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, unwanted freckles, or age spots? Laser skin resurfacing is the most powerful non-surgical option for revitalizing skin and addressing several issues. There are many effective lasers on the market, but not all dermatology clinics offer the right laser technology for you. At RefinedMD, we proudly feature the best lasers available. Laser skin resurfacing encourages collagen and elastin production below the surface. When the skin heals, it reveals “new,” younger-looking and undamaged skin that has been hiding below the surface. Our skin cells are constantly being regenerated, but optimization of the turnover rate and collagen production is possible with the use of laser skin resurfacing.
There are three primary types of lasers: Fractional ablative lasers, fractional non-ablative lasers, and fully ablative CO2 lasers. The more aggressive the laser is, the better the results after just one treatment—but the longer the recovery period. Fractional lasers, whether ablative (open-wound) or non-ablative, utilize an energy pattern of dots instead of a “sheet” of lasers. Due to this delivery method, you will need multiple sessions when choosing a fractional laser treatment, but it’s worth it since you won’t need to hunker down for two weeks to heal.
Is Laser Skin Resurfacing for You?
There are many benefits to laser skin resurfacing, no matter which laser you choose. The best lasers offer:
- Erasure of finer lines and wrinkles
- Flattening of scars
- Reduced smoker’s lines
- Removal of hyperpigmentation
- Smoother, tighter skin even in sensitive areas such as around the eyes
- Softening of frown lines
- Treatment of crow’s feet
- Treatment of damaged skin, even when the damage is deeply embedded
- Various configurations of the laser to customize your results
Maximize Your Laser Benefits
Laser skin resurfacing can greatly improve skin appearance by making it clearer, tighter, and smoother. Whether you want to treat specific areas or prefer to have full areas revitalized, there is a laser technology to suit your needs. However, at-home care and especially aftercare can make a huge difference. Protecting the skin daily with sunscreen and protective clothing can help slow down the aging process, prevent sun damage, and extend the results of laser skin resurfacing.
Are you ready to enjoy skin that looks younger and healthier? Get in touch with RefinedMD today by calling the office or filling out the online form.