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Laser resurfacing is a relatively new treatment that uses the heat from the laser to resurface the skin. It can improve the appearance of everything from wrinkles to fine lines, stretch marks to scars and burns to acne.
There are two types of laser resurfacing technique, and the technique used depends on the desired results and the existing skin complaint.
The other technique is wounding or ablative resurfacing, which removes the top layers of skin, encouraging the growth of new, healthy skin. Non-wounding resurfacing is less invasive and requires less downtime that wounding resurfacing, but it's also generally considered to be less effective. Your doctor will discuss which treatment is more suitable for your skin complaint when you see them for a consultation.
What Can Laser Treatments Do For Me?
Laser treatments can have a huge number of benefits for those with problem skin of all types. It can:
- Remove (yes, that's right - remove!) very fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines, lines and even deeper wrinkles - although repeated treatments might be needed for wrinkles that are particularly deep
- Tighten skin and reduce sagging, particularly in the areas around the sides of the mouth and underneath the chin, as well as the jowls
- Smooth the appearance of skin, particularly rough skin that might develop through age, sun damage or during pregnancy
- Even out the pigmentation of skin, if skin is an uneven color, or fade and reduce the appearance of sunspots and freckles
- Treat some skin cancers, particularly the early skin cancers
- Improve the look of a whole host of scarring issues, including stretch marks, general scars, burns, acne scarring and more
The laser can directed onto specific areas of skin, such as around the nose, around the lips, on the forehead and even around the eyes.
How Does Non-Wounding Resurfacing Work?
During a non-wounding resurfacing treatment, the laser targets the dermis - the middle layer of skin - to heat it up. The laser energy gets transferred into heat energy when it touches the skin. During non-wounding treatment, the laser heats up the dermis, damaging it. This heat damage encourages the growth of new skin, working deep below the surface of the skin to encourage the production of collagen. Non-wounding resurfacing can improve the appearance of skin and is best for use on skin that is only somewhat damaged.