Do you want smoother, softer, younger looking skin? If you are looking to reduce fine lines, shallow scars and wrinkles, and dark spots, then a laser skin resurfacing may suit your needs.
Laser resurfacing involves laser light acting on a particular layer of skin. There are multiple types of lasers, and each is most effective in different situations. Ablative lasers, such as the CO2 laser, are steady streams of light which act by removing the outer layer of skin, called the epidermis. In doing so, they stimulate the development of collagen deeper in the skin, tightening the skin’s appearance and erasing lines and wrinkles. This type of laser, because it is somewhat invasive, does require some downtime for healing. However, it generally also produces the greatest result.
Many patients prefer a less involved procedure and, as a result, fractionated lasers such as the Fraxel laser are increasing in popularity. These work specifically on damaged areas such as dark spots or acne scars. Because they have no effect on the surrounding skin, the healing time is shorter. Multiple treatments may be required for full results.
Another is not a true laser, but is used in a similar fashion. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments use pulses of broad spectrum light. This light is absorbed into the skin, and is especially effective in treating dark spots and enlarged blood vessels. IPL also stimulates collagen production, which helps to reduce wrinkles and decrease pore size. The recovery time is minimal with IPL procedures, as with fractionated lasers.
The type of laser your surgeon will select will depend on a variety of factors, including what you hope to treat, how much recovery you are willing to tolerate, and your skin type. If you are interested in finding out whether laser resurfacing is right for you, contact Dr. Kulak of the Naderi Center for Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery for a consultation today. The Naderi Center has offices in Reston, VA – (703) 481-0002 – and Chevy Chase, MD – (301) 222-2020.