Lasers are pretty amazing, and the technology behind them keeps on getting better and better. They can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blast away redness, even out skin texture, and much, much more.
Want to learn more about how lasers can help you achieve glowing, flawless skin? Here are the four hottest laser skin resurfacing treatments you need right now:
1. Anti-redness laser treatments
These lasers treat redness resulting from rosacea, sun damage, spider veins, red moles, fresh stretch marks, port wine stains, and superficial bruises. The PDL and KTP lasers, both different types of vascular lasers, heat and destroy blood cells. After being treated, most patients notice that their skin is pink, puffy, and blotchy for a few hours afterward. Risks are minimal and include temporary bruising.
2. Pigment-pulverizing laser treatments
Lasers, such as Q-switched and Nd:YAG, treat individual brown spots and tattoo inks of all colors. They work by zapping pigments into smaller fragments that the body then absorbs. These lasers offer safe options for every skin tone. Brown spots zapped with a Q-switched laser immediately turn pinkish-white, then darken to a red-purple scab that flakes off to reveal new skin. The same healing process happens with treated tattoo ink as well.
3. Nonablative resurfacing laser treatments
Surface-sparing fractional lasers and Picosecond lasers outfitted with a diffractive lens refresh and rejuvenate the skin by building new collagen, helping to smooth the skin while eliminating some of the pigment that comes from sun damage. Baby fractional lasers, such as the Fraxel Clear + Brilliant, boost radiance and improve the texture of the skin, whereas Picosecond lasers go deeper to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and scarring. These lasers were engineered to have minimal downtime. Patients notice that their skin resembles sandpaper for a day or two after treatment, and with stronger lasers, the skin can be flaky for up to a week afterward.
4. Ablative resurfacing laser treatments
Fractional ablative lasers, such as the Fraxel Re:pair and the Sciton Profractional, are designed to treat deep wrinkles, severe sun aging, and prominent scars. They create purposeful wounds on the skin's surface to stimulate collagen production and skin cell renewal. Because ablative resurfacing lasers are more intense, expect at least one-week downtime.
Laser your way to smoother, younger-looking skin
To decide which laser skin resurfacing treatment is best for your lifestyle and needs, be sure to consult a dermatologist. It's crucial that you disclose all medical history and current medications to reduce the risk of complications. Sometimes dermatologists develop a treatment plan that involves the use of multiple lasers to address different aesthetic concerns. Regardless, your treatment plan will be tailored to your unique needs.