Laser skin resurfacing 101
Thanks to huge advancements in technologies, lasers can now zap away almost anything, including sun damage, acne scars, and tattoos. Which laser is best for your skin type and aesthetic dermatological concerns? Here's a comprehensive guide to laser skin resurfacing.
Anti-redness lasers, also known as vascular lasers, treat redness associated with rosacea, sun damage, spider veins, red moles, fresh stretch marks, port wine stains, and superficial bruises. They work by targeting hemoglobin, which is a protein in red blood cells — more specifically, vascular lasers heat and destroy blood vessels all while sparing the surrounding tissue.
Another option that treats redness is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Though not technically a laser, IPL is similar to a laser treatment. It uses precise, high-intensity visible light pulses that target redness, such as broken capillaries. The heat from the light destroys these cells and they are naturally absorbed.
Pigment-pulverizing lasers usually comprise Q-switch and picosecond lasers. Q-switch lasers release energy in short nanosecond bursts without cooling the skin's surface. Because Q-switch lasers come in a variety of wavelengths, they have safe options for nearly all skin tones. Q-switch lasers are most commonly used in laser tattoo removal and can also treat hyperpigmentation. What's more, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is used to treat pigment issues as well.
Non-ablative resurfacing lasers
Non-ablative lasers fractional lasers help improve sun damage, melasma, and minor acne scars. They work by purposefully poking microscopic holes in the tissue to stimulate collagen production, ultimately helping to smooth the skin and eliminate unwanted pigment.
There are several non-ablative fractional resurfacing lasers on the market, such as Clear + Brilliant, that are ideal for busy, working professionals who don’t have a ton of time for downtime!
Ablative resurfacing lasers
Ablative resurfacing lasers include Fraxel Re:pair and Sciton Profractional. These lasers are designed to treat deep wrinkles, severe sun aging, and prominent scars. Unlike non-ablative resurfacing lasers, ablative lasers create purposeful wounds on the skin's surface to stimulate more generous collagen renewal to produce noticeable results. However, these treatments require significant downtime to allow for sufficient healing.
Which laser treatment stands out from the crowd?
If you're looking for an all-around versatile laser treatment that will reduce fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and other skin concerns, then Clear + Brilliant might be just what you're looking for to help you meet your skin fitness goals. In addition to minimal downtime, it works on all skin types, and there are three different treatment options to choose from. You can also pair Clear + Brilliant with IPL Photofacials to help address a wider range of skin concerns, including redness.
Get treated at LaserAway
Ready to get zapping? LaserAway offers a diverse range of laser resurfacing treatments, including Clear + Brilliant and IPL, with options to accommodate every skin type! All treatments are performed by registered nurses, nurse practitioners, or physician associates. To get started, book your free consultation at LaserAway.com today.