Over time, it’s natural for the skin to display various signs of aging. Things like the sun, wrinkles and other causes of fine lines can make you look older than you want to, and many people look to options for rejuvenation here.
At the medical spa offices of Steven Jepson, MD, we’re here to help. One of the most common spa treatments for skin resurfacing is called microdermabrasion – and while this can be successful for some people, we often recommend a treatment that’s much stronger: Laser skin treatments. Let’s look at how laser resurfacing works, its various types, and how you can benefit from it.
How it Works
During laser skin treatments, you’ll be exposed to a laser that sends pulsating beams of light toward irregularities found in the skin. This light will remove some of the skin’s outer layer and certain lasers can also heat the dermis below it. Heating the dermis can stimulate new collagen growth in the skin.
Once the skin has healed from this treatment, it will appear firmer while feeling smoother. It’s often done on the face to combat fine lines and wrinkles.
Types of Laser Treatments
There are two primary types of laser resurfacing skin treatments used in our office:
Erbium laser resurfacing: This is a lighter treatment that mostly removes a thinner layer of skin.. It’s commonly used for shallow lines and skin texture improvement. It has a quicker healing time.
Fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing: This is more aggressive and removes more of the skin’s outer layer while also heating the underlying dermis for collagen stimulation Recovery times can be longer for this type, and is recommended for more moderately damaged skin.
Laser resurfacing helps treat many of the most common skin issues you’ll face. It’s great for scars and blemishes from sun damage, mild acne damage, enlarged pores.
There are a few minor risks to be aware of:
Redness and swelling are common as part of the healing process
Acne or cold sore flare-ups may take place following treatments, along with small bumps called Milia (easy to remove with a washcloth)
In rare instances, you may have hyperpigmentation, a bacterial infection or scarring
For more on our laser treatments, or to find out about any of our med spa services, speak to the pros at the offices of Steven Jepson, MD today.