Types of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing or most commonly known as laser peel, laser vaporization or lasabrasion is a cosmetic treatment that uses laser to lessen skin imperfections like wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes and other skin problems. The laser will destroy and remove the affected skin and once it healed a new skin will resurface.

Types of Laser Skin ResurfingHow does it work?

Before the treatment, the affected areas are thoroughly cleaned and a local anesthetic is normally applied. The laser will emit short pulses of light to remove the damaged skin. This treatment can be a little painful and can cause a little bleeding especially on a severely damaged skin. A special ointment is applied after each treatment is finished.

The two most common skin resurfacing lasers are:

1. CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) Laser

CO2 laser is one of the most common used lasers in a laser skin resurfacing treatment. CO2 laser resurfacing is in treating skin conditions like wrinkles, warts and scars.

2. Erbium

Erbium laser is also commonly used for skin resurfacing treatment. It causes lesser side effects like bruising, redness and swelling compared to CO2 laser thus having a faster recovery time. Eribium laser is used to treat slight to moderate wrinkles and lines on the face, neck, chest or hands.

Here are the newer skin resurfacing laser methods:

• Infrared Laser Resurfacing

Infrared Laser Resurfacing helps tighten and smoothen the skin by focusing the heat on the deeper layer of the skin.

• Plasma Skin Resurfacing

As the name entails, this skin resurfacing laser method makes use of plasma energy. This plasma energy targets the lower skin layer so that the top layer of the skin can protect it while it heals.

• Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing

Fractional laser skin resurfacing makes use of light beams that create multiple microscopic columns of treatment in the skin. It targets a portion of the skin both the uppermost layer (epidermis) and mid-layer (dermis) without affecting the healthy skin cells. This treatment will boost the collagen production of the skin resulting to a smooth, elastic and fresher skin. The healing process is also faster compared to other resurfacing laser treatments because it only focuses on a part of the skin that is damaged. For those who have darker skin tone, fractional laser skin resurfacing is a good laser treatment for you.

What to do before a laser resurfacing treatment?

Since there are different kinds of laser resurfacing treatments, it’s still best to seek a specialist’s advice before treatment. The specialist will give you options on what treatment to undergo based on you current health and medical history. Make sure to choose a specialist who is trained and experienced in laser skin resurfacing.

There are instances that an antibiotic is prescribed before the treatment as a prevention of bacterial infection. It’s important to follow the instructions given to you by your specialist before and after treatment to prevent complications.

AQI Extra Rich Night Cream is a wonderful product that helps heal damaged skin tissues, improves moisture retention and helps cell renewal.

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