Laser skin resurfacing is a proven way to help reduce wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and other blemishes, stretch marks, sun damage, sagging skin as well as tighten skin and balanced tone. But precisely because lasers can do so much, and vary widely in how they act on your skin, it is hard to know where to start when researching treatment—even the most perfunctory search reveals a slew of competing devices and methods.
Ablative vs. non-ablative lasers All lasers fall into two categories: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers are invasive, like plastic surgery, and remove the top layer of your skin. Your skin surface will appear red after as it repairs itself. Non-ablative lasers like Co2 are less invasive, using heat to stimulate cells to thicken the underlying collagen resulting in improved skin tone and elasticity. Since non-ablative lasers do not remove a layer of your skin, there is minimal swelling, redness, and recovery time. Fractional laser treatments Fractional lasers are used in a variety of laser skin resurfacing treatments. Popular variations include Fraxel Dual, Fraxel Repair, Active FX, and Deep FX. The notable difference between fractional laser treatments and other laser skin resurfacing is fractional lasers target very small and specific areas. By doing so, they do not damage surrounding areas. As a result, fractional laser treatments tend to require less recovery.
What laser skin resurfacing can improve
Fine lines or wrinkles around or under your eyes, forehead or mouth Scars from acne or chickenpox Non-responsive skin after a facelift Aged or sun-damaged skin Liver spots Improve your complexion if you have yellowish or greyish skin tones Warts Birthmarks such as linear epidermal nevi Enlarged oil glands on the nose.