Laser Resurfacing Overview

By RealSelf
  • Laser resurfacing involves an intense light beam that treats damaged surface skin
  • Laser resurfacing can help wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, face blemishes, stretch marks, scars, sun damage and hyperpigmentation
  • All lasers fall into two categories: ablative and non-ablative lasers. Ablative lasers are invasive, like plastic surgery, and remove the top layer of your skin. Your skin surface will appear red and weep afterwards as it repairs itself.
  • Non-ablative lasers 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.
  • These lasers are often used in combination with cooling sprays, pulsing techniques, or combination laser frequencies (using both long and short waves to reach different goals).

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