Understanding Options in Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Almost every day the news gives us examples of another step forward into our childhood visions of sci-fi futurism. It’s more than a little bit remarkable that we can use modern laser technology to treat and rejuvenate skin in ways that we have only dreamed of. [url = http://wellskinmedspa.com/services/laser-skin-rejuvenation] Laser skin rejuvenation technology [/url] has been around for some time now and has undergone massive developments and refinement in recent years.

Early Steps

In the early 1980s, laser therapies for the skin first began their emergence in cosmetic settings. These early treatments involved the use of continuous wave carbon dioxide lasers. The initial trials of laser therapy yielded high rates of scarring and other side effects, and so the technology was developed to produce short-pulse, focused beams in an effort to reduce complication rates.

Ablative Lasers

The earliest uses of laser technology are examples of ablative lasers. In medicine, ablation refers to the surgical removal of body tissue, which is exactly what ablative lasers do. During treatment, the layer of skin closest to the surface is vaporized through the application of heat by the laser. This is why ablative laser treatment is also known as a laser peel. The treatment removes the upper layers of skin affected most by aging, sun damage and other lifestyle factors, thereby exposing deeper and healthier layers of skin. The treatment helps to treat wrinkles, laugh lines and discolorations through removal of the skin, while simultaneously inducing the body’s natural collagen production cycle, enabling the body to heal connective tissues on its own.

Unfortunately, even with the development of more controlled ablative lasers, side effects still persist, including infection, skin redness, excessive scarring and the loss of natural skin pigmentation. People with darker complexions are even more prone to these complications, as well as patients who are actively taking certain medications. Because of the persistence of these side effects, it’s often recommended to spot test ablative laser therapy before a full treatment, in order to determine an individual patient’s reaction to the therapy.

Non-Ablative Lasers

The next step in laser technology development for skin treatments was non-ablative laser therapy. As the name suggests, this treatment is less invasive and does not involve the elimination of the upper layer of skin. However, while non-ablative laser treatments have lower rates of complication, they also fail to produce similar results to ablative laser technologies.

Fractional Lasers

One of the most [url=http://www.beautysmoothie.com/coming-soon-an-even-better-option-for-laser-skin-resurfacing/] recent breakthroughs in laser skin treatments [/url] has been the innovation of fractional thermolysis or fractional lasers. Using motion sensors, dynamic thermal optimization and a variety of other cutting edge technologies, fractional lasers, such as Halo by Sciton, treat the skin in a regularly spaced grid over a fraction of the skin’s surface, hence the name fractional lasers. Rather than removing the entire upper layer of skin through an ablative laser, fractional lasers remove only portions of aging and damaged skin, while also stimulating collagen production in a similar way to ablative lasers.

In the hands of a skilled technician, some of the benefits you can expect from fractional laser treatments are softened and smoothed texture, treatment of dark spots, alleviation of wrinkles and lines, rejuvenation from sun damage, as well as improvements in tone and laxity. The end result is an intermediary approach, where most of the benefits of ablative laser treatments are apparent, while relative risk and recovery time are substantially minimized.