What types of laser treatment are available?
There many different types of lasers used in aesthetics. These include lasers to remove unwanted hair, lasers to remove unwanted tattoos, lasers to eliminate vascular lesions or pigmented lesions, and lasers to tighten and improve the quality of the skin.
Is the recovery time the same for all laser treatments?
No. Recovery from laser treatments depends on the type of laser being used and the intensity of the settings used. There are some treatments that can be done during a lunch break and have no down time. Other treatments may require 2-3 weeks of recovery. In general, longer recovery times mean more significant improvements.
How does laser resurfacing work?
Laser resurfacing works much like a Zamboni on an ice rink. The Zamboni applies hot water to the ice to melt and destroy the top layer of ice. The ice then re-freezes from below and the resulting surface is smoother, with correction of skate marks and other surface irregularities. Similarly, laser resurfacing causes superficial damage to the skin. When the skin heals from below, surface irregularities including fine wrinkles, acne scarring, age spots and other superficial skin flaws are improved. As a bonus, the stimulation of collagen by the laser tightens the skin in the treated areas (making it even better than the Zamboni).
What types of resurfacing lasers are there?
There are 2 types of lasers commonly used for resurfacing, CO2 and Erbium. Lasers work by a process called selective photothermolysis. The laser energy is absorbed by a specific target, called a chromophore. In both CO2 lasers and Erbium lasers, the chromophore is water, which is why they are effective at causing controlled, superficial tissue damage. At Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery, we use the latest CO2 laser technology for our resurfacing procedures. This allows us to produce safe, consistent, and effective results for our patients.
What is the difference between fractional and non-fractional laser treatments?
Fractional laser technology was developed to reduce the downtime of ablative laser treatments. The concept is quite simple. Rather than causing tissue damage to the entire surface area being treated, a fractional laser treatment creates columns of tissue damage, leaving undamaged skin in between. This can be likened to the spiked shoes one wears to aerate a garden. The treatments are highly controlled, meaning the settings can be adjusted to vary the depth of the spikes, the diameter of the spikes and the spacing of the spikes, thus controlling the percentage of the treated area that is targeted. In general, fractional treatments will have shorter downtimes than non-fractional treatments as the undamaged tissue leads to faster healing.
Is everyone a candidate for laser resurfacing?
No. Certain skin types are better suited for laser treatments than others. Many factors are used to determine a patient’s candidacy for laser resurfacing. Please call Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery for a consult to see if laser resurfacing may be an option for you.
For more information about fractional laser technology and our advanced skin care solutions for patients in the Phoenix area, please call (602) 883-4483 or complete our online contact form today.