What is laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a type of skin care procedure which involves using lasers to help improve skin texture and appearance.
Depending on your individual needs, your dermatologist may recommend either ablative or non-ablative lasers. Ablative lasers include carbon dioxide (CO2) or Erbium. CO2 laser resurfacing treatments are used to get rid of scars, warts, and deep wrinkles. Erbium is used for finer lines and wrinkles, along with other superficial skin concerns. Both types of ablative lasers remove outside layers of the skin.
Non-ablative lasers, on the other hand, don’t remove any skin layers. These include pulsed light, pulsed-dye lasers, and fractional lasers. Non-ablative lasers may be used for rosacea, spider veins, and acne-related skin concerns.
Who should get this procedure?
You might consider this procedure if you have age-, sun-, or acne-related skin care concerns that aren’t treatable with over-the-counter (OTC) products.
Laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat one or more of the following skin concerns:
- age spots
- acne scars
- fine lines and wrinkles
- crow’s feet
- sagging skin
- uneven skin tone
- enlarged oil glands
Your natural skin tone can also determine whether this is the best type of cosmetic procedure for you. People with lighter skin tones are often good candidates because they carry a reduced risk for hyperpigmentation.