Laser treatments are a non-invasive way to improve the quality of your skin without having to take days off from work or spend the night in a clinic. These treatments are done on an outpatient basis, and they’re generally well-tolerated as long as patients avoid sun exposure and irritants after the treatment.
Laser treatments generally fall into two categories: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers remove the top layer of skin, revealing a fresher skin layer, whereas non-ablative lasers trigger collagen production without removing any skin.
If you’re curious about how lasers are used and what cosmetic issues they address, read on. We asked our expert at Colorado Skin Care, Dr. Kimberly Stone, to share 5 ways lasers can beautify the skin.
1. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Who doesn’t want to look younger without going under the knife? Laser treatments can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production, the protein responsible for keeping your skin soft and flexible. Studies suggest that laser treatments may reduce wrinkles in the long term.
2. Fixes skin laxity
Lasers can also be used to improve the contours of your jaw and cheeks, two areas where the skin is more likely to sag. Laser treatments for skin laxity involve heat to constrict the collagen and elastin in the skin, leading to firmer facial contours.
3. Fights hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition in which excess melanin causes brown or red spots on the skin. These spots are usually caused by injuries, acne, or excessive sun exposure. Laser therapy can reduce the appearance of these spots by targeting the pigment in the skin.
4. Reduces the appearance of acne scars
Laser treatments for acne scars involve breaking up the scar tissue in the skin’s top layers, allowing new and healthy skin cells to replace the scars. This doesn’t completely remove the scars, but it does significantly improve their appearance.
5. Removes excess hair
Shaving, plucking, and waxing are some of the most time-consuming activities in most people’s beauty routines, and they aren’t without side effects either. Shaving often leads to ingrown hairs, while waxing and plucking may cause pain and irritation.
Laser hair removal makes it easy to be smooth and hair-free at all times, as laser light can target the pigment in the hair root and prevent its growth.
Find out more about what lasers can do for your skin
Are you currently battling some skin issues that don’t respond to creams and serums? Our expert Dr. Stone offers various skin treatments, including laser therapy, microneedling with platelet-rich plasma, dry skin treatments, acne treatments, and more.
Contact us to schedule an appointment to get expert advice on how you can achieve your skin goals.