Your skin is a remarkable organ that handles a lot of work but needs maintenance to stay healthy. Your three layers of skin (epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis) are mainly composed of water, fats, minerals, and proteins. While it helps you regulate body temperature, avoid disease, and touch objects, it’s also prone to disease and damage. As a result, it is frequently affected by conditions like acne, rashes, insect bites, infections, discoloration, wrinkles, lesions, and cancer.
Laser treatments have become quite popular for treating skin conditions, and laser resurfacing is a method that can help with multiple skin problems. To help you understand its benefits for clearer, healthier skin, let’s look at how the process works, the types of laser resurfacing available, and what conditions it can treat.
If you live in the Lake Oswego, Oregon, area and you’re struggling with blemishes and other imperfections on your skin, the Lake Oswego Laser Aesthetics team at Lake Grove ENT can help you look your best.
How laser resurfacing works
This treatment uses concentrated pulses of light to precisely vaporize damaged areas of the epidermis (also called an ablative laser) and heats the lower dermis to stimulate the production of proteins like collagen to heal skin, making it firmer and smoother. There are also nonablative lasers (which don’t remove skin layers) used for treating skin to give you a variety of options such as:
- CO2 laser resurfacing: an ablative laser treatment that uses continuous light beams (ultra-pulsed light energy) in a scanning pattern
- Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing: uses multiple narrow columns of focused light to tighten collagen with little damage to skin
- Erbium laser resurfacing: a nonablative laser that also stimulates collagen with less damage to the epidermis
Types of treatments available
We use different methods of laser resurfacing to help your skin needs, such as:
This nonablative treatment stimulates collagen by using ultrasound, targeting lower skin layers with heat energy to help give you firmer, smoother skin.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy
Also known as a photofacial, this method uses multiple wavelengths of light in a more scattered pattern than other laser treatments. This is another nonablative method, so it doesn’t damage skin as it does its work.
This form of fractional laser, as mentioned above, this fractional laser can be used on the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands.
Clear & Brilliant
This is also a type of fractional laser that is safe for all skin tones and types and doesn’t make your skin sun sensitive, which some other laser treatments can.
This allows us to help your skin with various tools to tackle multiple problems suited to your needs.
What can it treat?
These various laser resurfacing methods can be used to help a variety of skin problems, including:
- Wrinkles: creases and fine lines around the eyes, mouth, and forehead can be treated using this method
- Hyperpigmentation: uneven skin pigmentations, age spots, and even birthmarks can be removed with these treatments
- Sun damage: damaged skin resulting from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can be treated
- Scars: conditions like acne and chicken pox can be managed using these laser therapies
- Stretch marks: whether it’s from being overweight or pregnant, this method can reduce the appearance of these blemishes on your skin
Laser resurfacing can make a difference in how you feel about your skin, so if you’re ready to see the benefits it has in store for you, make an appointment with the team at Lake Oswego ENT today.