Laser skin resurfacing may be what you need if you find yourself wanting to return to the days when your skin was smoother and free from the signs of aging that you are now noticing. By taking a closer look at it, you can better understand how it may be able to help you look younger.
One of the benefits that can be obtained through laser skin resurfacing is an increase in the collagen level that is found in the lower layers of the skin. While your body naturally produces this helpful substance, the growth rate will decline with age. Since it is collagen that keeps the skin firm and tight, smaller amounts of it will cause the skin to loosen and sag. Lines and wrinkles will form as a result.
With laser skin resurfacing, the energy will reach the deeper layers of the skin that grow collagen. As the tissue absorbs the energy, it will become warm. This will prompt the body to produce more collagen. During the months that follow, the collagen level will increase and the skin will become tighter. In the end, you will be left with firmer and tighter skin. There will also be some degree of skin tightening that happens immediately due to the way the skin initially reacts to the laser energy.
When you look into laser skin resurfacing, you will want to learn the difference between ablative and non-ablative lasers. Both can be used for laser resurfacing, but they differ in how they impact the skin. The state-of-the-art technology used to design our Halo™ hybrid fractional laser allows it to provide both ablative and non-ablative resurfacing depending on your needs.
Ablative lasers work by vaporizing the outer portion of the skin a layer at a time. This forces the body to put its healing process in action to regenerate new skin cells. The new layer will be healthier and have a more even tone and a smoother texture than the tissue it replaces. The energy that reaches deeper will be what stimulates the growth of additional collagen.
Unwanted dark spots on the skin can be eliminated with ablative laser resurfacing as well. These spots form when melanin begins to concentrate in places and does not spread evenly throughout the skin. Melanin is what supplies pigment, and its levels increase in response to sun exposure. Too much sun will cause permanent places of concentrated melanin to form. The laser energy will disperse it and return the levels to normal.
Non-ablative laser skin resurfacing works a bit differently. This method focuses the energy into the deeper skin layers while the surface is left intact. The energy will stimulate collagen growth and disperse melanin, but in a way that does not require downtime.
At Santé Medical Aesthetics, our specialist can evaluate your skin, discuss your goals with you and make a recommendation on how to proceed. Contact our office in Southlake to schedule your first appointment and find out if laser skin resurfacing is right for you!