Today's lasers can diminish many signs of aging - from early wrinkles and age spots to deep lines and spider veins. A laser procedure often can be performed in less than an hour and may require little or no downtime.
Numerous lasers and light devices are used to rejuvenate the skin. These devices are generally grouped into the following categories:
•Non-ablative laser rejuvenation - No downtime. Best for early signs of aging.
•Intense pulsed light (IPL) - Not a laser, this light therapy penetrates deeper into the skin than a non-ablative laser. IPL does not injure the surface of the skin, so there is usually no downtime. IPL can improve skin texture and color as well as reduce pore size.
•Fractional laser rejuvenation - Offers deeper rejuvenation. Recovery time is short. Best for diminishing signs of aging such as age spots, wrinkles, and skin discoloration.
•Ablative laser resurfacing - Heats the skin to cause a visible wound, which means some downtime for recovery. Effective for deeper wrinkles and diminishing aging caused by years of unprotected sun exposure.
Signs of Aging Treated?
Lasers and other light-based devices are used to treat these concerns:
•Age (sun) spots
•Dark circles under the eye
•Dry, dull skin
•Hand rejuvenation (age spots, loose skin, and lines)
•Redness and flushing
•Skin texture (treats roughness)
•Skin tone (treats mottled complexion and skin discoloration)