If you’re tired of fine lines and wrinkles and are hoping for tighter skin, you’re not alone. Studies show that on average, there are over 943 thousand searches for age-related skin concerns every month in the U.S.
One of the most effective ways to rejuvenate your skin is the safe, quick and easy procedure of laser skin resurfacing. Laser skin resurfacing is a skin renewal procedure that uses a laser to improve the skin’s appearance or treat minor skin imperfections.
Laser skin resurfacing is a popular choice among those who are looking to reverse the unwanted effects of aging. The procedure can be used to treat:
- Wrinkles and lines
- Age spots
- Uneven coloring
- Sun-damaged skin
- Acne scars, pitting and pocking
Before we dive into all of the benefits of laser skin resurfacing, let’s look at how the treatment works and how Colair Beauty Lounge & Med Spa in Gilbert, AZ can provide some solutions.
How Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?
There are three main types of lasers used for laser skin resurfacing treatment:
1. Ablative laser
Ablative lasers remove the outermost layer of skin and heat the underlying skin in order to stimulate collagen growth and your skin’s natural renewal process. Collagen is the protein in skin that promotes firmness and even texture.
Types of ablative therapy include:
- A carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, which uses pulsed or continuous light beams to precisely remove skin with little damage to surrounding tissue
- An erbium laser, which causes fewer side effects than CO2 lasers and offers a shorter recovery time
2. Non-ablative laser or light source
The non-ablative laser or light source method also stimulates collagen growth but provides a less aggressive approach than an ablative laser. Additionally, non-ablative laser therapy requires a shorter recovery time.
Types of non-ablative laser skin resurfacing include:
- Pulsed-dye laser
- Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL)
3. Fractional laser
Fractional lasers are what we use here at Colair. These lasers break up laser light beams into fractions, which allows for more precise targeting of the skin areas that need to be treated.
Because this laser is less intense, it:
- Results in minimal pain
- Is safe for all skin types
- Is less likely to cause any side effects
- Has a shorter recovery period than other laser types such as CO2, with certain devices Colair uses providing zero down time
Not sure if laser skin resurfacing is right for you? See our recommendations on what to consider before making your laser skin resurfacing appointment. We also offer free consultations with one of our registered nurses for any services you are considering.
Top Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing
Once you have had your consultation and scheduled your initial procedure, it’s time to get excited about your results.
From smoother skin and improved complexion to reduced pores, the benefits of laser skin resurfacing are endless. Here are some of the top reasons you should consider laser skin treatment.
1. Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles
The emergence of fine lines and wrinkles is a natural part of the aging process. One of the most popular benefits of laser skin resurfacing is that it tightens skin to significantly reduce common facial lines and wrinkles, including:
- Crow’s feet, which are those lines we see form at the corners of the eyes
- Bunny lines, which are lines that form across and on the sides of the bridge of the nose
- Cobblestone chin, where you may see small dimples on the chin
- Parenthesis (also called nasolabial folds), which you may hear more commonly referred to as “smile lines”
- 11s, or frown lines between the eyebrows
These lines and wrinkles may be the result of lifestyle factors such as:
- Sun damage
- Poor diet
- Repetitive facial muscle movement
- Or simply a life well lived
Laser skin resurfacing such as Fractional Laser and Colair’s Clearlift laser restores collagen and lifts areas of the skin that have lost their elasticity. If you are ready to reduce these signs of aging and even slow the process of wrinkle formation, laser skin resurfacing may be the right approach for you.
2. Treats Discoloration and Pigmentation
While reducing fine lines and wrinkles may be the reason you’re seeking treatment, it’s just one of the many benefits of laser skin resurfacing. Another benefit is that it treats uneven skin tones, including hyperpigmentation.
We all love spending time in the sun, and we can even benefit from a certain amount of sun exposure by getting our daily dose of vitamin D. However, spending too much time in the sun may result in sun damage, leading to pesky discoloration or pigmentation.
Laser skin resurfacing has the potential to reverse sun spots and discoloration created by UV rays. The treatment corrects the pigmentation in your skin and resurfaces it with your skin’s natural color.
3. Tightens and Firms Skin Tone and Texture
Laser skin resurfacing also has the potential to tighten and firm skin tone and texture to improve your complexion. It does this by encouraging the production of new collagen in the affected area, leaving your skin firmer and smoother.
4. Reduces Pore Size
As we age, our pores tend to enlarge due to lower collagen production and the loss of skin elasticity. This can cause your skin to sag, giving off the appearance of larger pores.
Aside from affecting your complexion, enlarged pores can:
- Absorb more oil, which can lead to blockages
- Negatively impact the texture of your skin
- Lead to severe acne
- Make your skin appear dull and unhealthy
- Cause you to look older than you are
Our laser skin resurfacing procedure treats large pores by increasing collagen production and maintaining your skin’s elasticity, ultimately helping reduce the size of pores and the amount of oil produced.
5. Quick and Easy Procedure
When done by the right professional team, laser skin resurfacing is a quick and painless process. It’s important to choose a highly trained professional to ensure a safe and effective procedure.
At Colair Beauty Lounge & Med Spa, our team consists of medically licensed and experienced professionals with years of experience and extensive and ongoing advanced training who will ensure your comfort throughout your procedure.
While the experience of laser skin resurfacing treatment varies from person to person, there are a few things you can expect from our service:
- Laser skin resurfacing is an outpatient procedure
- Treatments may last anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes
- Minimal (or nonexistent) side effects and recovery time
- The procedure is safe and effective for reversing the effects of aging
6. Permanent Results
Although it is a quick and easy procedure, laser skin resurfacing offers you results that you can expect to enjoy for years to come.
You should begin to see a difference after your first treatment. However, to achieve the best long-term results, we recommend that you schedule 2-4 treatments over a span of 2-3 weeks, depending on the type of laser used, and time of year treatment is received.
Remember that laser skin resurfacing essentially revitalizes your skin. In time, you may see an onset of new fine lines and wrinkles as you continue to age. If this is the case, you may wish to have the procedure again.
Treat Yourself to Laser Skin Resurfacing at Colair Beauty Lounge & Med Spa
Laser skin resurfacing offers many benefits by treating skin discoloration, tightening your skin and reducing the size of your pores. If you are looking for a quick, easy and safe way to reduce unwanted signs of aging, schedule an appointment with our laser skin resurfacing experts at Colair Beauty Lounge & Med Spa in Gilbert, AZ.