Laser Skin Rejuvenation: Which Lasers to Use and When?

A Breakdown of Which Lasers to Use and When to Use Them

One of the most effective and popular skin rejuvenation techniques on the market today is laser skin treatment. However, trying to discern the differences between the types of lasers and which one is the right choice for you is often a bewildering process that can leave one feeling dizzy and confused.

All types of laser skin rejuvenation work by focusing light on certain areas of the skin to cause a reaction in your body. The best way to determine which kind of laser is right for you is to first figure out what is the specific skin problem you want to address.  That’s where Dr. Berman’s expertise comes in.

Laser Treatments for Skin Resurfacing

Consider laser treatment for skin resurfacing if your issue is bad or uneven skin texture, such as:

  • Surface wrinkles
  • Deep lines
  • Large pores
  • Stretch marks
  • Scars from trauma, surgery, or acne

If you have any of these issues, then you need a laser that works on the principle of the “heat and heal” cycle. This means the laser heats sections of the skin causing these damaged areas to go into recovery mode and produce more collagen and elastin resulting in a younger, smoother, and clearer skin. If your main concern about your skin is texture, your next step is to choose between an ablative or non-ablative laser. An ablative laser, like the SmartSkin CO2 laser, uses focused light energy to burn off the outermost layer of skin and a portion of the sub-layer underneath. While ablative laser treatments come with a longer recovery time the outcome can be so remarkable that often only two or three treatments are needed to achieve the desired results. Non-ablative lasers, including the Cynosure 1540 erbium laser, work by heating the designated spot without completely removing the layer of skin. Though this treatment requires a shorter recovery period it usually requires more than one treatment session, making it ideal for those with hectic schedules and who cannot afford a couple of days of recovery.

Laser Treatments for Pigmentation Correction

Consider laser treatments for pigmentation if you are concerned about pigmentation irregularities including:

  • Melasma
  • Rosacea
  • Broken capillaries
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Hyperpigmentation in the form of freckles, age spots, sun spots, or brown spots

If you are concerned about pigmentation irregularities, then Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment is what you want. The Cynosure Max G handheld laser uses IPL to remove unwanted skin pigment by fracturing pigments into tiny, virtually invisible particles resulting in a more youthful and blemish-free complexion. Sometimes additional treatments are required which increase the level of effectiveness of the process.

Whether you are interested in taking years off your appearance or just clearing up some small blemishes then you should consult a plastic surgeon. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Berman, South Florida’s premier plastic surgeon, or fill out an online consultation form here. He’ll find the best laser treatment or combination of treatments that will have your all your friends complementing your new beautiful, smooth skin! Call 561-417-0171 today.

Dr. Jonathan Ross Berman is a Boca Raton plastic surgeon who has been certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery with over 30 years of service experience specializing in Breast Augmentation, Rhinoplasty, Face Lift, Liposuction, and many other types of plastic surgery in Boca Raton, FL.

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