Laser facial rejuvenation is the act of using a laser to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging from the skin’s surface. While there are several different lasers that doctors can use for these types of treatments, the techniques are all very similar. By sending short, concentrated beams of light at damaged or irregular skin, the laser removes layers of unhealthy skin cells. The body then begins to form healthy skin cells, which leads to undamaged tissue growth. This process also encourages collagen production, something that stops being produced when people are in their 30s. The result is smoother, younger-looking skin.
The most common forms of facial laser resurfacing are carbon dioxide laser resurfacing and ebrium laser resurfacing.
Carbon Dioxide Resurfacing
With quite a long history, this procedure was originally used to remove warts, scars, wrinkles, and other imperfections. The newest CO2 laser resurfacing, fractionated CO2, uses shorter pulses of light to remove damaged skin cells, allowing healthier, younger-looking skin cells to grow in their place.
Erbium Laser Resurfacing
While the technology behind ebrium laser resurfacing is quite different from that of carbon dioxide resurfacing, the two have similar results. Doctors use erbium laser resurfacing to treat fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and skin pigmentation. It’s known in the industry that fractional CO2 resurfacing does a better job removing wrinkles; however, erbium laser resurfacing is better for those with darker skin tones.