A resurfacing laser is one used for laser skin resurfacing treatments. They come in several options. One of the biggest differences in resurfacing lasers is whether they are ablative or nonablative.
Ablative lasers are an invasive surgery that requires a surgeon and anesthesia. These lasers create visible wounds to the layers of the skin in order to encourage healing and collagen growth. This results in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles as well as an increase in elasticity. While only one treatment is required, you’ll be stuck with a significant amount of downtime ranging anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
Nonablative resurfacing lasers tend to appeal more to people seeking to get rid of their skin’s imperfections because there’s little to no down time, and specific imperfections can be targeted. These lasers work by targeting a person’s blemishes and creating microscopic wounds in the area. This destroys damaged skin cells so the body is forced to produce new skin cells as it heals, eliminating fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, acne marks, freckles, large pores, sun spots, or scars. Like ablative lasers, these lasers encourage collagen production, which brings back the skin’s elasticity and youthful appearance.