If you want youthful-looking skin, there are various resurfacing options that can help you achieve that appearance. Laser skin resurfacing is often the treatment of choice for patients with irregularities such as wrinkles, fine lines, uneven tone, and mild laxity. Dr. Timothy M. Greco’s practice provides a range of skin resurfacing treatments, including laser skin rejuvenation, to complement plastic surgery for the Bryn Mawr area. Here are five reasons why we think you should consider laser options—with or without surgery:
1. Lasers Treat a Variety of Skin Types
The best laser for you depends on your specific concerns and the condition of your skin. Our practice offers ablative laser skin resurfacing, fractional CO2 laser treatments, and Vbeam® pulsed dye laser treatments, as well as IPL treatments, which are not lasers, but make use of intense pulsed light to clear redness and spots. Ablative treatments, which remove a layer of skin, are better for more severe sun damaged skin and for patients who are hoping for more dramatic improvements. Non-ablative treatments are gentler, provide more subtle, gradual results, and require less recovery time.
2. Lasers Can Promote Creation of New Skin
Some laser treatments, such as ablative and fractional CO2, revitalize the skin from the inside out by kickstarting the production of new skin cells and collagen to repair and remodel its structure. They do this by using energy to cause a controlled injury and trigger the skin’s natural healing processes.
3. Lasers Can Fade Visible Scars
Due to their ability to form new, healthy skin and slough away damaged outer layers, laser treatments are an effective way to reduce the visibility of deep or raised scars on the face caused by injury, surgery, or acne. The new skin that forms in the place of the scar will feel smoother and appear more even. The treatment may also make scars less painful or itchy.
4. Lasers Reduce Vascular Lesions
Some lasers are designed to treat diffuse redness or red blotches on the skin from vascular lesions such as rosacea, spider veins, cherry angiomas, port wine stains, and bruises. A pulsed dye laser (PDL) will target the hemoglobin that gives blood its red color. This causes redness to fade and visible vessels to collapse, while leaving the surrounding skin and tissues intact.
5. Lasers Tighten Sagging Facial Skin
Laser skin rejuvenation helps to reverse the effects of aging by improving skin laxity. The heat energy from a treatment causes existing collagen to coagulate and contract, as well as prompts the creation of new collagen to provide structure for improved tone.
For more information on laser skin rejuvenation, reach out to Dr. Timothy M. Greco’s Bryn Mawr-area practice. To schedule a consultation in the Philadelphia area, call (610) 664-8830, or request a consultation online.