Laser skin resurfacing is a popular cosmetic procedure to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the effects of the sun, aging, and scars. It can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including scars, wrinkles, sun damage, and many others. Laser light heats the dermis, stimulating the formation of new collagen and elastin fibers. With new advances in laser technology, skin resurfacing can be done on many parts of the body including the face, chest, arms, and hands.
Types of Lasers
The most commonly-used lasers for treatment of skin conditions are carbon dioxide (CO2) and the pulsed dye laser:
The CO2 laser is the highest intensity laser treatment currently available and is used for acne scars, surgical scars, and traumatic scars. After being treated with the CO2 laser, the surface of the skin appears tighter and smoother, since the laser uses heat to restrict collagen bands beneath the skin. This laser can improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and birthmarks. The CO2 laser has even been used to treat skin cancer in its earliest stages.
The Pulsed Dye Laser
Pulsed dye lasers emit high-energy light in rapid pulse durations with intermingling periods of time between each pulse. The pulsed dye laser has been used in the treatment of warts, port-wine stains, hemangiomas, hypertrophic scars, and telangiectasias. The pulsed dye laser can be used as an alternative to surgical excision for treating conditions related to blood vessels.
If you have a scar you find unsightly, is causing you pain, or affecting function somehow, then laser scar revision may be an option for you. To find out, you need a consult. Call us at Inverness Dermatology. We will examine you, obtain a thorough history, and discuss the best option for you. We will also consider issues such as cost. For more information on how we can help you, call us and schedule an appointment.