There are many different types of laser resurfacing treatments that vary in strength, side effects, and that target different skin issues. A smaller salon may only have one machine that gives a weaker facial with less of a recovery time, while a comprehensive cosmetic center might have as many as four or five different types of laser resurfacing treatments. Additionally, some treatments don’t technically count as classic laser facials, but might still be advertised similarly.
At their core, laser facials are just another type of skin resurfacing treatment, much like an acid peel or a microdermabrasion. Using pulses of light, layers of skin are removed from the surface, to reveal the fresher and younger skin below, as well as to trigger skin cell regeneration.
This process, over time, is supposed to minimize surface imperfections in the skin and improve its overall look. From within, the laser resurfacing treatment is meant to increase collagen production in the skin, making it firmer and more elastic over time and with regular treatments.
Similarly to microdermabrasions and peels, the level of intensity or exfoliation the laser facial provides can be different depending on the type of machine and location where you have it done. In other words, the stronger (and likely more painful and expensive) your laser facial is, the more layers of skin will be removed.
There are also non-resurfacing laser treatments, otherwise known as non-ablative laser facials. These laser facials utilize radio frequency to firm up the skin and fix issues like redness and broken capillaries, without removing any skin.
Since laser resurfacing treatments are considerably more intense and have more side effects than your average facial, they should only be performed by a doctor or by a registered nurse. A consultation is always recommended before pursuing a laser facial, since the type of machine and strength of the laser may or may not be appropriate for the specific skin type or concern. Those with darker skin or active acne lesions might want to pursue a different facial treatment.
WHAT DOES LASER RESURFACING FIX?
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Shallow scarring
- Hyperpigmentation and dark marks
- Thick or uneven skin texture
- Sagging skin
- Fine lines
- Redness and broken capillaries