When you look at yourself in the mirror, does the person you see reflect the person you feel inside? Many of the patients we consult with say they want to look younger because they feel young, and they act young – because they are young! We are living more productively and actively than our parents and grandparents did as they reached a certain age, so it seems only natural to want the outer appearance to demonstrate the energy we feel on the inside. One way we help our patients do this is with laser skin resurfacing.
Lasers and Lights and Luster, oh My!
There is no doubt that laser and light therapies are beneficial for various skin concerns. This method of dermatologic treatment can minimize the appearance of rosacea, brown spots, and wrinkles. Depending on the strength of laser light, it is even possible to significantly improve the texture of the skin that has been marked with acne scars.
Laser treatments, in particular, are important to aesthetic medicine because the concentrated stream of light that penetrates the uppermost layers of tissue can be adjusted for individual preferences. Many people assume that laser treatments are quite painful, but that is not the case. There are two ways that lasers can treat the skin: ablatively or non-ablatively.
Ablative laser treatment is more aggressive and achieves dramatic results more quickly. This is because the stream of light literally removes the top layer of skin cells in a controlled manner. Patients are kept comfortable with appropriate medication both during and after their procedure. The benefit of an ablative laser treatment is that the deeper cells, which produce collagen and elastin, are not only stimulated, they are reorganized to work more efficiently.
Non-ablative laser treatments are gentler and do not require that you take time off work to recover. On the flip side, multiple treatments are usually necessary to achieve the desired results using this less concentrated or fractionated stream of laser light. Over the course of multiple treatments, this method of skin rejuvenation will support healthy collagen production for a younger appearance.
Our job is to help you determine the treatment or treatments that will bring out your inner, youthful self. To learn more about laser resurfacing or the other treatments available in our Denver office, call (303) 839-1616.