If you have skin that leaves you wishing you could turn back the hands of time in order to recover the look you had a few years ago, you should look into laser resurfacing with the profractional laser. You will notice some improvement in the tightness of your skin right away with more complete results coming over the following months as the collagen levels increase.
Collagen is a protein that is produced in the skin in order to provide fullness. Over time, the level of the substance will be reduced because the body slows its production rate. With less collagen present, the skin will start to loosen. This opens the door for lines and wrinkles to show up.
Profractional laser resurfacing treatments work by penetrating the skin with very tiny microscopic laser pulses. This produces therapeutic results in two ways. On the surface, the body’s healing process will go into motion due to the small channels the laser created. Because the surface as a whole is left in place, the healthy cells will speed along the healing process that will result in rejuvenated skin. This is in contrast to traditional ablative lasers that destroy the entire surface of the skin in the area that is being treated.
When the energy from the profractional laser penetrates the skin, it converts to heat when it is absorbed by the deeper layers. The heat will stimulate the dermis to begin the collagen growth process since that is where the collagen is found. The dermis is the layer of skin beneath the outer layer, or epidermis.
You might also benefit from profractional laser resurfacing if you have unwanted sun spots on your skin. These spots most likely formed because of too much sun exposure through the years. When you are exposed to the sun, your skin will increase its melanin level as a way of protecting itself against damage that could be caused by the UV rays. This is actually how you get a tan since it is melanin that supplies pigment. Therefore, when you are working on your tan, you are actually increasing the melanin in a way that it is spread evenly through the exposed skin. For some reason, repeating this process over and over will cause the melanin to concentrate in patches as opposed to being evenly distributed. As a result, dark spots will be visible, and they will not fade the way a tan will. They will be there permanently unless you pursue professional treatment to make them go away.
When the skin absorbs the laser energy, the excessive melanin will be broken up and dispersed. Over the following days, the sun spots will fade. You will then be able to enjoy evenly toned skin once again.
Make an appointment at Lux: A Medical Spa to learn more about this form of laser resurfacing. We also offer treatments via the Microlaser peel and the Sciton® erbium laser. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Bluffton!