As the year winds down and we enter the festive months of November and December, there’s a buzz in the dermatological community. Welcome to “laser season,” the perfect time for laser skin resurfacing treatments. But why now? The reduced sun exposure in these months minimizes risks associated with post-treatment sun sensitivity, making it the ideal season to schedule a session. Let’s explore the various types of laser treatments available and how they can rejuvenate your skin.
Types of Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments
Laser skin resurfacing is a revolutionary procedure that uses targeted beams of light to reduce skin irregularities and promote collagen production. Here’s a closer look at the different types of laser treatments:
BroadBand Light (BBL) Therapy
BBL is a cutting-edge laser therapy that uses broad-spectrum light to target signs of aging and sun damage. It’s non-invasive and highly effective at treating a wide range of skin conditions.
- Reduces the appearance of age spots and freckles
- Evens out skin pigmentation
- Enhances skin firmness
- Minimizes the appearance of pores
BBL is used to treat sun damage, age spots, and redness, providing a more even skin tone.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy
IPL therapy is similar to BBL but uses a different light spectrum to treat skin pigmentation issues and minor blemishes.
- Diminishes the look of sunspots
- Corrects hyperpigmentation
- Treats vascular lesions
- Improves skin texture
IPL is ideal for treating rosacea, hyperpigmentation, and photoaging with minimal downtime.
HALO Laser Treatment
HALO combines ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to address skin concerns at multiple levels.
- Targets discoloration and sun damage
- Improves skin tone and texture
- Enhances reflectivity and glow
- Offers a customizable treatment experience
HALO is used for comprehensive skin rejuvenation, targeting both superficial and deeper layers of the skin.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing
CO2 laser resurfacing is an ablative laser that removes layers of skin tissue in a fractionated method to reveal new, youthful skin.
- Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
- Tightens the skin and improves elasticity
- Smoothens out scars, including acne scars
- Stimulates collagen production for long-term benefits
CO2 laser is particularly effective for deeper wrinkles and more significant age-related skin issues.
Sublative rejuvenation uses radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production, resulting in healthy, vibrant skin.
- Offers a more youthful complexion
- Addresses mild to moderate wrinkles and scarring
- Works on all skin types, including darker tones
- Involves minimal downtime
Sublative is often used for texture improvements, tightening, and reducing the appearance of acne scars.
Sublime Skin Tightening
Sublime combines infrared light and bipolar radiofrequency to contour the skin, tighten lax areas, and stimulate collagen.
- Provides a non-surgical facelift effect
- Enhances jawline definition
- Reduces sagging around the neck and jowls
- Improves overall skin quality
Sublime is used for skin tightening and contouring without the need for invasive surgery.
Why Laser Season is the Best Time for Resurfacing
During November and December, the cooler weather and shorter days naturally protect our skin from the intense sun exposure that can complicate the healing process post-laser treatment. This “laser season” is the opportune time to undergo laser resurfacing when you’re less likely to experience the potential side effects of sun sensitivity.
Alternatives to Laser Skin Resurfacing
While laser skin resurfacing offers transformative results, it’s just one option among many. Your provider may also discuss alternative treatments such as chemical peels, which use a chemical solution to remove the outer layers of old skin, or microneedling, a procedure that uses fine needles to puncture the skin and generate new collagen and skin tissue.
Consult with a Provider at Academic Alliance in Dermatology
The journey to revitalized skin is deeply personal and should be navigated with a professional. At Academic Alliance in Dermatology, we offer a comprehensive consultation to discuss your goals, evaluate your skin, and recommend the most effective treatment plan for you. Whether it’s laser resurfacing or another therapy, we’re here to guide you to your best skin yet.