Spots, Scars, and Stretch Marks: Lasers Can Treat Them All

Your skin takes a beating. The older you get, the more your life story shows up in the spots, scars, and stretch marks that get left behind. With summer fast approaching, the season of showing off your skin will soon be upon you. Creams and serums can help reduce the appearance of unsightly marks, but they require months to work and may not be sufficient.

If you’re seeking fast results and a treatment that’s highly effective with even the most difficult discolorations, it’s time to turn to lasers. Essence Skin Clinic can help. Read on to learn more.

What is laser resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing is a proven treatment procedure that improves the look and feel of skin by reducing wrinkles, improving tone, and tightening skin. It is also used to treat minor, superficial flaws like sun or age spots, scars, and stretch marks.

How does laser resurfacing work?

Lasers work by delivering targeted light and removing layers of skin. However, not all laser treatments are created equal. In fact, different laser therapies vary widely in what they do on and for your skin. For example, ablative lasers work by directly removing the top layer of skin.

Non-ablative (non-wounding) lasers, on the other hand, stimulate collagen production to promote younger looking skin by heating deeper layers of skin tissue without wounding the surface. The popular and effective ProFractional Laser and BroadBand Light (BBL) Lasers are examples of the non-wounding type of laser treatment. Other lasers use fractional photothermolysis and can be either ablative or non-ablative.

What should I expect with laser treatment?

Your laser treatment experience will differ based on type of laser and course of treatment selected. All options come with different side effects. For most treatments, skin will first be treated with a local anesthetic cream to decrease any discomfort.

Because the surface of the skin is not damaged with non-ablative lasers, patients experience faster recovery times with less swelling, redness, or tenderness as compared to ablative treatments. With all laser treatments, brown skin spots typically get darker before fading.

Ablative laser treatment is generally more intense and may require additional anesthetics. It also comes with a longer recovery period, depending on course of treatment, and recovery can take up to two weeks. Despite the increased intensity and longer recovery period, ablative lasers are generally more effective at removing larger or more complex skin imperfections.

Where can I get laser resurfacing?

Laser treatments are considered safe and effective for most patients looking to reduce the appearance of spots, scars, and stretch marks. They also come with the added bonus of being less costly than surgical alternatives with a faster recovery time. However, different laser options can affect your skin in different ways. As such, it’s important to seek experienced, high-quality treatment centers with staff dedicated to skin.

Ready to learn more about which laser option is best for you? Contact Essence Skin Clinic for a consultation today!

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