I’m considering laser skin resurfacing to even out my complexion and smooth out some fine lines on my face. The more research I do, the more confused I am by all the different types of laser. Can you clarify the issue for me?
There are many different types of lasers and light devices for skin rejuvenation. Rather than go into a long discussion about all of the different types, let’s just say that most of the devices that claim to reduce wrinkles will not do so. They may be good for pigment and vessel ablation, but do not work well to reduce wrinkling. The lasers that are effective for fine lines and wrinkles all ablate or remove the epidermis and dermis. Most of these devices are either Erbium or CO2 in nature. Even narrowing the discussion to those devices there are many different brands such as Fraxel, FX, Dot and Matrix. Some of these devices are fully ablative, meaning they remove the entire outer layer of the skin to some degree and others are fractionated and leave some untreated skin in-between the treated skin in order to get a result, but with a faster healing time. Getting a consultation will allow the discussion to be narrowed to address your specific concerns.
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