The laser skin resurfacing procedure intimidates me because of the laser. How does the laser actually work, and is it as dangerous as it sounds?
Lasers are nothing more than a single wavelength of light focused into a beam and targeted at a specific tissue type. The lasers used for skin resurfacing target the water in the skin causing the outer layers of the skin to be ablated in a very controlled fashion. Lasers are only dangerous if the person operating it does not pay attention to well designed safety precautions. As long as you see someone with significant experience with laser safety and operation the procedure should be safe and effective.
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