Lasers used for the treatment of aging skin and deep wrinkles were previously ablative lasers. Ablative implies the full removal of a superficial layer of skin. In the past, most CO2 (carbon dioxide) lasers were ablative. Although the gold standard of laser rejuvenation for its aggressive repair, it was also known for the lengthy recovery it required. Patient were left oozing, swollen and bloody and relegated to at-home post procedure application of vinegar soaks and greasy creams. Removing a layer of skin also left patients with a pale and ghostly pallor.
There are a multitude of lasers on the market and lasers with different treatment heads to address different conditions. From hair removal to wrinkle repair, it’s easy to feel you’re in the dark with so many laser options. A basic understanding of the laser language is good to have, but let your treatment professional light the way to the laser you really need.