Most skin rejuvenation techniques, whether laser, ultrasound or chemical, seek to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin in the deeper layers of the skin. Each method seeks to affect existing collagen in such a way that it triggers the body into starting a natural rejuvenating process.
Laser resurfacing uses light to penetrate the skin and heat the collagen layer below the surface. As existing tissue coagulates, the body kicks into action, removing the old components and creating new proteins that support the skin and reduce the appearance and depth of lines and wrinkles. Ablative lasers also renew the surface layers of the skin, eliminating blemishes, spots, and other flaws.
The Herschthal Practice uses the SmartXide DOT CO2 laser as its ablative resurfacing choice. It offers minimal downtime with maximum effect.
CynoSure’s Icon serves the non-ablative resurfacing tasks. Still working the under layers of the skin, regenerating support tissue, the surface skin is left intact, making treatments a no-downtime experience while still offering an effective collagen renewal treatment.
The choice depends on your skin treatment goals. Collagen regeneration, part of each laser process, adds volume and smoothness below the surface layer of the skin, filling voids and reducing the depth of lines, wrinkles, and creases. For a patient with even skin tone and few dark spots, the doctor may choose the Icon system for treatment. The patient can return immediately to their day-to-day tasks and new collagen forms over the next few weeks.
When the outer layer of skin needs renewing as well, due to age spots, redness or uneven skin tone, the DOT CO2 laser may be the best choice. As well as renewing deep skin layers, this treatment provides an aggressive exfoliation of the outer layers, suitable for smooth skin tone and fading dark spots. There is a short recovery time typically lasting a few days.
There may be some irritation, redness, and swelling, particularly from ablative resurfacing, though these are part of the process, not side effects. After-treatment creams sometimes temporarily aggravate acne. Otherwise, complications are rare, but these can include infection and scarring.