Lasers & IPL
Lasers and IPL therapy are excellent options for restoring a more youthful, beautiful complexion. These light-based treatments are useful for treating wrinkles, discolorations, and scars.
Lasers generate very specific beams of energy that can be highly focused at the skin. When performing laser treatment for skin rejuvenation, a laser device is selected that has the most ideal wavelength for the condition being treated. For example, one laser may have a wavelength that best treats brown spots, while another laser may have a wavelength that is ideal for treating wrinkles. After the appropriate device is selected, the parameters of the laser (such as power, spot size, and pulse width) can be customized for each specific patient to reduce risk and optimize results.
Laser skin resurfacing can be performed with either ablative lasers or non-ablative lasers. Ablative lasers are more invasive because they cause controlled wounds involving the surface of the skin, while non-ablative lasers work by treating underlying tissue without causing wounds at the skin surface. Compared to non-ablative lasers, ablative lasers are associated with greater downtime but can yield much greater results.
Fractional lasers have revolutionized ablative laser technology. These devices work by splitting the laser energy into numerous tiny beams that are spaced out. As such, only a fraction of the skin surface is able to be treated. This reduces the risk and down-time that is associated with more traditional lasers that work by ablating the entire skin surface.
IPL devices are technically not lasers, because these devices generate multiple wavelengths of light energy (as opposed to a single specific wavelength). IPL devices are commonly used for skin rejuvenation by treating pigmentation and redness.