Through repetitive contraction of facial muscles, years of exposure to sun and loss of skin elasticity as you age, can lead to development of wrinkles. As with age the collagen production reduces. That leads to forming fine lines and wrinkles.
Laser resurfacing can be the solution for most skin irregularities, wrinkles and acne scars in the face. Mostly skin resurfacing treatments with lasers are anti-age treatments which are suitable for most patients.
The following patient was treated by Dr Ron Shelton with Sciton Erbium ablative Laser Resurfacing for Deep Sun Damage and Wrinkles.
Erbium ablative laser is powerful and is designed to remove the outer layer of the skin. The depth and duration of the treatment will depend on each patient’s skin condition. Erbium laser stimulates the growth of new collagen while eliminating damaged or dead skin. Dr. Shelton recommends this ablative laser for sun damage and wrinkles because it allows more precision.
Laser resurfacing has two types of treatments: ablative and non-ablative.
Many superficial skin irregularities such as sun damage, skin texture and dark spots can be reversed with nonablative lasers. Nonablative lasers are minimally invasive. They are effective at removing the outer layer of the skin treating mild to moderate wrinkles and skin discoloration.
Non-ablative lasers are made with light or ultrasound technology and they are best at improving skin tone and texture. They are able to stimulate the sub-dermal layers of skin. It is a non-invasive treatment which is useful for stimulating the collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles. Ablative lasers can remove the skin’s top layer while non-ablative work by heating the underlying skin tissues triggering your body to produce new collagen. Surrounding tissues are not affected. The fractional approach of the non-ablative laser helps the skin to heal much faster than fully ablative lasers.
The best way to find out the right treatment for you is to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Shelton and he will guide you based on your skin type and cosmetic goals.
Can Laser skin resurfacing remove wrinkles?
Laser treatments can reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, however it depends on the type of laser and how well your body will respond to it. It either removes skin layers one by one, or passes through the epidermis targeting the dermis to work inside out, and the new cells that form can give a tighter and rejuvenated face It uses light and heat energy to cause controlled damage to the surface of the skin, so that your body reacts to heal the tissue by creating new skin.
Recovery period depends on the type and strength of laser used. There is less recovery with fractional than fully ablative lasers. The downtime ranges from a few days to two weeks.
Are results permanent?
On average, the laser skin resurfacing results will last longer without continued sun exposure and varies on the type of laser.