Understanding the Different Types of Laser Treatments

Lasers are devices that can emit concentrated beams of light at a particular wavelength by stimulating atoms or molecules. Laser technology has many uses, ranging from reattaching retinas to cutting through wood. 

However, when it comes to dermatology applications, lasers fall into two categories: ablative and non-ablative.

Ablative lasers remove the damaged top layer of the skin (epidermis) and heat the dermis. In contrast, non-ablative lasers penetrate the skin without damaging the top layer of the skin. These two basic lasers can be further broken down into many subcategories, depending on their wavelength (the light color emitted by the laser). 

From our experts at Colorado Skin Care, here’s everything you need to know about lasers in dermatology.

Intense-pulsed light (IPL™) laser for hyperpigmentation 

IPL lasers shoot rapid pulses of light that destroy the pigmented skin cells. Because the laser causes small wounds, it triggers collagen and elastin production, proteins that are rushed to the injury site to restore the damaged tissues. 

Over time, the pigmented skin cells disappear, leaving you with a clear and even complexion.

The Morpheus8 for a smoother, sleeker appearance

The Morpheus8 is a tool that can penetrate deep layers of the skin and stimulate collagen and elastin production, helping patients attain a smoother and younger appearance. With this tool, our expert can fight the signs of aging all over your body.

Forma laser

The Forma laser uses radiofrequency to penetrate the skin layers without harming your skin. When the laser is pointed at your cells, the cells heat up, causing your skin to tighten due to increased collagen and elastin production. 

Radiofrequency energy is often used to treat loose and wrinkly skin on the arms and belly. 

Learn more about how laser treatments can improve the quality of your skin

The treatments used by our experts are gentle and have minimal side effects. In the first few days after the treatments, you may experience some redness and tightness, but you’ll be able to carry on your daily activities without significant changes. 

Laser treatments temporarily increase your skin’s sensitivity to UV rays, so it’s recommended to stay out of the sun and use sunscreen to protect yourself.

If you’re interested in learning more about our laser treatments, contact us to schedule an appointment at our office in Englewood, Colorado. Feel free to go through our before and after photo gallery to get a better idea of what laser treatments can treat and what type of results you can expect to see after a few sessions.

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