With advances in laser technology, it is now possible to significantly improve aged or sun-damaged skin. Ablative laser skin resurfacing is one of the most effective cosmetic procedures for improving aging skin available in the clinic of Top Skin Doctor in Islamabad – Prof. Dr. Ikram Ullah Khan.
The procedure works by delivering an intense wavelength of light to the skin, which removes the outer layers of aged or sun damaged skin. In addition, the laser stimulates the underlying skin, resulting in collagen formation and an improvement in wrinkles. As the laser skin heals following the procedure, new skin forms that is smoother and tighter.
Ablative lasers are used to treat:
It is important to note that laser resurfacing cannot remove deep wrinkles or excessive or sagging skin. In addition, the effects aren’t permanent because as you age, you continue to develop wrinkles. Repeated treatments may be necessary.
Carbon Dioxide Laser
The fully ablative CO2 laser was introduced in 1968 and became the original gold standard for improvement in photoaging. The CO2 laser emits monochromatic light with a wavelength of 10,600 nm, which is highly absorbed by water and results in ablation of the epidermis and part of the dermis.
Erbium YAG Laser
Er:YAG 2,940 nm was next introduced after CO2 as a fully ablative option hopeful of having fewer side effects and faster healing. A shorter wavelength laser, Er:YAG emits light at a wavelength of 2,940 nm, which more closely approximates the peak absorption of water (3,000 nm).
Er:YAG lasers produce inferior skin tightening than CO2 lasers when the fluence and number of passes used are comparable.
Laser skin resurfacing targets the outer layer of your skin while simultaneously heating the lower layers in the dermis. This will promote collagen production.
Ideally, new collagen fibers will help produce new skin that is smoother in texture and firmer to the touch.
The procedure involves the following steps:
Like other cosmetic procedures, laser skin resurfacing does pose the risk for side effects.
Consult Prof. Dr. Ikram Ullah Khan – Top Skin Doctor in Islamabad for more details about this procedure.