Summary: Believe it or not, laser technology is one of the most common tools used in facial rejuvenation procedures. Understanding the different types of lasers surgeons use will help you be more comfortable with your procedure.
Not as Bad As it Sounds
Oftentimes when we think of lasers we think of Star Wars or mad scientists in a laboratory, but the truth is, lasers can be used in a variety of different ways and some of these ways may actually help you look younger. Facial rejuvenation procedures can leave you looking more refreshed, more youthful, and more confident and, you guessed it, these things are all achievable with laser technology. Learning more about the technology will help you to be even more excited for your rejuvenation!
Different Types of Lasers
There are a number of different kinds of lasers used in cosmetic surgery and during facial rejuvenation procedures. Understanding the technology will give you an even better grasp on how lasers can help you achieve a more youthful look. Below is a sample of the different types of lasers used by cosmetic surgeons so you can be prepared when undergoing your facial rejuvenation:
- Ablative Lasers: Chances are if you know anything about facial rejuvenation already, these are the lasers that come to your mind first. The oldest types of facial lasers, ablative measures are traditionally used to literally burn the skin off of the face and resurface your appearance. This creates long term tightening and can remove any blemishes or lines that you wish. The abrasive treatment can lead to a painful recovery, but in the world of facial rejuvenation ablative lasers are the absolute gold standard.
- Nonablative Lasers: If the above paragraph scared you a little, there is no need to worry. Because of the long recovery times caused by ablative lasers, surgeons and doctors developed a way to rejuvenate the skin without burning it off. Nonablative measures involve heating the skin but leaving the surgace untouched. There is zero downtime with this procedure, but the downside is that it takes multiple nonablative treatments to achieve the look of just one ablative laser treatment.
- Fractional Lasers: Fractional lasers are a perfect balance of the above two options because it finds a happy medium. These lasers don’t burn off the entire layer of skin, but they are powerful enough to burn a “fraction” of the surface. Many patients love this option because it is a nice balance between the two extremes. Skin tightening and exfoliation can be achieved with less downtime than more abrasive measures.
Your Own Rejuvenation
Lasers seem crazy, like something out of a science fiction novel, but the truth is the technology has been developed for facial rejuvenation for many years. Understanding the ins and outs of this technology will help you determine which laser treatment will give you the results you most desire. Discussing everything you’ve learned here with a cosmetic surgeon like New York cosmetic surgeon Dr. Grigoriy Mashkevich will guarantee that you undergo the procedure that will work best for your face. If you are looking for a tighter, more youthful look, laser technology may be just the thing to help you achieve it… even if it sounds a little out there!