Skin Laser Treatment Q&A

What is skin laser treatment used for?

There are two types of skin laser treatments in dermatology practices.  Both use radiofrequency heating to change the appearance of your skin.  Laser resurfacing can be used to treat wrinkles of the face, skin blemishes, acne scars, and even pre-cancerous skin lesions. It also called a “laser peel” or “laser vaporization”. Laser skin toning is used to tone the skin of the face and body using laser-applied heat treatments.

Is laser treatment good for skin?

Laser resurfacing treatments take off thin layers of damaged skin, leaving healthy skin behind so the appearance of the skin is improved. In that respect, it can be good for areas of sun-damaged skin that might otherwise turn into skin cancer.

What are the side effects of laser treatment?

Laser treatment ideally will improve your skin’s appearance. There are side effects, however.  There can be skin burning from the heat of the laser, which can lead to scarring and changes in skin pigmentation.  If the skin is disrupted unintentionally, you can get a bacterial infection and, if you’ve had cold sores in the past, they can become reactivated by the skin laser resurfacing procedure. 

Is laser treatment painful?

The amount of pain you have with laser skin resurfacing varies according to the depth of the treatment and the amount of your face treated.  When small areas of the face are treated superficially, a local anesthetic can be applied before the procedure.  If the resurfacing involves the entire face and if deeper areas of the skin are treated, a general anesthetic may be necessary.  There may be swelling and discomfort for a few days after the procedure but these can be treated with pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Does laser skin tightening really work?

Laser skin tightening is slightly different from laser skin resurfacing.  Radiofrequency heat is used to stimulate the skin to make firming collagen and elastin proteins that tone the skin. While the treatment takes just minutes, you will need to wait until the skin heals to see an effect and it may take more than one treatment.  It relies on the natural healing properties of the tissues to improve the way the skin looks    

Does laser cause cancer?

There is no scientific evidence that laser skin resurfacing causes cancer. To the contrary, this procedure can actually be preventive against certain types of skin cancer.  Precancerous skin changes can be removed with the laser resurfacing technique so these cannot later cause cancer. 

What is Aerolase Laser?

The Aerolase Neo is an aesthetic medical laser that provides a premium patient experience unrivaled in dermatology and aesthetics. Uniquely gentle, the Neo offers complete skin rejuvenation in a safe, effective, and tolerable treatment for all skin types and tones. The Neo’s unique 650-microsecond technology is attracted to a combination of melanin, hemoglobin, and water in the skin tissue – which contribute to your skin’s signs of aging. The Neo’s energy passes through the skin to selectively heat these targets without adverse effects – resulting in clear, healthy skin. The 650-microsecond pulse eliminates discomfort during treatment and provides safe, highly efficacious results for even the darkest skin tones.

The laser is effective for:

  • acne
  • dark spots and melasma
  • scars
  • aging skin
  • rosacea
  • skin tightening
  • unwanted hair/hirsutism
  • and more

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