Skin Exfoliation with Laser Ablation
There has been a demand for new and innovative ways to resurface and exfoliate the skin in the last couple of decades. There have been many new ways introduced in recent years like chemical peels and dermabrasion. These are both non-invasive ways of treating fine lines, wrinkles and scarring from acne. Sometimes, a more invasive method is needed to deal with more demanding skin issues. This is where skin exfoliation with laser ablation comes into play.
What is Laser Ablation?
The laser ablation skin exfoliating technique involves the use of a high-power laser. It’s passed over areas of the skin that need to be exfoliated to reveal the new skin underneath the top surface. This laser basically creates what the body perceives to be a minor injury, and the attempts to repair the “damage” follow almost immediately. The laser heats up the epidermis as well as the dermis.
What Makes It Work So Well?
In order to understand why laser ablation takes the lead in major skin exfoliation procedures, it is important to understand what collagen is. Collagen is the major connective tissue found everywhere in the human body. It’s found in cartilage, muscle connective tissue and also in the skin. It basically holds the body together.
As we age, collagen production begins to decline. This is why when we reach middle age, and sometimes sooner for others, we begin to notice fine lines, wrinkles and even sagging skin. We might also find that we are not as agile as we once used to be.
As mentioned before, the laser reaches deep into the second layer of the skin as well. This causes the body to send out healing agents, one of which is collagen, to repair the area. As the areas affected by the laser begin to heal, collagen production is increased significantly. This is why, after the treated area heals, younger, fresher skin is revealed.
What Laser Ablation Can Treat
Skin exfoliation with laser ablation can treat skin conditions like spider veins, acne scarring and rosacea as well as deep wrinkles and skin tags. The condition called actinic keratosis is a skin condition that produces rough, scaly patches on the skin that are caused by overexposure to direct sunlight. All types of skin can be treated because our dermatologists can regulate the frequency and intensity of the laser beam to suit all skin types.
Learn More During a Consultation
To see if skin exfoliation with laser ablation is right for you, make an appointment at the Colton Center for Facial Cosmetic Surgery. Our office is located in Novi. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!