Cosmetic Improvement Less Of A Procedure
Technology is shedding new light on the way dermatologists treat a number of age-related skin conditions.
Dermatologists say lasers have become an increasingly popular method for improving common skin imperfections—including fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and uneven skin tone.
"Lasers are no longer being reserved for the most aggressive procedures," says Robert Adrian, M.D., Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center and Director, Center for Laser Surgery, Washington, D.C.
"Today, mild to moderate flaws are being treated more gently with lasers, providing the benefits of advanced technology without the prolonged healing times often associated with older, more traditional treatments."
Dr. Adrian says lasers such as the UltraPulse Encore are changing the face of dermatology. This laser uses a special "CO2Lite" setting to target and vaporize water in the cells of the uppermost layer of skin—with only one pass of the laser beam. The result is generally fresh, new skin and collagen growth with less cost, risk, and recovery time than deep laser resurfacing.
This laser is considered most effective for the problems that affect people over 40.
Tests show that individuals with mild to deep wrinkles, especially those caused by overexposure to the sun, also respond well to treatment with the UltraPulse Encore. For these patients, new collagen growth stimulated by the laser generally has a positive effect, resulting in younger looking, smoother skin.
Lasers are becoming a common method of treatment for many cosmetic imperfections.