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Laser Technology Breakthroughs

By Lisa Cohen Lee
Posted On Jul 23, 2014

The New Wave

Keep your skin care on point with the latest laser technology.

PHOTOGRAPH by Jutta Klee/Ableimages/Corbis

If we buy into the concept that 40 is the new 20, this means we’re required to look a full two decades younger. Unfortunately, our skin reveals evidence of past sins in the form of red spots, brown spots, scars, and wrinkles. Sun worship, toxins, hormone changes, and simple aging all play a part. This decline occurs despite our best efforts with products, peels, and facials, and ultimately becomes a function of time and environmental exposure.

Fortunately, a new generation of resurfacing lasers has arrived that can reliably revitalize skin to its former youthful glow, safely and with minimal downtime. However, there are a dizzying number of new resurfacing lasers in the marketplace, all with claims that they’re the best. What’s important is to understand which technology is best for you.

ABLATIVE RESURFACING
Ablative resurfacing is the best single restorative solution for dull, aging, scarred, or uneven skin. The treatments can be individualized to remove just the most superficial cell layers, for a quick freshening, or address the deeper cell layers, for correction of wrinkles, scars, skin cancers, and pigment.

The lighter treatment, known as “fractional resurfacing,” has quickly become the most successful antidote for correction of acne scars, as well as for softening fine lines and lightening age spots. It can also be used to rejuvenate the neck, décolleté, hands, and body, all with little recovery time. “Fractional resurfacing lasers cause tiny microscopic perforations in your skin,” says Jamie Sherrill, known as “Nurse Jamie” and the co-owner of Beauty Park Medical Spa in Santa Monica, California. “The area around each of these perforations is intact and allows the skin to heal rapidly by producing new collagen.”

 

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