The Best Types of Laser Skin Treatments
- Posted on: Jul 22 2022
According to Business Wire, there are approximately four million laser skin treatments performed in the United States every year. They are consistently popular options for people with skin conditions. With all of the different types of laser skin treatments available, however, it can get confusing to know which will suit your needs best.
At North Dallas Dermatology Associates, we offer a variety of treatments that can impact how you look and feel. Learn more about what we recommend as the best types of laser skin treatments.
SmartXide DOT Laser
One of the most popular types of laser skin treatments we offer is SmartXide DOT — a fractional CO2 skin resurfacing option that uses dermal optical thermolysis (DOT) to create microscopic perforations, stimulating collagen production to leave smoother, more youthful skin.
SmartXide DOT laser treatments can help with many conditions, including:
- Acne scars
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Enlarged pores
- Loss of elasticity
This option is less aggressive than other CO2 laser skin treatments, which makes it easier to recover and get back to your life.
Collagen is essential for keeping your skin firm and hydrated. As you age, however, your natural production of collagen decreases, causing your skin to lose its elasticity and firmness.
SmartXide DOT laser treatments stimulate the production of collagen by creating micro-perforations using laser light. The thermal effect from the laser heats the layers of skin and promotes healing.
The recovery time is short because the procedure isn’t as invasive as other CO2 laser treatments can be. For most people, results can appear after just one session.
SmartXide DOT is a good treatment option for people with photo-damaged skin, mild wrinkles, and some skin laxity. If you are currently taking Accutane, have bleeding disorders, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, this may not be the best skin treatment.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing
CO2 laser resurfacing is widely known as one of the best laser skin treatments available. Carbon dioxide lasers can remove thin layers of your skin in a precise manner without harming the surrounding tissue. By boosting collagen production and stimulating new, undamaged skin to grow, CO2 laser resurfacing can help with:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Precancerous lesions
- Enlarged oil glands in the nose
You can choose light, medium, or deep CO2 laser skin treatments to fit your needs, and you can customize treatment with a few sessions of mild laser treatments or one deep session, depending on your lifestyle and schedule.
To perform this treatment, we use local anesthesia. If we decide to treat your entire face, we may choose general anesthesia.
Usually, you’ll begin seeing results about a month after these laser skin treatments.
Intense Pulsed Light
Intense pulsed light (IPL), also called a photo facial, is another of the most popular laser skin treatments we offer. This skin rejuvenation technique uses specific wavelengths of light to target certain pigments in the skin. If you have age spots and freckles, for example, the wavelengths will target tissue that has melanin.
The light from the laser heats the tissue to the exact degree that will cause the damage to fade.
IPL is a great treatment option for people with:
- Stretch marks
- Red scars
- Brown spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Vascular lesions
- Broken capillaries
- Enlarged pores
- Uneven skin texture and tone
If you are sensitive to light, are very dark-skinned, have a skin surfacing disorder, have keloid scar tissue, or have severe scarring, we will help you find an alternative treatment.
Most people benefit from three to seven sessions of IPL treatments. We will schedule each session at least two weeks apart to give your skin time to heal.
Virtue RF Microneedling + CoolPeel
Another laser skin treatment we offer is a combination of radiofrequency microneedling and a laser treatment called CoolPeel.
Microneedling creates micro-abrasions that stimulate the production of collagen, while the radiofrequency energy speeds up this production by heating up the targeted skin.
CoolPeel delivers the benefits of a CO2 treatment, but it targets only the top skin layers. This allows for new, healthier skin to grow.
This combination of treatments can help:
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Erase sun damage and sun spots
- Improve skin tone and texture
For this procedure, we use the most advanced CO2 laser, called the Tetra CO2. This laser uses very short pulses of light but delivers high energy to your skin.
To perform the procedure, we may use a topical anesthetic; in this case, there’s no need for injectable anesthesia.
You can see immediate results with this treatment option, and you can enjoy your rejuvenated skin for a substantial amount of time. We’ll customize your treatment to make sure that the downtime necessary for recovery suits your lifestyle.
Get the Best Laser Skin Treatments in Texas
Laser skin treatments are at the forefront of skin treatments. They can stimulate collagen production and help boost your skin cells’ regenerative qualities so that the new skin that forms is healthier and looks younger.
Laser skin treatments can offer these benefits with shorter downtimes than other procedures, ensuring that you can start enjoying your beautiful skin sooner.
At North Dallas Dermatology Associates, we proudly offer the best laser skin treatments to patients in and around Dallas, TX, including those in the Preston Hollow, Highland Park, Greenville, White Rock, University Park, Uptown Dallas, and SMU area.
We offer cosmetic, surgical, and medical dermatology treatments to help you achieve and maintain healthy skin throughout all stages of your life. Contact us right now to schedule an appointment with our team.
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