There are hundreds of technologies currently available to address the visible signs of skin aging. One such technology is the Laser, which stands for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation,” but how does it work?
Both ablative and non-ablative lasers use highly concentrated light beams of improve the skin texture. Simultaneously, the laser energy heats the underlying skin called the dermis, and together this resurfacing procedure will improve the skin’s overall tone and texture by reducing wrinkles, dark spots, blemishes, and even some acne scars.
The Main Benefits of Laser Resurfacing Treatment:
Reduce or minimize fine lines or wrinkles.
Reduce appearance of brown spots and hyperpigmentation (sun damage), redness or discoloration.
Restore uneven skin tone and skin discoloration.
Improve skin laxity.
Stimulate collagen production.
Minimize acne or surgical scar tissue.
Reduce the size and appearance of pores.
How Different Types of Lasers Work
Ablative lasers remove outer layers of skin, called the epidermis, and encourage new skin to regenerate in its place. How deep the laser penetrates depends on the wavelength of the light. Fractionated ablative lasers are being used more and more because they break up the laser energy into thousands of tiny beams to treat only a small fraction of the skin in the treatment area, which reduces downtime by not completely removing the outer layers of the skin. The improvements from ablative laser resurfacing are long-lasting and dramatic, but they can appear gradually over time as healing and new collagen regeneration take place. It can take many months before you see optimal results from the fractional laser treatment. There is typically some downtime with these procedures that can range from 3-10 days depending on your skin condition and the type of procedure performed.
Both ablative and non-ablative lasers use highly concentrated light beams to improve the skin texture. The heat generated by the non-ablative laser promotes collagen production which causes the skin to contract and tighten for a younger and healthier appearance. Non-ablative lasers can also be fractionated, so they deliver heat into the skin through thousands of tiny, deep columns known as microthermal treatment zones with normal untreated skin in the surrounding areas. The fractional approach allows the skin to heal much faster versus treating the entire surface of the skin. This approach reduces the recovery time and reduces the number of complications that can occur. Oftentimes multiple sessions are required for optimal results and there is typically no downtime with non-ablative laser procedures. The skin may appear pink and have a sand-paper type texture for a few days following treatment.
Pre-Procedure and Post-Procedure Care
Fortunately, if you are wondering how to better prepare your skin for optimal results, and to reduce downtime after the procedure, there are skin care products you can incorporate into your routine before and immediately following the procedure. To prep the treatment area, we recommend applying Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology® for the 2 weeks leading up to the procedure and for the 2 weeks following the procedure.
Designed to support the regeneration of healthy elastin and collagen, calm skin redness, and support optimal results of the treatment, Regenerating Skin Nectar is formulated using potent antioxidants and peptides to protect the skin barrier and reduce the appearance of redness as the skin heals after laser skin rejuvenation.
Watch the video to see how ALASTIN Skincare® partner Jessica Christy pairs Regenerating Skin Nectar with her laser procedure.
For some more invasive laser treatments, it is helpful to further seal in moisture by applying an intensive hydration product to the skin, such as our Soothe + Protect Recovery Balm. Our Soothe + Protect Recovery Balm is formulated with Physalis Angulata Extract, Chamomile Extract, and Shea Butter Triterpenes to support cell renewal and nourish the skin’s protective barrier post-procedure. After receiving a laser treatment, texture and tone may appear uneven for a few days.
Contact your healthcare professional to find out which type of laser skin resurfacing treatment is right for your skin type.
Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology® is clinically proven to enhance treatment results:
Prepares facial skin prior to a procedure to optimize results.
Calms post-procedure skin and helps reduce downtime.
Patented TriHex Technology® helps support the production of new, healthy elastin and collagen, helps preserve your procedure results.
Improved recovery post-laser resurfacing and greater patient experience
*Photographs are unretouched laser resurfacing before and after results. Individual results may vary. Data on File at ALASTIN Skincare® .Photos provided by Lucy Barr, MD. ALASTIN Skincare Regimen: Regenerating Skin Nectar used twice daily on the treated area. Patient used for 2 weeks prior to the procedure and immediately after. Procedure: TOTALFX Fractional Laser treatment. Comparator Regimen: comparator cream used twice daily
Help hydrate, soothe, and strengthen compromised skin.
Expert Opinion: Prepping Skin For A Procedure
"I love using ALASTIN Skin Nectar both prior to laser procedures and after laser treatments to optimize the results of the laser treatments. The benefit of using Skin Nectar prior to laser treatments is that it prepares the skin for the collagen and elastin remodeling that occurs after the laser procedures. I always apply it immediately after the procedure to help alleviate the initial burning or heat sensation that occurs. Then, I encourage my patients to use it for 2 weeks after the laser treatments in order to minimize the redness, decrease the downtime, and also enhance the results. I personally use the product and believe in the real science behind it."
Dr. Nazanin Saedi Jefferson Laser Surgery and Cosmetic Center
“ALASTIN Regenerating Skin Nectar is one of the best-selling products in my office. It not only works to enhance post-treatment recovery (such as non-ablative laser treatments) but patients fall in love with it once they feel it and want to continue using it even after recovery. I recommend it also for rejuvenation, along with its sister product ALASTIN Restorative Skin Complex.”
Dr. Lorrie Klein OC Dermatology>
Contact your healthcare professional to find out which type of laser skin treatment is right for you.