How Does Ablative Laser Resurfacing Work?
Laser resurfacing can either be ablative or non-ablative. Ablative laser resurfacing involves the actual ablation or removal of the epidermis using laser beams, in order to reveal new skin. Here, the epidermis is literally vaporized using the heat energy of the laser beams.
The two main types of ablative laser machines are carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers and erbium lasers. These laser techniques create a uniform injury on your skin so as to remove your unwanted blemishes.
What Are Carbon Dioxide Lasers?
Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing machines make use of short pulsed light energy or continuous light beams, that when exposed to your skin, are able to get rid of your imperfections such as wrinkles, scars, birthmarks, large oil glands, and even skin cancer spots. A recovery time of up to two weeks should be expected.
What Are Erbium Lasers?
Erbium laser treatments are recommended for patients who have mild wrinkles at most, because the lasers used in this case are not as intense as the carbon dioxide lasers. Compared to carbon dioxide lasers, erbium lasers have fewer side effects as less skin tissue is burned. You will still experience bruising, swelling, and redness however, but it will only last for one week on the average.