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How Do Aesthetic Lasers Work?

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When it comes to beauty treatments, the word “laser” may seem a little scary, but aesthetic lasers have been used for years to easily reduce the look of wrinkles, scars, brown spots, and more. At our Lancaster aesthetics company, we have several lasers that we use for a variety of services – here’s how they work:

The main component of how a laser works is heat. When the laser is activated, it emits a single wavelength of energy. This energy is then targeted at an area of color or substance, which absorbs the energy. After that, the energy is turned to heat, which is then used to vaporize or remove unwanted skin tissue from the face or body.

Lasers are popular for small things like wrinkles, brown spots, and blood vessels because of their accuracy. These tools can target very small areas of skin and affect only those areas without compromising the skin around them. As the laser targets a specific area, it stimulates the growth of fibroblast cells, which then turn to collagen to provide firmer, younger-looking skin.

Types of Lasers

The word “laser” is actually an acronym that stands for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.” While most aesthetic lasers operate in the same way, there are different types of lasers that are used for different treatments.

Ablative lasers: These lasers are used to remove the top layer of the skin in order to smooth and even pigmentation as well as strengthen and tighten the new skin. They are most used for smoothing acne scars and/or addressing age-related skin laxity. These types of treatments require the most downtime.

Non-ablative lasers: As you may have guessed, non-ablative lasers are gentler on the skin. These lasers don’t break the skin’s surface – instead, they heat up the targeted area without actually destroying it. They are most used for filling in fine lines and wrinkles and/or fading away brown spots. These types of treatments require little downtime.

Components: Today, there are many different components that can be used in lasers and each one provides a specific result to an aesthetician. Some of the most popular components include:

  • CO2
  • Erbium
  • IPL
  • Nd:YAG
  • Pulsed-dye
  • Infrared
  • Alexandrite
  • KTP

At Medical Cosmetics, our Lancaster aesthetics professionals use the best lasers available to treat a variety of skin issues. If you’re interested in improving the look and feel of your skin, schedule a consultation with us today. We’ll help you decide which laser treatment is right for you.