Regardless of what you see in magazines, no one has perfect skin. Everyone experiences unwanted hair, blemishes, wrinkles, discoloration, and other skin concerns.
While there are hundreds of creams, masks, serums, and other treatments you can try to restore your skin’s smooth, glowing appearance, nothing compares to laser treatments.
At The Skin Retreat in Little Rock, AR, we’ve seen how effectively cosmetic laser treatments can rejuvenate your skin, and to that end, we offer our patients several options that target specific skin concerns.
What Are Cosmetic Lasers?
Cosmetic lasers use energy derived from wavelengths of light or heat to precisely target areas of concern on the skin. Lasers break down cells and remove skin blemishes like hyperpigmentation.
Lasers also create controlled areas of microdamage that stimulate cell turnover and the body’s natural healing and rejuvenating response. Lasers target specific concerns while also providing an overall improvement to the skin’s tone and texture.
What Are Fractional Laser Treatments?
Fractional lasers resurface the skin through controlled damage. They use heat to create columns of damage in the skin surrounded by healthy skin, allowing the targeted areas to heal faster and decrease downtime and side effects.
Fractional lasers revitalize your complexion by triggering the body’s healing process and amplifying the production of collagen and elastin — proteins that make skin firmer and more resilient.
What’s the Difference Between Ablative and Non-Ablative?
Cosmetic lasers are either ablative or non-ablative. Ablative lasers remove the very top layer of skin, called the stratum corneum, while non-ablative lasers bypass the stratum corneum and target the deeper layers of the skin.
Ablative laser treatments often require downtime while the epidermis heals, but non-ablative laser treatments require little to no downtime.
What Can Fractional Lasers Do?
Fractional laser treatments are among the most effective and versatile options for patients seeking skin rejuvenation. Some of the concerns fractional lasers treat include:
- Poor and uneven skin tone
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne Scars
- Poor skin texture
- Sun damage
- Spider veins
Newer laser treatments also offer skin tightening and smoothing benefits.
How Do Fractional Lasers Differ?
While all fractional lasers create columns of damage in the skin to stimulate cell turnover and healing benefits, they address different concerns specific to their capabilities.
For example, an ablative fractional laser will offer more dramatic results than a non-ablative laser. Choosing the proper treatment depends on the issues you’re addressing. Here we explain the differences in our fractional lasers.
Sciton ProFractional Laser
The Sciton ProFractional laser is among the most effective and comprehensive treatments available. The ProFractional laser is ablative. However, since the laser creates very narrow channels in the skin, you won’t have the extensive healing time of traditional ablative lasers.
The ProFractional laser targets the following common skin conditions:
- Crepey skin
- Poor texture
- Stretch marks
Since the ProFractional laser vaporizes skin columns, allowing new skin to form and the remaining skin to heal closer together, the treatment offers impressive laser skin tightening results not available with other therapies.
Sciton Halo Laser
The Sciton Halo laser is the first fractionated laser to deliver both ablative and non-ablative technologies. As a result, Halo patients receive the benefits of ablative laser treatments with the downtime of non-ablative lasers.
Since the Halo laser is a dual-technology solution, it targets many skin concerns simultaneously, including tone and texture, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, and wrinkles.
The Moxi Laser by Sciton
The Moxi laser is non-ablative, making it the gentlest laser we offer. Unlike many laser treatments, the Moxi laser treats all skin types and requires no downtime or recovery.
The Moxi laser improves uneven skin tone and texture and targets hyperpigmentation. It’s often the preferred choice for younger patients who want to freshen their skin’s appearance and those seeking to add laser rejuvenation to their skin maintenance regimen.
Fractora by InMode
Fractora by InMode is a unique fractional laser resurfacing treatment that also uses pins to transmit radiofrequency to the skin. Fractora’s pins create localized heat and small dots called micro-lesions. When the heat of the pins permeates the subdermal tissue, it stimulates collagen production and rejuvenation.
Additionally, the micro-lesions produced and scattered by Fractora allow the skin to heal faster and dramatically improve the skin’s appearance, reducing wrinkles and slowing the signs of aging.
In addition to targeting skin concerns that develop with age, Fractora also serves as a laser acne treatment, alleviating cystic acne, mild to moderate acne, and scarring.
Other Laser Treatments
Laser treatments don’t have to use fractional lasers to be effective. We offer several cosmetic laser options as well for treatments that appeal to a broad range of patients.
The GentleYAG laser offers patients comfortable and effective laser hair removal, regardless of skin tone. In addition, unlike many laser hair removal treatments of the past, GentleYAG can reduce hair on any area of the body without damaging delicate, sensitive skin.
The GentleYAG laser also offers laser vein removal treatments to reduce spider veins and sunspots.
BroadBand Light (BBL) Lasers
BBL laser treatments are also referred to as photo facial therapy. They use a broad spectrum of wavelengths to send light energy to the skin’s underlying layers. We offer several BBL laser options, each addressing a different skin concern, including:
- Unwanted hair
- Blood vessels
- Skin laxity
BBL treatments typically last 30 minutes at most and require virtually no downtime.
Restore Your Skin with Our Cosmetic Laser Treatments
Whether you’re concerned about fine lines and wrinkles, acne, hyperpigmentation, or unwanted hair, cosmetic laser treatments offer an effective solution to getting the smooth, glowing skin you desire.
In Little Rock, AR, The Skin Retreat offers our patients the best options available to restore youth and radiance to their skin. Isn’t it time to love your skin again? Schedule your consultation with us today.