Different Skin Lasers

Lasers offer revolutionary medical skin care treatment options for a multitude of aesthetic problems. Treating skin conditions with lasers has been a viable skin care solution in the industry of dermatology for over 40 years. The term “LASER” is an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” Lasers travel in a single parallel direction consisting of one color, or wavelength, creating a pure stream of light moving together in both time and space. Laser light is collimated, monochromatic and coherent – three qualities setting it apart from conventional light sources.

It is important to understand that there are ablative and non-ablative lasers. The ablative laser vaporizes the outer layer of skin – ablative basically means the laser wounds the skin superficially. An ablative laser produces the best results but has more downtime in terms of your skin healing. Ablative lasers can leave tiny sores, redness, tenderness, etc. and healing can take 3 – 10 days, during which you will need to avoid the sun. You may find icing the area (depending on the size) will help the possible swelling and redness. Your skincare technician will educate you on proper post-treatment care. Ablative lasers come in a few types:

  • Carbon Dioxide Laser (Co2) (9400 nm – 10600 nm) – This laser uses gas to generate an infrared light making it perfect for skin resurfacing.
  • Erbium Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet (Er:Yag) (2940 nm) – Erbium lasers also produce an infrared laser but using a white metal, most commonly used for skin resurfacing and minimizing the appearance of scars.
  • Argon Ion (488 nm – 514 nm) – A Blue-green light found visible within the spectrum of electromagnetic frequencies.
  • Ruby – (694 nm) – A solid-state laser with selective modes of action and emits a ruby colored wavelength of light.

Non-ablative lasers are less-invasive than ablative lasers – they work by heating up targeted tissues without actually destroying the tissue. A few common types of non-ablative lasers are: · Intense Pulse Light (IPL) (500 nm to 1200 nm) – Popular for treating brown spots and inflamed blood vessels because this laser generates a wavelength that can penetrate the tricky red and brown wavelengths.

· Pulsed Dye Laser (585 nm) – Ideal for reducing the visibility of acne scars and blood vessels the Pulsed Dye Laser emits a laser on the yellow wavelength penetrating red pigments.

· Nd:YAG Laser (532 nm or 1064 nm) – Ideal for laser hair removal and tattoo removal and commonly used to reduce the visibility of brown spots the Nd:YAG lasers use a crystal to produce near-infrared light.

· Alexandrite Laser (755 nm) – Using a green gem this laser creates a wavelength that penetrates the red spectrum, making it an excellent choice for treating blood vessels, hair and tattoo removal.

Q-switching mode is an optical switch inserted in the laser cavity waiting for maximum population inversion in the neodymium ions before it opens, optimizing our clients desired results. This refers to the type of short pulses of intense light from the laser available on a variety of solid-state lasers.

Picosecond lasers also give short burst durations, which vary depending on the laser wavelength used – Nd:YAG or Alexandrite lasers.

It can be scary to consider lasering the skin on your face, but the technology is tried, trusted and true- not to mention FDA approved. The light produced contains a medium, which may be a gas (argon, carbon dioxide), liquid (pulsed dye) or solid (ruby, Nd:YAG, alexandrite). Nd:YAG and ruby laser are both, what we in the business would call, solid-state lasers. As lasers are classified by their lasing medium, there are 5 kinds of laser: solid state, gas, an excimer (reactive gases), dye (complex organic liquid solutions), or semiconductor also called diode lasers. Lasers are high-intensity light beams that focus high energy in a concentrated beam. As technology expands and grows, we see the rise of new and innovative laser technology, creating an overwhelming variety of medical skin treatment lasers and each type offers different benefits such as:

  • Hair removal
  • Tattoo removal (various ink require different lasers)
    • Black inks: Q-switched ruby, Alexandrite Laser or Nd:YAGLaser
    • Blue and green inks: Q-Switched ruby, or Alexandrite Laser
    • Yellow, orange, red inks: Q-Switched Nd:YAGLaser or Pulse Dye Laser
  • Scar reduction
  • Acne scar reduction
  • Birthmarks and Moles
  • Spider and Varicose veins
  • Sun Damage
  • Sagging eyelid skin
  • Dark under eye circles
  • Tighten crow’s feet
  • Tighten frown lines
  • Ageing skin problems
  • Age Spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brown spots
  • Skin Hyperpigmentation
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Smokers’ line
  • Vascular Lesions
  • Skin tightening

Our trained laser technicians are available to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. We are called Bare Envy because we want you to feel confident around others in your bare skin. With our many medical laser skin treatments and skilled professional technicians, we are confident we can get your desired results. Contact us to learn more about our lasering services today!

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