Originally pioneered in the 1960’s for medical use, Lasers (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) have become ubiquitous in modern life. Medical lasers generally produce their effects through high-energy, focused beams of intense, “single-colored” light. The light, and in some cases the resulting heat, have been found – through ongoing research and extensive clinical experience – to selectively interact, in very useful ways, upon various tissues within the skin and body. Along with a wide variety of medical applications, numerous lasers have been developed specifically for cosmetic treatments. Fractionated carbon dioxide laser skin resurfacing (FXCO2) is a popular, permanent treatment for many of the effects of aging skin: fine lines and wrinkles, increased pore size, skin blemishes and uneven skin pigmentation. It can be performed in the office with local anesthesia. Healing occurs over approximately one week and the effects continue to develop over the following months.
Laser resurfacing does not always have to be performed on the entire face. It can be used selectively to treat lower eye lid aging and deep lines and wrinkles around the mouth.