There are a couple of laser machines in my clinic that we use a lot for skin rejuvenation. One of it is the Q-switched ND:Yag laser and the other is the fractional CO2 laser. Fractional CO2 is great for treating pores, acne scars, chicken pox scars and fine wrinkles. Q-switched ND:Yag laser is good for lightening pigmentation, improving skin tone and general skin rejuvenation.
I’ve been trying quite a bit of it on myself too… These laser treatments really do tighten up pores and smoothen out tone & texture of the skin. I prefer the Q-switched ND:Yag laser to the fractional CO2, even though the results are not as quickly visible, because the downtime for CO2 is way longer than the QSNDY. There’s usually redness for 2-3 days before scabbing occurs and lasts for a week but, well, as they say, no pain, no gain. Generally I find the more intensive the treatment is, the longer the downtime and the better the results usually are.
Even our burlesque and manly surgeon, Ed, underwent one treatment from each laser machine just last week. I zapped all his sun spots and recommended one session of low intensity fractional CO2 for his acne scars in the same sitting. The results were very pleasing. All the treated sun spots peeled off within two to three days and as the skin started to heal from the fractional skin resurfacing, the improvement in tone and texture was fantastic! He would still need a few more sessions for better resurfacing and to lighten the deeper dermal pigmentation though.
Nonetheless, he sure looks handsomer now.
However, laser treatment is not without its inherent risks. Do check with your friendly aesthetics doctor on what they are and what you can do to undergo such treatments at minimal risk. Meanwhile, don’t forget your sunblock– it’s a hot, hot day today.