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The Most Effective Laser Resurfacing Treatments and How Much "Downtime" to Expect

If you’ve ever considered laser skin resurfacing for the treatment of wrinkles, balancing skin tone, age spots, acne scars, and overall skin tightening, we’ve got good news for you! The late fall/winter months are the PERFECT time of year for these treatments and today we’re talking about the downtime you can expect from a variety of laser resurfacing treatments offered at Pure Skin Aesthetic & Laser Center here in Bismarck, ND

Everything from weekend downtime to progressive resurfacing for very deep wrinkles and skin tightening, Pure Skin has the latest in laser technology to help you improve your skin health and appearance.

Longest Downtime Lasers (Deep Penetration)

First up, let’s talk about our most progressive laser resurfacing option, the SmartSkin™ CO2 ablative laser system. This revolutionary laser is designed for aged, sun-damaged skin and is arguably the most powerful and effective laser for overall skin rejuvenation . . . and did we mention that Pure Skin has the ONLY SmartSkin CO2™ laser in all of North Dakota? We pride ourselves on offering our patients the latest in laser technology, and this is no exception. It is the only CO2 fractional laser that offers completely customizable treatments, allowing you to adjust power, dwell time, spot density and depth of penetration to give the noticeable results you’re looking for after just one treatment. 

The SmartSkin system targets water molecules within the skin and passes laser energy through the epidermis where it is then delivered to the deeper, collagen-bearing tissues below. The interaction of these water molecules with the CO2 laser leads to collagen rejuvenation and ultimately, clear, smooth and tight facial skin. While this laser yields great results, it also has the longest downtime, so be sure to plan your events accordingly. For milder treatments, some patients can return to work in 2-3 days. For more aggressive treatments, you should expect a downtime period of 1-2 weeks.

Moderate Downtime Lasers (Medium to Deep Penetration)

For those looking to bring their more youthful glow back, with skin concerns requiring medium to deep penetration, our HALO™ Hybrid Fractional Laser is a great option. HALO has made a name for itself as the world’s first hybrid fractional laser that delivers both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to the same microscopic treatment zone. What this means for you is effective results, with the shortest possible downtime. If you’re an avid beauty magazine reader, you’ve likely already heard of HALO, as it won NewBeauty Magazine's Annual Beauty Choice Awards as "The Most Effective Laser for Glowy Skin."

HALO works wonders for treatment of overall tone and texture in addition to significant removal of discoloration, reduction in the appearance of fine lines, reduced pore size, skin reflectivity and glow. Patients can expect four to seven days of downtime, with your “HALO Glow” appearing between five and seven days.

Short Downtime Laser (Medium to Light Penetration)

If you find yourself with mild skin concerns and are looking for a quick solution for those light wrinkles, then a MicroLaser™ Peel might be a great option for you! Our MicroLaser Peel is a short-downtime, light treatment that strips away a thin layer of skin (to a selectable depth) that improves skin tone, texture and brings back that luminosity that we all love. This laser also has a coagulation setting that’s great for improving the tightening of the skin. Best of all, most patients find they only need a couple of days of recovery and are back to business as usual!

Wondering what REAL patient results look like from our lasers? Be sure to take a look at our extensive before and after galleries to get an idea of the results you can achieve by tapping here!

Now you know about the options, but which laser is best for your skin needs? Give us a call at 701-751-4140 to schedule a consultation with one of our skin experts and we can help tailor a laser resurfacing plan for your specific needs!

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