Understanding How Laser Skincare Works

Since 1960, when the first laser was built, laser technology has enjoyed considerable advancements. Today, lasers are used for everything from state-of-the-art cameras to cutting- edge med spa treatments. The lasers used for skincare treatments can be calibrated to suit the unique needs of each patient.

Understanding How Lasers Work

Lasers that are used for cosmetic treatments are built to emit just one wavelength or color of light. In other words, they are monochromatic. The lasers used at med spas work through a process called selective photothermolysis. That is, they selectively target one specific area or layer of skin. The light emitted by the lasers produces gentle heat, which breaks down the tissues at the targeted area.

Defining the Different Types of Lasers

Plastic surgeons and med spa providers may have multiple types of laser treatments available to patients. One way to categorize lasers is to determine whether they are ablative or non-ablative. Ablative lasers target the top layers of skin. As the top layers of skin are vaporized, the newer, unblemished layers of skin underneath are revealed. Non-ablative lasers do not affect the top layers of skin. Instead, they penetrate deeply to stimulate other changes, such as the triggering of collagen formation. Non-ablative lasers do not have the downtime that is typical of ablative lasers. The med spa at Maloney Plastic Surgery provides a wide spectrum of laser skincare services, including pro-fractional laser resurfacing, fully ablative laser resurfacing and microlaser peels. Our exceptionally skilled providers are committed to maintaining the highest level of patient care and safety. Unlike many medi-spas, all of our laser techs are certified by the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency and our medical director is on site. You can request an appointment at our facility in Tucson by calling (520) 298-2330.