Collagen is what keeps our skin strong and supple, sustains the skin cell renewal and replacement of damaged cells. Our bodies produce collagen in abundance when young, but unfortunately, production starts to decline at about age 25 and continues.
What Kind of Lasers are There?
There are ablative and nonablative lasers, as well as fractionated and nonfractionated lasers. Nonfractionated lasers act on the entire surface area of the treated skin, whereas fractionated lasers target an equally distributed portion of the area. Ablative lasers remove the top layer of the skin and therefore are more aggressive compared with the gentler nonablative lasers that leave the skin intact. Although ablative lasers result in more downtime, they remain the lasers that produce the most dramatic outcomes. For more severe facial wrinkles, pigmentation, and textural skin challenges, the ablative laser is often the treatment of choice. For patients seeking more moderate improvement with less downtime, nonablative lasers are often ideal.