Years of sun damage can add up to an uneven complexion, age spots and accelerated lines and wrinkles on your skin. Then when you factor in other skin blemishes like acne scars, redness and enlarged pores, you could be left with difficult skin to manage, even with a customized skin care routine.
So what are the best laser skin treatments for sun damage? These four popular options can offer excellent results that are quick and easy to achieve.
1. Halo™ Laser Skin Resurfacing
Halo™ laser skin resurfacing uses a hybrid fractional laser with multiple wavelengths to target underlying layers of skin, as well as the surface. The result is increased collagen and a noticeable improvement in the tone, texture and overall appearance of your skin.
Around 3 to 4 days after treatment, your skin should start to peel, revealing the fresh new layer underneath. After 2 to 3 weeks, you should notice a brighter and more even complexion, and continued results should develop over the next several weeks.
While you may see a noticeable improvement in your complexion after just one Halo laser skin resurfacing treatment, most people see the best results after a series of 2 to 4 laser resurfacing sessions.
2. Sciton Contour TRL Laser Peel
The Contour TRL laser gently heats your skin in order to stimulate collagen and cell turnover to achieve a smoother and more refreshed look. This treatment is offered in various strengths, including the NanoLaserPeel™ and the MicroLaserPeel®. The appropriate one for you will depend on your skin type, tone and concerns.
Since the TRL laser peel is customized to your unique skin care needs, you should see excellent results after a single treatment session. Most people notice a difference in their skin’s appearance about a week after their appointment, with results continuing to develop over the following weeks.
3. Sciton BBL Photofacial
BroadBand Light (BBL) therapy is a gentle treatment option for pigmented lesions, freckles, redness and sun damage. It’s so light and easy on the skin that most people are able to return to their normal routines, including wearing making, directly after their appointment.
Talk with your provider about the number of BBL treatments that might be best for you. Most people schedule anywhere from 2 to 5 sessions, each spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart, to maximize their results.
BBL skin rejuvenation can treat areas other than your face, including your décolletage, shoulders and backs of your hands.
4. Profound® RF Skin Tightening
Although not technically a laser, Profound® RF uses a combination of radiofrequency energy and microneedling technology to tighten loose skin without requiring surgery or extensive downtime. Many different things can contribute to skin laxity and deep skin creases, including sun exposure, aging and weight loss.
In fact, Profound RF is so effective that it’s sometimes called the “nonsurgical facelift.” It works by using tiny micro needles to deliver radio frequency energy deep within the skin, where it activates the skin’s natural wound healing and regeneration process. The result is a smoother, tighter and younger-looking complexion without surgery.
Expect your complexion to appear slightly red and puffy within the first 24 hours after your Profound treatment. But you should be able to wear makeup and get back to your normal routine after the first day. Over the next weeks and months, your skin should start to look and feel tighter, firmer and more youthful.