Growing older is supposed to make us wise. Unfortunately, it also has devastating effects on our skin. There are a variety of ways to rejuvenate the skin with the help of laser technologies, so here’s what to know about the Erbium Laser Peel – our best option for anti-aging at First State Med Spa.
The Aging Process
How the skin ages is determined by two factors: internal and external. Internal aging is a result of the accumulation of by-products of cell metabolism and, in women, the loss of estrogen after menopause. External effects are caused by ultraviolet light from the sun and sometimes by pollution. Other factors include the use of cigarettes and other toxins. These two factors tend to contribute to the appearance of aging over the course of a lifetime.
The Effects of Aging
The effects of aging include decreased collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. The three layers of skin all become thinner and the strength of the skin diminishes. As a result, the skin sags and succumbs to gravity, producing wrinkles and jowls.
The fat and water content of the dermal and subcutaneous layers also lessen. This leads to more wrinkling and sagging of the skin. Reduced hormone levels as a result of aging can also contribute to dryness and visible aging.
Keeping Your Skin Looking Young
There are many methods available to improve the appearance of your skin – from simple moisturizers to Botox and fillers – but most dermatologists prefer the laser peel, which has long-lasting effects. During laser peels, a laser beam is used to destroy the cells in the outer layer of the skin, a process called resurfacing. New skin cells replace the old ones, giving your face a healthy glow.
At the same time, the heat of the beam penetrates the lower layers of the skin and stimulates the development of new collagen. This collagen regeneration will continue over time to strengthen and plump out your skin, helping to eliminate wrinkles and sagging.
Benefits of the Erbium Laser Resurfacing
There are a variety of benefits to laser resurfacing. These include:
- Skin repair – The erbium laser works well on deep wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Improvement can also be seen in actinic keratoses, sun spots, and even scars.
- Smoothing and tightening – The skin cells regenerated by a laser peel are healthy and new, with more moisture inside to make your skin radiate.
- Single treatment – This laser works deep within the structure of the skin, causing changes that while not permanent, last for a long time. As a consequence, one treatment is usually sufficient to produce the desired effects.
- Long-lasting results – While Botox injections have to be repeated every 3-6 months and fillers every 6-18 months, the laser peel generally keeps you looking fabulous for 3-5 years.
Schedule a Consultation
At First State MedSpa in Wilmington, Delaware, the erbium laser peel is the preferred method for most patients. To meet with our team of laser experts, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.