Laser Skin Resurfacing vs Light-Based Therapy: How Do They Compare?

Starting from as early as the mid-20s, your skin may not be the same as it once was. This is completely normal, as the characteristics that keep the skin looking radiant during your childhood and teens change significantly with time, and the condition of the skin is worsened by cumulative damage from years of exposure to harm. At Bayview North Dermatology Clinic in the Toronto area, various skin resurfacing treatments are available for patients who want to feel confident in their skin again. Their team explains that there are some key differences between laser treatments and light therapy techniques like Broadband light therapy.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Light from laser skin resurfacing is generally more powerful and intense compared to that used in light therapy. Fewer laser sessions are needed to produce dramatic results. Fractionated laser skin resurfacing addresses a fraction of the skin, with the laser energy reaching and altering thousands of tiny channels, also referred to as microthermal treatment zones (MTZs). This approach, which leaves surrounding areas of skin intact, accelerates healing and results in less side effects than its more aggressive laser counterparts. Fraxel® is one of the popular devices that uses fractional technology and offers a high level of precision.

Fraxel® is a non-ablative, versatile treatment that targets a variety of skin complaints including hyperpigmentation, textured acne scars, or other types of surface scars, dullness, and fine lines. Pigment cells on the targeted areas of skin absorb and are destroyed by the energy given off. In addition to correcting surface damage, it can also penetrate to the deeper layers of skin, gradually stimulating collagen production and cell turnover. All skin types are well-suited to this treatment

New skin is revealed once the thin, damaged layer has shed away. It permanently minimizes or erases the irregularities for a more even appearance and firmer, more pliable texture. One of the benefits of Fraxel® is that it is associated with minimal downtime. It produces subtle changes for a youthful, glowing complexion.

Alternatively, Clear + Brilliant® is a less intense fractional laser alternative that works well for mild, superficial concerns. It acts as a preventative solution for younger patients while minimizing the earliest symptoms of damage.

Light-Based Therapy

Unlike injectables, which are designed with the main purpose of minimizing wrinkles, laser, and light therapy treatments refresh the overall texture, tone, and quality of the skin. Each type of laser or light device works on specific problems and they are much more effective than topical products.

One of the most well-known light-based approaches is Broadband light (BBL). Technically, Broadband light is not the same thing as laser resurfacing. Also known as intense pulsed light, laser photo rejuvenation, or a photofacial, BBL is the most advanced device of its kind. This is a light source rather than a laser and the handheld applicator produces many scattered pulses of light as opposed to the one concentrated, monochromatic beam of light used in laser skin resurfacing.

There are some similarities between laser and light-based treatments. Both of these energy-based options are non-invasive, and like laser skin resurfacing, light treatments require very little downtime. Additionally, they are equipped with cooling systems for the patient’s comfort. With Broadband light, much like laser treatments the light energy is absorbed by pigment and breaks it down. This gentle, non-ablative treatment can lift away irregularities from a larger target area at a single time compared to lasers, is sometimes believed to be less painful, and patients may recover faster.

It improves the appearance of rosacea, dullness, pigmented lesions such as freckles, age spots, and vascular lesions including spider veins along with other small facial veins. Patients often choose Broadband light to achieve a more neutral, balanced complexion. Some of the drawbacks of IPL methods are that they are usually as effective on uneven sections of skin, darker skin tones, light-colored hair, and patients who are prone to developing keloid scars.

Discover more about skin resurfacing treatments like Fraxel® available at Toronto’s Bayview North Dermatology Clinic in the North York area. To schedule a consultation, give them a call at (416)-222-(7546) or submit a contact form.



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