Laser Away Sun Damage during the Winter Months

Fractional laser is incredibly healthy for the skin. A deep treatment can take 5-10 years off its look, while decreasing pre-cancerous skin cells. Fractional laser is also great for softening and resurfacing scar tissue. If you have deep lines around your lips, forehead, and other areas of the face, fractional laser is the best option to both tighten loose skin and build volume through collagen remodeling.

Fractional laser ablates microscopic tunnels into the skin while leaving other islands of tissue intact, which allows full resurfacing with quicker healing time over full ablation techniques.

There are several ways to power a fractional laser with Erbium being the most predictable and safe. The energy of the Erbium fractional laser is absorbed by the water content of the skin cells, and the tissue evaporates. This causes the treated skin to shrink, stimulating the production of new collagen in the dermis. The result is new smoother, tighter skin will form. After any fractional laser treatment, it is important to stay out of the sun for several weeks and to wear daily sunscreen. The treatments are best done in the fall and winter so skin is healthy and well healed by summer.

There are many different levels of fractional laser from deep to superficial, and not all lasers are created equal. A deep fractional treatment with Erbium requires only 4-5 days of healing before looking good in makeup. It is important to have a doctor or nurse perform this ablative procedure, as it is a medical treatment that requires training in wound care.

If interested in fractional laser treatments, make an appointment with a provider, and ask to see before and after pictures of their clients to have realistic expectations.

The results are affected by your overall health and compliance with your aftercare instructions. Eating clean and getting plenty of sleep will also help get the best outcome. Fractional laser treatments are not recommended for people who smoke, have diabetes, or other health concerns that slow wound healing. If there are suspicious spots on the desired treatment area, get clearance from a dermatologist before having it done.

Erbium laser is considered the Gold Standard in removing benign skin lesions without leaving a scar, but cancerous lesions need to be addressed by a dermatologist first. Scars left behind after skin cancer removal and other surgeries can then be treated with fractional laser for the best aesthetic outcome.

Have you wondered how celebrities over the past decade look great but don’t look overdone… It’s laser technology! Surgery will pull loose skin tight but does nothing to improve the integrity of the skin or replace lost volume. Fillers are great, but loose skin should not be overfilled. Laser is the key to beautiful, natural looking skin and volume, whether utilized alone or blended with other procedures.

Valerie Monismith, RN, is the owner of Ashtoria Aesthetics & Wellness. For a consultation call 901.310.3530 or visit

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