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Hello, I am 50 years old. Could you share please if there is an effective non-invasive treatment for sagging skin? Thanks!

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WHAT IS A LASER?Laser stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers work by producing an intense beam of bright light that travels in one direction. The laser beam can gently vaporize and/or ablate skin tissue to improve wrinkles, scars and blemishes, seal blood vessels or cut skin tissue.
The laser has the unique ability to produce one specific color (wavelength) of light, which can be varied in its intensity and pulse duration. The newest laser systems have become remarkably precise and selective, allowing treatment results and safety levels not previously available.

WHAT IS SKIN RESURFACING?Laser resurfacing to improve cosmetic flaws, such as wrinkles, acne scars, and aging and sun-damaged skin, is the latest scientific breakthrough in skin rejuvenation.

Using a wand-like laser handpiece, undesired skin cells and wrinkles literally disappear in a puff of mist and are replaced by fresh skin cells. One of the laser's most significant advantages over traditional techniques for skin resurfacing is that treatment is relatively bloodless. The procedure also offers more control in the depth of penetration of the skin's surface, allowing an increased degree of precision and safety in treating delicate areas.

WHO IS QUALIFIED TO PERFORM LASER SURGERY?Dermatologic surgeons have extensive experience with laser surgery and were among the first specialists to use lasers for skin renewal and treating a variety of skin disorders. Since results are technique-sensitive and entail an artistic component, it's important to select a dermatologic surgeon with demonstrated laser expertise

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN LASER RESURFACING TREAT?Laser resurfacing is performed in the dermatologic surgeon's office to help:

Erase fine lines and wrinkles of the face
Smooth and tighten eyelid skin
Improve crow's feet around the eyes
Soften pucker marks and frown lines
Remove brown spots and splotchy, uneven skin color
Improve and flatten scars
Repair smoker's lines
Improve skin tone and texture
HOW DOES THE Fractionated CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2) LASER WORK?The newest generation of the CO2 laser delivers short bursts of extremely high-energy laser light. This revolutionary technology actually vaporizes the undesired skin tissue, one layer at a time, revealing fresh skin underneath. The laser's highly-focused aim enables the dermatologic surgeon to gently remove the skin's surface with a low risk of scarring and complications in properly selected patients.

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