In skincare, lasers use concentrated beams of light to target specific tissues in the skin. Different wavelengths of light address various concerns. Lasers can be ablative (removing a layer of skin) or non-ablative (stimulating collagen production without removing tissue).

Pros: Very precise and effective for specific concerns, can achieve dramatic results, minimal downtime for some procedures.

Cons: Can be expensive, some procedures require multiple sessions, discomfort during treatment possible, consultation needed to determine the right laser type for your needs.

Alternatives: Chemical peels, microneedling, depending on the concern.

Recovery: Varies depending on the laser procedure – ablative lasers may cause redness, swelling, and crusting for a week or more, non-ablative lasers typically have minimal downtime.

Disclaimer: This information is for general knowledge only and does not substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult a licensed dermatologist or esthetician to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs.