Penn Dermatology

Laser Treatment for Skin Problems at Penn

Penn Dermatology in Philadelphia offers excellent laser treatment methods to correct or improve many cosmetic skin problems. Recent advances in laser technology now allow for the safe and results-oriented treatment of damaged skin related to excessive sun exposure, aging, scarring from acne or surgery, for removing unwanted hair and many other conditions.

Using Laser Treatment to Correct Skin Problems

Penn's dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons are experienced skin specialists and experts in laser surgery. All physicians are board-certified and all methods are fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and directly administered by Penn Medicine physicians.

Laser skin resurfacing, one type of laser treatment, is a minimally invasive method of removing the superficial layers of damaged or wrinkled skin. The technique, called ablative fractional laser resurfacing, combines the benefits of older laser resurfacing technology with the added advantages of quicker recovery times and more predictable outcomes.

Laser treatment works by pixelating or fractionating the laser light so only a small percentage of skin is treated with each laser pulse. This allows the intervening or unaffected skin cells to regenerate more rapidly resulting in faster healing time. The laser's microscopic treatment causes the body to produce more collagen, resulting in skin tightening and improving the skin's overall texture and complexion.

In addition, state-of-the-art laser techniques and intense pulsed light (IPL) devices are also used to successfully remove unwanted facial and body hair.

Laser treatment for cosmetics has many benefits such as:

  • Eliminating or reducing brown spots or other discolorations
  • Improving skin tone
  • Improving or reducing wrinkles
  • Reducing acne or surgical scars
  • Reducing sun-damaged or aging skin
  • Regenerating skin collagen
  • Removing tattoos
  • Removing unwanted facial or body hair
  • Treating rosacea