There are two basic types of lasers used for cosmetic purposes: ablative and nonablative. Ablative lasers actually vaporize the top layers of damaged skin, while nonablative lasers work deeper in the skin without removing or otherwise damaging the top layers. For this reason, there is no real patient downtime associated with the nonablative laser technology.
The two basic types can be further broken down into many subcategories of laser types and into literally hundreds of variations and brand names.
The laser technology used here at Dr. Hansen's office encompasses treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, skin resurfacing skin tightening, removal of unsightly veins as well as hair removal.