Laser Coring 101: Can Lasering Tiny ‘Cores’ Tighten Skin?

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Creating micro-injuries in the skin is a well-established practice, with lasers having been utilized for decades in dermatological treatments. However, a novel approach that goes beyond mere micro-injury induction for collagen production has been introduced. Enter laser coring, a breakthrough we are hearing about from skin experts.

Unlike traditional resurfacing methods that rely on inducing micro-injuries, laser coring involves the creation of minuscule cores within the skin. This technique prompts skin retraction and tightness, resulting in a smoother, tighter and lifted look. 


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How does laser coring work?

This technique employs a 2910 nm Fiber Laser to create microscopic ablation channels within the skin, targeting deep wrinkles, scars, and signs of aging. Davie, FL dermatologist Leslie Clark-Loeser, MD delves into the mechanics of laser coring: “Laser coring is using a wavelength of laser light to remove tiny columns of tissue while stimulating fibroblasts to produce essential components like collagen and elastin.” She tells us it’s suitable for a wide range of patients, particularly those who want to resurface skin and improve scars.

According to  New Orleans dermatologist Mary Lupo, MD results seem promising. “This is a new treatment option on the UltraClear platform, a laser device we already have and love. We decided to try it and so far, we are pleased. I say this after just two patients.”

How long is downtime?

While patients may experience temporary redness and swelling, the recovery period isn’t that long say experts. The consensus is to plan for a week. Wellesley Hills, MA dermatologist Madeline Krauss, MD says. “On the intense part of the UltraClear spectrum, my patients will have seven days of downtime. It’s not painful, but it’s definitely at seven days. Although it’s not painful though, it’s still minimally invasive.”

When can you expect to see results?

With laser coring, patients can expect noticeable improvements in skin texture and tone that develop over time. Dr. Clark-Loeser says, “In terms of what you can expect to see is at the end of that one week, you really can appreciate seeing new skin. You have a more superficial resurfacing that’s done often at the same time as the laser coring so your skin looks nice and bright. However, the effects of the coring begin to present themselves over the months to come because that process of generating collagen elastin and hyaluronic acid takes place over time. The treatment initiates the process of remodeling the skin, which happens over a period of months.”

Understanding the Risks

While laser coring is generally safe, it’s essential for patients to understand the potential risks involved. Common side effects include temporary redness, swelling, and pigmentation changes. Dr. Clark-Loeser advises, “Patients should be prepared for a full week of downtime, with pink discoloration persisting for several weeks in some cases. However, these risks are manageable and can be mitigated with proper post-treatment care.”

“Patients can expect pink discoloration persisting for several weeks,” she adds. “However, most patients can resume their normal activities within a few days.”

Difference Between Laser Coring and Micro Coring

A notable distinction between laser coring and traditional micro-coring techniques lies in the precision and control afforded by the former. Unlike mechanical micro-coring, which mechanically punches out the skin with hollow needles, this method creates smaller channels within the skin with quick laser pulses. “This results in reduced bleeding, discomfort and downtime,” says Dr. Krauss.

“Because the cores of skin are tinier than what we see with micro-coring, laser coring lends itself to be a bit more comfortable and does not require significant pain management or control,” notes Dr. Clark-Loeser.

For those who may be hesitant about undergoing surgery, laser coring appears to offer a promising option, potentially delivering impressive results without the need for invasive interventions.

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