Ask a Dermatologist: When Should I Start Laser Treatments?

Laser isn't exactly a friendly word in the skincare lexicon. It denotes beams of light emitted into the skin—potential zapping, if you will. For me, lasers make me think of going to the skating rink as a kid: laser tag and "laser" lights dancing around to the tune of Backstreet's Back. I also think about detective movies where the spies perfectly contort their body without hitting the laser boobie traps that have been set. Suffice it to say toy guns and undercover agents shouldn't share a common denominator with skincare in my book, so I've always stayed away.

This is until recently, when I was offered a laser facial from Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC. Its roster of dermatologists are top-notch (and frequent Byrdie featured experts), so I anticipate being safe in their hands. Surely my skin wouldn't be microwaved (as I gravely imagine so) on the pros' watch. But it got me thinking: Is my skin too young to get a laser treatment? Thankfully I haven't developed any fine lines or wrinkles yet (save for a small frown line on my forehead), so I didn't feel it necessary to bring out the heavy artillery up to this point. But just to be sure I wasn't missing out on a skin-saving miracle treatment due to irrational fears, I reached out to Dr. Sue Ann Wee of Schweiger Dermatology and Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care, to set the record straight. Learn more about what they had to say below!

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