Which Laser Is Right For You : Guide To Choosing Lasering Treatments

In this blog post, we delve into the world of skin laser treatments to help clients understand the difference between three popular options: CO2 Laser, Q-Switch Laser, and IPL Laser. Owensboro exclusive equipment.  

Lasers! Man, oh man can they be confusing. How do you know which laser you need to book? What are the differences in each laser treatment? In this blog, we are going to shine some light on the different modalities of lasers. As far as deciding which one you need, book an appointment at The Skin Therapist to get a detailed skin analysis and treatment plan written to achieve your skin goals.

IPL lasers - your skin brightening laser

A non-ablative and superficial brightening laser. This laser typically delivers full results after 3 treatment sessions and has minimal downtime of 4 days. Your skin has pinpoint scabbing that looks similar to coffee grounds. The most common areas this laser is preformed is on the face, chest, arms, and legs. This laser option can be paired with multiple modalities to enhance results, such as chemical peels, exosomes, or Q-Switch laser for more tightening effects.


  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Broken capillaries

Q-switch lasers - your skin tightening laser

A non-ablative, zero downtime laser. You can leave this appointment and head straight to dinner. This laser typically delivers full results in 3 treatment sessions. This is always performed with additional modalities, such as a pretreatment to a CO2 laser, a chemical peel boost, a pretreatment to the IPL laser, or even paired with micro-needling. The most common areas this laser is performed on is the eyes, neck, full face, knees, and/or elbows.


  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Tattoos
  • Birthmarks
  • Benign pigmented lesions

CO2 lasers - your skin resurfacing laser

An ablative skin laser that is everything but superficial. This laser pulls out deep rooted pigmentation that has been there for many years. We love to say "20 years younger in 1 treatment". Clients typically get one CO2 laser every 5 years with maintenance of IPL lasers and chemical peels. The downtime for CO2 laser skin resurfacing can vary depending on the depth of treatment and the individual's healing process. However, most people can expect to experience some redness, swelling, and peeling for 7-14 days after treatment. The skin may also be sensitive to sunlight and other environmental irritants during this time. The most popular treatment areas for the CO2 laser is... EVERYWHERE!


  • Deep wrinkles
  • Scars
  • Sun damage
  • Stretch marks
  • Acne scars

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