What Conditions Can Lasers and Lights Treat?

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What Conditions Can Lasers and Lights Treat?

Find a Solution for Redness, Wrinkles, Lesions, and More in Denver

AboutSkin Dermatology has been at the forefront of laser technology in the Rocky Mountain region for almost two decades. Dr. Joel Cohen has performed clinical trials on innovative laser technology (including as lead author of a hybrid fractional laser trial that led to HALO®). Dr. Cohen has also performed other key laser clinical trials (including thulium laser and laser resurfacing), and he has lectured regularly on these protocols both in the United States and around the world (Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South America).

Lasers & Lights; Conditions

Lasers and light devices are essential tools for any modern practice offering medical or cosmetic dermatology. At AboutSkin Dermatology, we have more than 30 devices and use the precise tool for the job (or a combination of lasers) for Denver-area women and men seeking treatment for any number of skin conditions, from etched-lines and wrinkles to acne scars and recent surgical scars to blood vessels and rosacea to sun damage and benign pigmented lesions.

Our Board-Certified Dermatologist Physicians are well trained in identifying the most appropriate laser or light treatment for your particular need. We own the most comprehensive array of lasers in this region of the country. Our exclusive laser portfolio is on site, not rented for different days of the month (as at many other practices). With so many lasers available, we customize a great treatment plan based on safety, efficacy, and desired downtime. We aim to maximize results while minimizing unwanted side effects. We are committed to offering the most up-to-date lasers and energy-based devices that have proven efficacy and safety—and, in some cases, we participate in the clinical trials that lead to these treatment algorithms.

What Do Light Devices and Lasers Do?

Laser procedures work by focusing their respective wavelengths to a specific target in the skin (vessels, brown sun-damage spots, wrinkles, and scars). Each skin condition responds best to a particular type of laser or light device.

Which Conditions Can Be Addressed by Lasers and Lights?

Brown Lesions (Like Sun Spots)

Dark patches on the skin can stand out, drawing unwanted attention. Lentigos (sun spots), melasma (facial hyperpigmentation), and seborrheic keratoses (brown, waxy growths) all respond well to certain laser wavelengths and energy-based treatments, such as laser resurfacing (erbium, CO2, HALO®, thulium) and/or more focal treatment (q-switched laser, BBL, or IPL).

Red Lesions (Like Facial Vessels)

There are many conditions that can cause facial redness, either throughout the face or neck, or in concentrated areas. Common skin conditions treated with light or laser energy include broken blood vessels, hemangiomas (blood vessel growths), port-wine stains (dense blood vessel birthmarks), poikiloderma (sun-damage changes on neck and chest), rosacea (a chronic skin condition that causes redness and vessel prominence, especially on the nose/cheeks/chin), and cherry angiomas. Depending on the cause of the redness, pulse dye laser (PDL), long-pulse Nd:YAG laser, BBL, IPL, MaxG, or a fractional laser treatment (like 1540, 1470, or HALO®) may be recommended.


With sun exposure and repeated mechanical action, wrinkles form over time. Wrinkles are a universal sign of aging and form as the skin loses structural support (collagen, hyaluronic acid, elastin, and other important elements) due to intrinsic and extrinsic aging factors. Wrinkles can appear on the face, chest, neck, and elsewhere—taking the form of lip lines, crepey eyelid skin, and more. AboutSkin Dermatology’s resurfacing lasers (erbium, CO2, ablative fractional) can smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, while bipolar fractional radiofrequency (Genius® RF) or micro-focused ultrasound (Ultherapy®) can address certain types of laxity. At AboutSkin’s clinical trial division, AboutSkin Research, we have participated in clinical trials on many lasers, radiofrequency devices, several micro-focused ultrasound devices,
and new fractional resection technology.

Other Skin Conditions

Laser and light treatments can also be used to treat texture irregularities, minimize large facial pores, and improve rough sun-damaged and prematurely aged skin. Lasers and light-based treatments can help treat acne (photodynamic therapy with red and/or blue light) and acne scars, raised scars (including keloids), precancerous lesions (known as AKs or actinic keratoses), and unwanted tattoos or facial/body hair (laser hair removal).

Choosing the Right Treatment for You

It is important that you first meet with one of our Board-Certified Dermatologist Physicians to come up with a plan that works best for your particular concerns. Multiple treatments, and sometimes combinations of lasers and energy-based devices, may be necessary to maximize your results—and we have the experience and technology to do just that.

Aside from lasers, there are also other skin rejuvenation options. Our providers regularly perform chemical peels for melasma and acne, dermal-infusion microdermabrasion for smoothness and acne, and microneedling for collagen induction and scars.

Whether you want to rejuvenate your skin, address sun damage, or reduce hair in a specific area, AboutSkin Dermatology is well equipped with the techniques, tools, and skill to produce the results you are looking for and deserve.





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What our patients say about us


Dr. Cohen is 'a derm's derm' -- his published research and opinions are sought after by other dermatologists obsessed with the latest innovations in cosmetic dermatology, including lasers, neuromodulators, and fillers. He's also trained many of these derms. Dr. Cohen is arguably one of the best in the U.S., though he's not flashy or self promoting --just intensely focused on achieving elegant, successful results. I stumbled into his practice quite by accident, and could not be happier. His PA Christina is also phenomenal.


I am so pleased with the high level of expertise and care I have received from Dr. Cohen, Dr. Ho and his medical assistants Cristina and Emily. From the Mohs surgery, to a multitude of lasers, to skin checks; the doctors  have been extremely conscientious and strive to have a relationship with their patients.  I am thrilled with the results of my cosmetic procedures and surgery.  In addition, They are kind and very humble providers. It truly is an honor to be a patient of Dr. Cohen and to be a valued patient of his medical practice. Truly the best in the country.. and The World. Thank you Dr. Cohen and Dr. Ho and staff!

Chris J

Have been a patient of Dr. Stoler for a long time. She knows me well and takes excellent care of my skin. Also gives good and appropriate advice!

Judy Saul

Dr. Joel Cohen was highly recommended to me by several other dermatologists for his expertise in laser technology. I was not only impressed with the treatment I received from Dr. Cohen, but also his wonderful, highly skilled staff. The entire experience was top notch!

Linda Aibel

This is the BEST dermatology and cosmetic location you will ever find! Truthfully they give all the attention and care anyone could ask for. I’m always blown away at their kindness and their service. Doctor Jade Fettig always takes her time to talk to me, answer any questions and recommend the best treatment. Highly highly recommend AboutSkinDermatology. You will love it there too guaranteed! =)

Roberta Rachkovsky

Dr. Stoler is the best!

Karen Maxwell

I have been a patient of About Skin Dermatology for over 12 years. Everyone that I have ever encountered at this practice has been knowledgeable and very kind. I see both Dr. Ho and Dr. Cohen. My skin has not looked this good in years. My whole family goes to this practice. I would highly recommend About Skin Dermatology.


Dr Fettig was great- took her time with me and answered my questions. She has a nice bedside manner and good sense of humor.

Cindy Wells

I used Dr. Cohen for a Mohs procedure. He is fellowship trained and extremely competent. Dr. Cohen remained involved in my follow up care with a plastic surgeon and was always readily accessible and available to address my concerns. Both he and the office staff are caring and committed to providing the highest level of professional service. I highly recommend Dr. Cohen. I think it’s very nice.

Richard Z

I have been impressed with my Botox treatment from Dr Cohen at AboutSkin Dermatology. He and his staff are incredibly professional and pleasant. Maddie is always flexible and accommodating with my hectic schedule. Dr. Cohen takes time and a genuine interest in his patients. I highly recommend him for any cosmetic procedures.

Kendra W

Dr Stephen Ho is a fantastic dermatologist. He takes the time to listen to concerns and he patiently and thoroughly explains procedures and diagnostics.

Ben Reeves

Dr. Jade Fettig is so kind, thoughtful, and good at what she does. You can tell she really cares about her patients and makes what could be awkward check-ups into comfortable, and pleasant experiences.The office lounge is clean, updated and really relaxing. Absolutely recommend her as a provider!

Carrie Konczal

Dr Rothstein is amazing. Very thorough during her exams and explains everything as she goes along. The staff is great as well! Best physician I have in the Denver area.

Philip Yost

Dr. Joel Cohen is a superbly skilled dermatologist as well as a most caring doctor who always put his patient's best interest first and foremost

Diana Lee