Saturday, 4 July 2015


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Who doesn’t want their skin to look smoother? In a world where being young is at the top of every man and woman’s Christmas lists, the anti-aging industry has created some innovative responses (they decided to save Santa the trouble). The coolest part? They use lasers.

Laser treatments have been around for several years now. They are safe and effective ways of
working with the skin on the cellular level. In addition to helping your skin look younger, lasers can
also improve skin conditions such as rosacea, and they can remove or lessen the appearance of stretch
marks, scars, and acne; laser treatments can even remove hair. Because of the varied abilities of lasers, when it comes to getting younger, more youthful looking skin, it is important for you to make an informed choice about which procedures will help you the most in fixing your face.

Get Better Looking Skin in Less Time

If you are very sensitive about your skin’s condition, one of the quickest and most effective

ways to go with laser treatments is to consider Ablative laser treatments. This type of skin treatment

involved a small laser that target all layers of your skin. The laser penetrates the skin at the cellular

level, removing all the dead cells, which can sink into your wrinkles and dramatically increase their

depth. Cosmetic laser treatments go deep into the skin’s dermis; as a result, the skin is transformed

several layers below the immediate surface of the skin, and after only a few treatments, you can see a

huge difference. This style of therapy for your skin saves you time (these procedures take as little as

30 minutes) and money (fewer treatments required) than other types of anti-aging skin procedures.

However, since the benefits are bigger, the drawbacks to this method are bigger. Medical

ablative laser treatments can be more painful than other skin treatments; it is recommended you have

some pain management treatment ready following your appointment. Depending on the condition of

your skin, they can also come with unwanted side effects like bleeding and oozing skin. Following

treatment, your skin can also get infected in the open areas. While there are plenty of ways to avoid

these side effects, and there are treatment options available for post-laser, other factors can come into

play. For example, if your skin is darker, this method does not help as much, since the laser removes

dead cells and stimulates growth underneath the epidermis. The skin cells not exposed to the sun tend

to be more sensitive in darker-skinned individuals, and unprecedented stimulation can irritate the

cells much more. While medical laser treatments have been shown to give quick, thorough, and

effective results, you need to make sure you are an excellent candidate for it at the start.

Get Under Your Skin

Non-ablative laser treatments have no impact on the surface of the skin, since they are focused

more on the lower epidermal layers. Non-ablative procedures will not cause infection in your skin.

None of the potentially harsh side effects of ablative treatments applies with these methods.

Non-ablative treatments are not potent enough to provide long-lasting effects, especially

compared to the ablative methods. The ablative therapies can help to diminish deep crinkles, while

non-ablative treatments can only lessen the appearance of fine lines and surface wrinkles.

A One-Stop Treatment Method

Similar to Ablative laser treatments is CO2 Fractional Laser Therapy. Newer to the anti-aging

skin treatment market, CO2 Fractional Laser Therapy also sends out laser pulses to treat skin

underneath the surface. The laser can reduce age spots, scarring, wrinkles, discoloration or uneven

coloration, and fine lines. CO2 works to remove specific cellular columns of skin, allowing the

surrounding skin to heal and promotes healthier skin growth over the treated areas.

While there are no significant long-term effects, the short-term side effects have their

drawbacks. While it only takes a one-time appointment, CO2 Fractional Laser Therapy can take up to

two weeks to heal. In addition, there is generally more pain with this treatment than the Ablative laser

treatments, just because of how deeply it goes into the skin. In addition to this, the price for this

treatment is typically much more expensive than the Ablative laser treatments, often starting at over

$1200 a session. Once more, it is best to determine if your skin condition is a good fit for this

procedure, and make sure you budget accordingly.


One of the best ways to improve the quality of your skin is on the cellular level with Fractional

photothermolysis; this treatment is also known as the “Fraxel” procedure. When you get the Fractional

photothermolysis therapy, you get a laser to release hundreds of microscopic pulses onto the surface of

your skin. The laser pulsing fuels collagen production. Collagen is the material in your cells that makes

the skin more elastic; as we age, our bodies produce less and less of it. Stimulating collagen production

makes your skin look younger and healthier. Most patients need 2-4 sessions to achieve the best results.

There is a chance for some pain and swelling, but recovery goes quickly. Because of the limited side

effects and the quick recovery, many people recommend Fractional photothermolysis as a way to

make your skin look younger and more attractive.

A Light Treatment

IPL is the abbreviation for Intense Pulsed Light, and it is not technically a form of laser skin

treatment. It does not use lasers at all, but it does use a light source to treat the skin. IPL treats the

redness and skin discoloration associated with rosacea and age spots; it can also help with flushing the

skin, and helping it to keep blood vessels from appearing on the skin’s surface. It can help specifically

with skin rejuvenation. Side effects are nominal, but it does need to scheduled often to keep up the

results; a single treatment has a subtle effect and will not last very long at all. Many people opt for

some form of aesthetic laser procedures as an alternative largely because of the upkeep. Most treatment

plans are for three to six sessions, over a period of six months. IPL is a simple treatment for the skin,

and can help with its overall appearance.

Be Smart and Be Prepared

Radio frequency treatments or chemical peels need not be part of your skin’s future. The main

thing is to you will need to educate yourself on all your options; talk with your healthcare and

dermatological specialist before selecting a course of action, especially if you have questions or are

unsure about some of the procedures. You will want the best for your particular skin’s needs.

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