- Does it work? – How does the treatment work? What sorts of problem does it best treat?
- Reviews: What are People Saying? – Common themes from people who have had the treatment.
- Side Effects – What can go wrong & how to stay safe.
- Costs – Rough costs associated with the process & the different sorts of laser.
- How Long Does It Last? – How long the treatment can last & extending this time.
Laser resurfacing is one of the latest non invasive beauty treatments. It’s a procedure which improves the appearance of the face by removing or reducing a number of skin blemishes. problem & wrinkles. There are essentially two types of treatment:
- Non ablative – The most recent treatment. A non-wounding laser which stimulates the growth of collagen and tightening of the underlying skin.
- Ablative – A wounding laser which eliminates the top layer of skin so it regrows fresh & new. Also tightens the underlying skin.
If you want a quick recovery and less invasive treatment then you should try the non ablative laser, however, this procedure is typically less effective than the ablative laser.
Duration : Long Term
Typical Cost : $700-1000+
Sessions Needed : 3-8
Treatment Time : Medium/Long
Most laser treatments work on certain wavelengths. Depending on the wavelength and power of the laser, it can have different medical applications. Getting professional treatment will allow the doctor to use the exact right sort of laser resurfacing treatment, at the right intensity. Some of the lasers you may come into contact with are:
- Co2 laser – The most popular treatment. It’s quite an aggressive ablative treatment but can achieve some dramatic results.
- Fraxel – A non ablative treatment. Treats acne, wrinkling and skin discoloration.
- Erbium – Great for individuals with medium to light wrinkles and blemishes. A non ablative laser.
What it Can Do
Laser resurfacing and tightening essentially decreases the appearance of wrinkle and fine tiny lines around the eyes, cheeks and mouth. It can also treat skin tones loss and improve skin complexion for radiant looking skin. Your skin scars or sun damage can potentially be erased (or made much less obvious) in just a few treatments. For the non ablative treatments, since there is minimal downtime, you can take treatments in quick succession.
Here’s a full list of the conditions that laser resurfacing can treat:
- Wrinkles such as crows feet and forehead lines.
- Uneven skin tone.
- Sun damaged skin.
- Scars from injuries, acne, or chickenpox.
- Age spots.
- Liver spots.
- Improve the appearance of cellulite.
- Some laser resurfacing can even remove tattoos.
So laser resurfacing can treat, or improve the appearance of nearly all skin blemishes. It can not however improve skin sagging or drooping by a large amount. Because of the tightening effect there may be a slight reduction, but for serious sagging perhaps other solutions will be more suitable. Consult your doctor.
Potential Side Effects
As with all good treatments, there are side effects for skin tightening too. We look in more detail at them in the articles above.
You can expect mild pain, redness, changes in skin pigmentation and soreness. Most of the more dangerous and serious problems only occur when getting the treatment from a poor quality or cheap clinic. The proper research needs to be done into your skin type and problems before the treatment starts.
What works for one person may not work for someone else.
If properly done, after the treatment you should quickly be able to see the positive results.
However if you’re having ablative treatment, your skin will need time to repair, usually around 10 days. However results will continue to improve for up to 4 months. Once the healing is done you’ll notice an immediate change in your skin tone and appearance that may last for several years.
Non ablative laser resurfacing results tend to be continuous and progressive. Improvements in skin pigment and texture are more likely to be noticed sooner than wrinkles. The change is more gradual, rather than immediate. It’s a very attractive solution for those who can’t afford time off for recovery as is the case with ablative treatments.
As is normal with this sort of treatment, the more sessions you have, the better the results.
While the results are visually obvious, you can’t expect them to stop the aging process. It’s not a miracle treatment! However having regular treatments will hopefully vastly reduce the signs of aging.
What to Avoid
After the treatment (especially if it’s ablative) you’ll need to avoid exposure to sun and other risk factor that might be damaging to your treated skin. This is to avoid irregular pigmentation. You might choose to stay at home until the healing and avoid strenuous activities. Remember that in the case of ablative treatment your skin will be relatively unprotected because of the removal of the top layer of skin.
A Serious Treatment
No it’s not as invasive as cosmetic surgery. You don’t need to be cut open and given aesthetic. But things can still go wrong. For example if the practitioner doesn’t know what they’re doing serious burns can occur and permanent damage can occur. So treat it the same as a more serious procedure. Make sure the practitioner is trusted and well reviewed. The treatment itself is only half of the process, WHO is performing it, and the equipment being used are just as relevant.