As with all sorts of beauty treatments you research online, you’re going to hear a lot of different opinions. Some people are going to think it’s a miracle cure, others a waste of money.
Generally speaking you shouldn’t put too much trust into any one review. But you can get an overall impression. We’ll collect some common opinions, thoughts and themes on this page which may help you understand at least a little about the sort of results you can expect.
The tightening works well on cases of light to medium wrinkling. The biggest improvements are noticed by those who are 40 – 60. This is simply because there will be more wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes which can be treated. Younger individuals will still see good results on wrinkled areas and won’t need as many sessions to get the results they want.
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People who take the treatment in an attempt to get rid of excess skin folds, sagging and intense wrinkling don’t usually achieve good results. Although the skin gets tightened, it may not get tightened enough to see obvious results. But treating skin sagging or intense wrinkling isn’t really what the treatment is designed for – no skin gets removed. Discuss better options with your doctor.
Positive results may be seen for individuals who have very minor sagging. It’s a good alternative to surgery.
Give the process time to work. It’s natural to want to see results quickly but some people start to worry that the treatment isn’t working too soon. Some people even think it has made their skin worse. This is because the process does cause some dryness and swelling after the procedure. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. The collagen which grows from the procedure doesn’t grow straight away.
Even though the treatment is non invasive there can, depending on the individual, be significant down time. The redness caused by use of an intense ablative treatment can last months. This has been a shock to some people. You must factor downtime into your decision whether to get the treatment or not.
Because non ablative treatment concentrates the treatment beneath the skin downtime is much less. Some sources even claim you can apply make up the next day after treatment.
So overall the reviews out there are mixed, but we can say this:
If you’ve got mild wrinkles, uneven skin tone or facial blemishes then the treatment can work very well. But when your problems are more serious you can’t expect the treatment to completely take care of the problem. However it can play a part in your overall treatment process. Ablative treatments will nearly always get superior results, but non ablative treatments are much better when it comes to recovery time.
How to Judge The Treatment
The best way to get an impression of laser resurfacing is to have a look at reviews in your local area. There is a world of difference between good clinics and bad clinics. Just because someone had a bad experience from one particular clinic doesn’t mean the treatment for everyone isn’t effective. It’s all about how the laser devices are used and set up.
If you can find a clinic in your local area which has great reviews and a good reputation then it’s likely that the treatment is going to give you some great results. The science is there, the treatment works and has been cleared by the FDA. This means it’s not making false claims about what the treatment can achieve. But keep in mind there isn’t just one sort of laser, there are many different makes from several manufacturers.
If you’re going to be looking for reviews, try and get ones which are for the clinic you plan to use. This will give you much more information than reading reviews from people who may have had a completely different sort of laser treatment. Good ways to find the reviews are:
One of the main problems when looking at reviews of the treatment is knowing all the facts. Often we don’t know the sort of laser used, the reputation of the clinic, whether the laser was ablative or non ablative, if the person has waited long enough, or if they’ve properly followed aftercare instructions.
So research can help a lot, and is a vital step, but it can never tell you everything. Sooner or latter you’re going to need to take the plunge (or not as the case may be!).