Lasers have been fixtures of the skincare industry for many years. They have a clear track record of working to reverse wrinkles and other damage done to the skin. However, you might still wonder if you should have laser treatment or not. Can a laser treat your skin specifically? What type of laser procedure do you need? Are the devices for laser treatment in each clinic the same? Here is what you need to know to make sure you will really see skin improvement with cosmetic lasers.
You might be wondering how shining a light on your skin can possibly make a difference in its health. Alternatively, you might think the only difference it can make is a negative one. After all, it is well known that sunlight damages skin over time. However, laser light is quite different. It consists of specific wavelengths of light. A laser beam also uses heat to set off healing processes within cells.
The heat from lasers can strip away surface damage. However, a laser beam treatment can also have more long-term effects on your skin. By heating up the skin cells, collagen molecules are forced toward each other. Your body also kicks collagen production into overdrive. Since collagen is one of the substances keeps your skin cells close together, wrinkles are healed and prevented that way.
Certain skin care treatments are one-trick ponies. In other words, they only treat specific conditions. A lot of aesthetic laser equipment for clinic use used to be that way as well. They were mainly known for treating wrinkles. However, today’s lasers are often much more versatile. They can treat scars, as well as wrinkles. They can reduce surface blemishes and provide general healing over a large area. There are even lasers capable of removing tattoos, sunspots and other areas of discolouration.
Of course, treatment with the wrong laser can be problematic. The same lasers capable of eliminating discoloured areas or lessening their appearances can create discoloured areas on some skin types and colours. However, even that problem has lessened in recent years, as Nd: YAG and other laser devices have been adapted for dark skin and multiple skin types.
Aesthetic lasers often perform either surface or deep tissue treatment. Surface lasers are ablative or affecting the surface. Deep tissue laser procedures are non-ablative, meaning they ignore the top of your skin that is visible but treat invisible layers below. The advantage of ablative laser treatment is obvious. Non-ablative treatment does not give the same immediate satisfaction of seeing results. Instead, it gets your body to start healing its own cells. Then, over time, the appearance of your skin starts to improve.
There are some laser devices capable of treating all layers of your skin as well. For example, Fraxel laser treatment creates “shafts” in your skin layers at a microscopic level you cannot see. Ablative lasers that usually focus on the surface are also capable of treating additional skin layers, when necessary.
Not every clinical skincare treatment is laser treatment. You do have the option of trying other cosmetic treatments for your skin, instead. To decide if laser procedures are the right options for you to consider takes time and effort. It also takes professional input. After considering the results of your skin assessment, you will have a better idea of how suited or not your skin is to the actions of laser machines.