Laser treatments have earned a reputation for producing excellent results while at the same time being quick and relatively painless. Shorter and less intense recovery periods sweeten the deal, resulting in one of the most popular treatments in the medical esthetics industry.
The ideal time for laser treatments is during the Fall and Winter months. Our skin is generally lighter during these months. Lasers penetrate more easily on lighter skin, making the treatment more effective. Also, laser treatments increase skin’s sensitivity so avoiding sun exposure is crucial.
Lucky for us, it’s just coming up on March and there’s still time!
Lasers can treat many skin concerns, in a number of ways. Fractional laser resurfacing and IPL are two of the most popular tools in skin restoration.
What is fractional laser skin resurfacing? Each laser session reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and overall uneven skin tone. The use of fractional lasers also encourages the body to produce more collagen, which is what gives our skin the elasticity and smoothness of our youth. Unfortunately, when we hit our thirties, collagen production tends to slow down and will eventually stop altogether. Fractional laser resurfacing is able to naturally increase collagen production and increase skin’s elasticity without trauma to the skin.
How does it work? A fractional laser is used to target imperfections, as identified in a consultation between patient and provider. Your provider will choose a wavelength setting based on your skin tone, skin type and desired results. These lasers then send quick pulses toward the skin, creating microscopic wounds not visible to the naked eye. This result in the elimination of damaged skin cells that are causing the wrinkles and fine lines as the body naturally responds by eliminating them through our waste system and replacing them with healthy skin cells. The same is done when trying to minimize or eliminate skin discoloration and age spots. These are removed by having the laser target the pigment of these damaged skin cells, breaking them up into smaller particles. This makes it easier for the body’s waste system to remove them.
Fractional lasers can also send wavelengths deep into the layers of the skin, targeting problems that most products can’t. One of the most common reasons people seek out these laser treatments is because they can stimulate collagen production. Not only is this a popular laser treatment for the face, but for the chest and neck as well, as these are the areas of the body where a lack of collagen production is most noticeable. Collagen is what gives the skin its elasticity, and without it the skin appears much thinner, loose, and wrinkled.
Why choose fractional laser resurfacing? Aside from it’s reasonable cost, fractional laser resurfacing is extremely convenient. Each session takes an average of 10 minutes and can be easily done on your lunch break. As this is a noninvasive procedure, most people experience few or no side effects other than redness and slight swelling. There is little or no downtime required, and other than taking steps to avoid using makeup and sun exposure, you can go back to your regular routine right away. The most obvious and likely reason for this procedure’s popularity, is that IT WORKS. Those who have invested in this treatment have reported more even skin tone, reduction in wrinkles, and more youthful appearance.
What is IPL? IPL, or intense pulsed light, is a versatile treatment that can improve a range of issues on the face, hands, neck, and chest, including brown spots, broken capillaries, and rosacea. The energy stimulates collagen and elastin production, which may help reduce fine lines and shrink enlarged pores. It works by delivering an arc of light that penetrates all levels of the skin, without harming the surface, resulting in minimal downtime, if any at all.
Why choose IPL? While most laser treatments deliver one intensified wavelength in a focused, localized beam, IPL delivers broad-spectrum visible light at multiple wavelengths, by painting the area in broad strokes. This means IPL can address several different skin concerns at the same time, such as brown spots and red spots. Lasers focusing on a specific wavelength address only one problem more intensely. IPL light is also more scattered, so it’s able to treat skin without damaging the top layer, resulting in quicker healing.
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