Often, skin shows a visible impact of the effects of age. Fine lines and wrinkles can develop on the skin. People sometimes consider wrinkles to be an inevitable part of the ageing process. However, modern medicine has made it possible to combat the effects of ageing on the skin. Laser treatment is one such technique. It is a facial rejuvenation procedure that uses a laser to improve the appearance of skin or treat minor facial flaws. It is a type of skincare procedure that is performed by a dermatologist or a physician; it uses lasers to help improve skin texture and appearance.
Laser treatment is a modern technique to combat fine lines and wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin. It can also remove the shallow scars left behind from acne. Laser treatment can also treat skin that is unresponsive after a facelift and to remove unwanted brown spots. Laser treatment can improve skin conditions like:
- Age spots
- Acne scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Crow’s feet
- Sagging skin
- Uneven skin tone
- Enlarged oil glands
Laser treatment can be of two types:
- Ablative Lasers: Ablative laser treatment uses a laser to vaporize skin cells damaged at the surface-level. It directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, removing skin layer by layer precisely. It removes the thin outer layer of skin, the epidermis, and heats the underlying skin, the dermis. This stimulates the growth of new collagen fibres. As the epidermis heals and re-grows, the area treated has a smoother and tighter appearance. Ablative lasers include carbon dioxide (CO2) or Erbium. CO2 laser treatments are used to remove scars, warts, and deep wrinkles. Erbium laser treatments are used for fine lines and wrinkles, as well as other superficial skin concerns. Both CO2 and Erbium laser treatments remove the outer layers of the skin.
- Non-ablative Lasers: Non-ablative lasers are non-wounding. They stimulate collagen growth, which in turn helps make skin tone and texture better. Non-ablative lasers do not remove any skin layers. Non-ablative laser treatment can be done with various types of lasers like pulsed-dry lasers, fractional lasers, as well as with intense pulsed light (IPL) devices. Non-ablative lasers may be used to treat rosacea, spider veins, and acne-related skin conditions. Non-ablative laser treatment is less invasive and requires less recovery time than ablative laser treatment, but it is less effective.
Laser treatment can reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the skin. It can also treat loss of skin tone. If you have scars or sun damage, it can also improve your complexion. It cannot remove excess or sagging skin. Laser treatment involves certain steps such as:
- Preparation: Before the procedure, several treatments are done to prepare the skin. This stage increases skin tolerance to professional treatments while decreasing the risk for side effects.
- Anaesthesia: On the day of the procedure, a topical anaesthetic is applied to the area being treated to reduce pain. If a large area is being treated, sedatives or pain killers might be suggested.
- Cleansing: The skin is cleansed to remove any excess oil, dirt, and bacteria.
- Laser Treatment: The chosen laser is moved slowly around the area of skin being treated.
- Dressing: The treatment area is dressed in wraps to help protect the ski at the end of the procedure.
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