You’ve seen it on the news, time and time again, celebrities in their 40s and beyond fervently proclaiming that they have not had any plastic surgery. Well the truth is that with all the non-invasive aesthetic solutions available on the market today, plastic surgery for a good majority of anti-aging procedures is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Some of today’s most prevalent aesthetic treatments include Botox, chemical peels, injectables, fillers and cosmetic laser treatments.
While all of the treatments above offer various levels of results, cosmetic lasers can offer the most dramatic and longer lasting solutions. Cosmetic laser treatments typically work by targeting collagen in the skin and basically by heating the epidermal cells, thus regenerating collagen growth that will take years off your skin. The results are more natural than plastic surgery, safer and require much less downtime and in many cases, no downtime at all.
Some of the more common procedures that can be achieved through the use of aesthetic laser devices include laser skin resurfacing, wrinkle reduction, photofacials, pigmentation treatments for sun spots and age spots (brown spots on the skin), skin tightening and more. Seems pretty simple, but when you start to look at all of the laser and non-laser options that’s where it can get complicated.
There are ablative lasers that use carbon dioxide and erbium technology. These are the most powerful and are used for laser skin resurfacing. Treatments with these types of lasers require more downtime and function by basically burning off the top layer of skin which causes new collagen regeneration. The results are extremely effective. These lasers have evolved over time and are less aggressive meaning they use a combination of different technology to achieve the same results. In short these treatments while more expensive only require one session.
Non-ablative lasers come in a variety of technology and do not damage the top layers of skin. While a patient may require more treatment sessions, they are generally less expensive. Laser technology that falls into this category include pulsed-dye lasers, Nd:YAG and Alexandrite. Other aesthetic devices are often referred to as “lasers”, however technically, they are powered by non-laser technology. These include intense pulsed light (IPL), infrared, radiofrequency and ultrasound imaging. All of these non-ablative laser systems offer a variety treatment options.
So how does an individual does chose the right treatment or the right laser? Consult with a qualified doctor such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Make sure they have a lot of experience in offering laser treatments and then carefully weigh your options based on recovery time, cost, and expected results.