Laser Treatments 101: different types and benefits against skin aging

Hello Sunshine! In the world of anti-aging treatments, one thing is certain. That thing is change. The industry is always changing and growing at a rapid rat--but that isn't really a bad thing! If you're looking for a solution to your current or developing skin problems, the more options the better! However, there's still that danger of losing yourself in a sea of options, especially at the start. So today I want to help you out with an overview of anti-aging laser treatments.

The first thing you need to know is that lasers aren't magic devices. They may not give you the exact results that you want no matter what, but they will certainly help. You should also know that you may need to have multiple laser treatments to maintain your skin's healthier look. However, you can increase your chances of success and reduce how much you have to repeat the process by choosing the right laser device for your specific skin type and problem.

Fraxel Laser Treatment

The term “Fraxal” is just another term for “fractional photothermolysis” treatment. A fraxal laser treatment will basically damage your skin cells on purpose, but don't panic. That's what is supposed to happen. By damaging your skin cells, it forces them to start repairing themselves. They will do that by producing more of certain substances, including collagen. Collagen is one of the substances that keeps skin tight and smooth

Ablative Laser Treatment

Your skin has many different layers. An ablative laser will target all of those layers during your treatment. If you have a severe skin problem or multiple skin problems, this is probably a good choice for you. You should expect an ablative laser treatment to work quite well. Repeat treatments may not even be necessary. However, they aren't without their problems.

The first problem with ablative treatments is that they tend to be more painful than other cosmetic laser treatments. They also come with several side effects immediately after the procedure. For instance, your skin will probably ooze or bleed for a little while. Although, holding sterile gauze on the affected areas should stop the bleeding fairly quickly. It's important to keep your skin clean for quite a while after the procedure and follow your technician's instructions to avoid infections as well.

Non-Ablative Laser Treatment

Your third choice, when it comes to laser treatments, is to have a non-ablative treatment. A non-ablative laser penetrates the skin and only impacts lower layers. Since the skin's surface isn't involved, the risk of post-procedure infection is much lower. Non-ablative treatments usually have almost no recovery time or side effects to speak of. So, if you want to sort of dip your toe in the waters of laser treatments, this might be the best procedure for you.

The only problem with non-ablative treatments is that their effects are not as dramatic and they won't last as long. It's great for treating slight wrinkles, but larger skin problems may require stronger types of laser treatments.

Ultimately, you should make your final decision based on your finances, the side effects and recovery times of each procedure, the type of skin problem you have, and other related factors. Personally, I've tried Fraxel Laser Treatments, and they work really well. The most important thing is, you should always seek professional advise--and go for the doctor that you know you can trust.