Dark spots, wrinkles, acne scars, and other issues aren’t resolved with a daily skincare routine. Specialized treatments offered by a dermatologist can address these problems. Over the years, the treatment options have improved. You can now achieve healthy skin with laser technology. Laser treatments have gotten much praise as of late, but why are they so much better than other types of skincare?
A process of selective photothermolysis is applied using lasers, which refers to a laser’s ability to modulate light frequency and produce heat, while selectively destroying tissue (lysis). The light beam must be chosen based on the color of the target. This may be a red broken capillary or a brown spot. Given the vast number of laser types now available, laser technology can be applied to just about any skin condition.
Here, we will explain the benefits of lasers from a dermatological perspective.
Can Address Many Cosmetic Issues
There are many different types of lasers, including CO2, Erbium YAG, and pulsed dye lasers. Ablative lasers vaporize top skin layers. Another type of laser used is a non-ablative laser, which leaves upper skin layers untouched while working deeper within the skin. Each laser functions at one wavelength, meaning it emits one color of light. Dermatologists can, therefore, combine different lasers to address specific problems. Laser systems can, therefore, be applied to treating:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Pigmented lesions
- Loose/sagging skin
- Vascular lesions
- Acne/acne scars
- Excess hair growth
- Precancerous lesions
Lasers, such as CO2 and Nd:YAG lasers, can also be used for tattoo removal. Targeted laser light can break up pigment particles embedded within the skin. These small particles can then be eliminated by natural processes within the body.
Target Specific Skin Structures
Depending on the laser and light it produces, one can achieve the desired effect. Lasers can target the brown pigment in skin known as melasma to clear dark spots and your complexion. Other lasers can target hair follicles. Still, other wavelengths are more effective for red skin tone variations and can treat rosacea, broken capillaries, and acne scars. A laser device can also be used to directly target lines and wrinkles, tighten skin, and address skin texture issues so your skin looks smoother and younger.
Reduced Healing Time
Some laser skin care treatments are associated with minimal downtime. You might experience some minor redness and swelling for a few hours to a few days. Oftentimes you can resume regular activities immediately after the procedure, so you can literally receive treatment during lunchtime. Post-treatment care is often minimal. Your dermatologist might recommend using a moisturizer or avoiding sunlight, while serums, antioxidants, and vitamin-infused, UV-protective creams might be suggested.
Lower Cost of Treatment
The cost of laser skin treatment varies depending on your condition, the type of therapy, how many sessions are needed, where they are performed, etc. One treatment might cost as little as a few hundred dollars. The cost differs significantly from traditional facelifts and other cosmetic procedures, which can cost thousands of dollars or more per treatment, and are associated with more discomfort and longer recovery times.
The Best Skin Care from Qualified Professionals
The Laser & Dermatology Institute offers laser skin care services at three office locations in Southern California—LDI of Los Angeles, LDI of Newport Beach, and LDI of Covina. Our non-surgical alternatives include the latest skin rejuvenation techniques. For more information on our services and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jacob Rispler, call us at 888-585-3993 or self-schedule your appointment online.