What’s a Laser Facial?

Can you laser-away the years? In an earlier blog, I told you about using lasers for hair removal. Now I want to talk to you about the use of lasers for wrinkles, fine lines and skin imperfections.

Can you laser-away the years? In an earlier blog, I told you about using lasers for hair removal. Now I want to talk to you about the use of lasers for wrinkles, fine lines and skin imperfections.

We all know what I mean when I say wrinkles and fine lines, but when I say skin imperfections, I mean the dark spots (due to hormones and sun damage): unwanted freckles, acne scars, large pores, broken capillaries, scars and even facial hair.

There are many ways to get rid of these stubborn imperfections, but what is the most effective?

The fact is that it's lasers. Lasers are most effective because of their controlled accuracy and strength in targeting deep layers below the skin’s surface. It’s like getting rid of your imperfections from the inside out, and there’s more of a predictable outcome as compared to chemical peels or microdermabrasion.

When you get a laser treatment, it’s considered a medical procedure. There are various laser machines with different names, but there two types of laser facials, ablative and non-ablative.

I’m going to discuss the non-ablative laser in this post, and in my next post, I’ll tell you about the ablative laser. The non-ablative laser seems to be the most popular these days since it is a little less intense than the ablative laser. The non-ablative laser does not injure the skin’s surface to the level of the ablative laser. It targets the imperfections and brings them up to the surface to lessen or remove them.

Depending on your skin, you may need 3-5 treatments and they are typically spaced a month apart. Because these lasers bring the imperfections up to the surface, it can take time to see the full results that you want. However, the good thing is that there is little to no downtime and no pain following the procedure. It may be uncomfortable during the procedure, but that really depends on your pain tolerance. It feels like you're being snapped lightly by a rubber band. These procedures are actually becoming almost painless to 60 percent of the population. You can have a laser facial at lunch, put makeup on immediately after, and continue on with your day. Life goes on; plus, there is no need for special facial creams or ointments.  

Lasers target imperfections at the core. I compare it to a weed; if you pull up a weed and don’t actually get to the root, the weed is going to come back again and again. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion only target the surface layers of the skin, and the results can be unpredictable and inconsistent.

Yes, you will eventually get some sun spots, more fine lines and wrinkles due to aging and environmental toxins. But because you took care of the issue at its core, you will only need to maintain the skin at the surface level, and with less frequency. You will enjoy a more even complexion and texture, and appear more youthful. Sounds worth it, doesn't it?

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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