Anti-Aging Laser Treatments for Youthful Skin
The anti-aging industry has made great strides in the last few years. Researchers are finding new ways to fight aging and the innovations in the field are quite remarkable. Depending on your budget and liking, you have various procedures such as hormonal, surgical, cosmetic, and laser treatment solutions, at your disposal in your fight against aging. In fact, there are now so many of them that you will find nearly half a dozen procedures under laser treatment category itself. However, to maximize the benefits of any anti-aging laser therapy, it is vital to understand the differences between each of them. You can then decide which of them is best suited for you.
Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL aka Flashlamp)
Contrary to popular misconception, IPL is not a laser treatment. Instead, IPL uses intense pulses of light to bombard the elements of the skin responsible for its color. This way, IPL stimulates melanogenesis, the production of melanin (skin color pigment), and produces uniform colored skin. The process is especially useful in treating redness and skin discolorations observed in cases of Rosacea. However, the treatment is a temporary solution and its effects last only a few days. For longer-lasting effects, people should rather go for laser anti-aging treatment.
Fractional Photothermolysis, better known by its trade name, Fraxel, is a procedure that produces a new layer of skin in the treated area. In this procedure, a laser is used to deliver hundreds to thousands of pinpoints of laser light on the skin. The result is microscopic injuries on the skin, which, when healed, will be fresh, young and healthy. The treatment leaves a slight pain and swelling, but is only a temporary issue. After a course of 2 to 4 sessions of treatment, your skin will have a perfect young look.
Ablative Laser Resurfacing
Ablative Laser Resurfacing is generally used in cases wherein the person has major skin issues. This technique directs laser at your skin and the laser light can penetrate all layers of your skin. The localized microscopic injuries resulting from this technique stimulates human body to replace damaged skin cells with new healthy ones. To put this in perspective, this medical laser treatment rejuvenates your skin completely from bottom layers to the top layers. Therefore, Ablative Laser Treatment is often considered as one of the most effective anti-aging procedures in the world.
The treatment is not without its own disadvantages. Because of its ability to target subsurface layers of skin, sometimes it leads to bleeding, oozing skin and similar other side effects. As such, the treatment itself is a painful procedure. Moreover, post-treatment period requires great care of the skin as the treatment leaves the skin sensitive and vulnerable to infections.
Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing
Unlike Ablative Laser Resurfacing, The Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing do not inflict any injuries on the upper layers of the skin. Non-ablative treatments only target the lower layers of skin and they have a mild effect on the skin. Therefore, you will neither experience any pain nor is your skin left open for infections.
However, non-ablative treatments come with their own limitation. They are not as potent as ablative treatments in their effect. In other words they can neither rejuvenate your skin for longer duration, nor get rid of the deep wrinkles. They can only treat thin wrinkles, and their effect lasts for a very short period of time. If you need to get treated deep wrinkles, Ablative treatments are the right choice.
Fractionated CO2 Laser Therapy
Fractionated CO2 Laser Therapy is one of the most advanced anti-aging therapies in the practice and has entered the market only recently. You will not do through any significant pain with this procedure and neither suffer any side effects. However, since it is a new treatment technique, its long term efficacy is yet to be ascertained.
Conclusion: It is important to keep yourself well-informed on the nature of various laser treatments so that you can take a better decision when the time comes. You should also know that although the above mentioned procedures are most preferred solutions, you need not limit yourself to only them. Other options such as radio frequency treatments or chemical peels, offer their promising results too. Whichever procedure you choose to undergo, it is always recommended to seek out professional advice before you make up your mind. With their knowledge and years of experience, they can suggest most suitable procedure for you depending on your skin issues.
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