As you get older, you’ll notice that your skin ages and can deteriorate over time. In some cases, the skin ages much faster, and this has been a cause of concern for many people, especially those whose careers are highly dependent on one’s physical appearance. Fortunately, cosmetic lasers for wrinkle treatments have become increasingly popular because they don’t just work on wrinkles and fine lines, but they also clear acne scars and age spots. The outcome depends on the type of laser treatment.
Non-ablative and ablative laser treatments
Non-ablative laser treatments only work on the outer layer of the skin. They have no impact on the inner skin layers. One of the factors that influence the type of cosmetic laser treatment to use is a patient’s ability to withstand pain because some procedures are quite painful, while others cause little or no pain. Non-ablative treatments are great for people with a low tolerance for pain. Examples include pulsed-dye, Alexandrite, and ND: Yag.
Ablative laser treatments, on the other hand, are more invasive. They work on the inner layers of the skin. Often, some outer layers of the skin are removed during the procedure. CO2 and Erbium YAG laser are some of the most prominent ablative laser treatments in the market.
How ablative laser resurfacing treatments work
This laser treatment involves the use of intense wavelengths of light on aging or sun-damaged skin. During this process, the outer layer of aged skin is removed, and the underlying skin is then stimulated to produce collagen. When the skin starts healing, smoother and tighter skin will replace the old, wrinkled skin.
It is vital to note that this is not a long term solution because as you age, the skin will keep developing wrinkles. So, multiple treatments may be necessary. Ablative laser resurfacing treatment is highly effective, but it may not work for deeply wrinkled or sagging skin. So, it is best to seek this laser treatment as soon as you start noticing wrinkles or fine lines on your skin.
CO2 is one of the most aggressive ablative laser treatments, and it is an ideal choice for skin that is in the advanced stages of aging. In addition to wrinkled skin, this laser treatment is used for the removal of scars and skin warts.
Non-ablative skin rejuvenation laser treatments
This skin treatment option involves the use of heat to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as minor scars. Non-ablative lasers are usually fractionated to reduce the possibility of bruising during treatment. This is why this cosmetic skin treatment option has little or no downtime, and the skin heals much faster than the ablative laser treatments.
The fractionated lasers release heat into the skin through hundreds of tiny, deep columns. These columns are known as microthermal treatment zones. The heat does not penetrate the entire skin, but instead, it interlocks with normal untreated skin. Since the entire surface is not treated, the skin heals much faster. Non-ablative laser treatments result in little or no complications. However, you’ll need to undergo multiple treatments before you see a significant change in your skin’s appearance.
Whichever cosmetic laser treatment option you go for, you need to discuss with your doctor early so that you can prepare for the procedure. You can also use this chance to choose the ideal treatment option for your aging skin.
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