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Lasky Newsletter - Laser Skin Resurfacing
Are you considering a laser skin treatment for anti-aging, acne, stretch marks, scars or simply as the next step in your advanced facial rejuvenation strategy? Learn how laser skin care treatments can amp up your professional facial care with us and why you want to choose Lasky Aesthetics & Laser Center in Beverly Hills for all of your laser skin treatments.
- Types of Laser Skin Treatment
- Laser Skin Tightening vs. Laser Skin Resurfacing
- Home Laser Skin Treatment: Do they Work? Are they safe?
- Laser Skin Treatment: Acne Scars
- Laser Skin Resurfacing: Acne
- Laser Skin Resurfacing: Stretch Marks
- Laser Skin Treatment Side Effects
- Laser Skin Treatment Cost
Types of Laser Skin Treatment
There are several different types of laser skin treatment, each with its own purpose and method. Some involve post-procedure downtime, and some don’t; also, some require multiple treatment sessions, while others are one-time procedures.
CO2 laser resurfacing is an ablative laser treatment for patients with significant skin conditions and deep wrinkles. It is performed in the operating room for improved patient comfort and involves a recovery period of about a month. According to our patients, the procedure and recovery are worth it for the amazing results achieved.
Fraxel Dual is a fractionated, non-ablative laser treatment that targets small areas of the skin that have pigmentation, poor texture or tone, and/or fine lines, scars and wrinkles. Some swelling and redness for 4-5 days will occur; however, Fraxel is considered the “gold standard” for laser resurfacing.
Clear and Brilliant laser treatment is the lighter version of the Fraxel made by Solta. This treatment stimulates collagen production, leading your body to produce healthier-looking skin. It can shrink pores as well as repair fine lines and skin damage. This is a great treatment for maintenance and overall glowing skin. Requires multiple treatments monthly.
IPL Photofacial laser treatment helps undo skin damage and the effects of aging by delivering high-intensity pulses of light to sub-surface skin layers. It involves minimal downtime perhaps some redness and requires multiple treatments for the best outcome, based on the severity of the condition, once every 3-4 weeks.
The Vbeam laser treatment targets hemoglobin, therefore reducing redness including rosacea, angiomas, port wine stains, scars and other imperfections. The VBeam is also great for bruises after injections or surgery. Several treatments are required, but there’s no downtime after each treatment.
All these treatments are safe, although only a specialist who understands your unique needs can tell you which treatment is right for you.
Laser Skin Tightening vs. Laser Skin Resurfacing
Innovations in aesthetic lasers continue to expand the types of non-surgical procedures that can be performed to enhance the appearance of your skin. These technological improvements also produce better results than similar procedures done in the past. Two aesthetic laser treatment categories are laser skin tightening and laser skin resurfacing. Laser skin tightening uses ultrasound or radiofrequency to heat the collagen underneath the surface of the skin, which causes the underlying foundation to lift and tighten. This reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to create a smoother more youthful look. The procedure strengthens the skin and promotes the growth of new collagen, which corrects mild to moderate skin laxity and can improve the appearance of cellulite.
Laser skin resurfacing in Beverly Hills targets small areas of the skin to promote the growth of healthy tissue and alter the appearance of aging or sun-damaged skin. It can also reduce the effects of acne scars, stretch marks and uneven pigmentation as well as fine lines and wrinkles. The laser heats and vaporizes a small number of damaged cells on the upper layers of your skin. The new skin that grows in to cover the area creates a healthier appearance. The technique is usually very precise and causes little damage to surrounding tissue. New laser skin resurfacing methods have fewer complications and faster recovery times. Schedule a consultation to determine which cosmetic procedure is best for your particular situation.
Home Laser Skin Treatment: Do they Work? Are they safe?
As skin care becomes more advanced, there are products available for home laser skin treatment. Before making such an investment, it is important to understand how well these treatments work and the possible risks.
These at-home options are similar to the ones used at your dermatologist's office. Most of these devices are available over the counter and feature light sources, radio-frequencies, sonic cleansing or lasers. You can buy these products to clean your skin, reduce the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles and control other skin conditions like rosacea. While most of these products are somewhat effective, they do not have the same power as those found in medical clinics.
It is also worth remembering that there are laser skin treatment side effects, which are more pronounced with do-it-yourself methods. Not all of these products have been thoroughly tested or approved by medical authorities. In fact, some sidestep these regulations entirely by making beauty claims, not medical claims. With at-home treatments, you are more likely to suffer from scarring, redness, soreness and other laser skin treatment side effects, some of which may lead to further complications. Many people find it difficult to keep up with home laser skin treatment, which requires consistent self-application to be effective.
Ultimately, this is why even the most powerful home treatment cannot compare to professional work completed in a clinical setting. With a professional, the tools have been tested and approved for safe, effective treatment for any skin care problem.
Laser Skin Treatment: Acne Scars
If you've been looking for a way to improve your appearance and boost your confidence, laser skin treatment for acne scars may be the answer. A number of options are available, and your treatment provider can help you choose the right one for your skin.
How Do Laser Skin Treatments Work?
Two main categories of laser treatments are available: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers vaporize the epidermis, or outer layer of skin. A new layer of skin forms, and collagen production increases during the process to help smooth out the skin. Ablative lasers provide much more intensive treatment and have provided better results than many other types of acne scar treatments.
Non-ablative lasers work beneath the outer layer of skin by boosting collagen production. Collagen fills in imperfections for a smooth, flawless look. Non-ablative laser treatments are better suited to mild or moderate scarring. Less downtime is required with this type of treatment, but more than one session may be required.
The type of laser treatment you choose will depend on a number of factors. Your skin care professional will discuss your lifestyle, expectations and other considerations with you. Your complexion and the severity of your acne scars will also help determine whether your provider recommends ablative or non-ablative laser skin treatment for acne scars on your face or body.
Laser Skin Resurfacing: Acne
Has acne left your face looking blotchy and scarred? Are you tired of trying to cover these imperfections with makeup or cure them with ineffectual and expensive creams? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, laser skin resurfacing for acne might be exactly the treatment you need.
What does it involve? The procedure is completed in one session that can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours depending on the size of the area to be treated. The places receiving the treatment will generally be numbed with a local anesthetic.
What should you keep in mind in the days following your laser skin resurfacing for acne treatment? First, swelling is normal and will slowly go away over time. Sleeping on a second pillow can help to reduce the puffiness. Second, your laser care professional will bandage the treated areas at the end of the procedure. After 24 hours, you will need to remove the bandages and clean the affected areas five times a day, applying the appropriate ointment to stop the formation of scabs. Itching or stinging can occur for 12 to 72 hours after your treatment. After five to seven days, your skin will peel. Total healing will happen in 10 to 21 days, with redness usually fading slowly over the next three months.
In around 90 days, laser skin resurfacing can make your acne scars a distant memory. Don’t you owe it to yourself to speak to a laser care professional? It might just change your life.
Laser Skin Resurfacing: Stretch Marks
Whether they are caused by sudden weight gain, puberty, pregnancy or other hormonal changes, no one wants stretch marks. Although they are harmless, these lines and discolorations on the skin can be unpleasant to look at and embarrassing to show. If you suffer from stretch marks on your arms, breasts, legs, hips or stomach, laser resurfacing is a safe, nonsurgical, FDA-approved option and has been found to be effective in people of all skin types.
How does laser skin resurfacing for stretch marks work? Over an average of three to five sessions, your laser treatment provider will use fine pulses of laser light to penetrate deeply into the inner layers of your skin. The laser will go into the skin’s support structure and stimulate your body to replace old and damaged areas with new collagen and elastin. These are the elements that make up smooth, line-free skin. Thanks to this infusion of collagen, the affected area will be smoother and the color of the stretch mark will fade.
What can you expect when you receive laser skin resurfacing for stretch marks? Depending on the size of the area to be treated, the procedure can take as little as a half hour. Because it is nonsurgical, you will not experience bleeding or severe pain. In fact, most patients only feel a small amount of discomfort. In most cases, you can resume normal activities immediately after receiving the laser skin resurfacing treatment for stretch marks. The side effects you may experience are mild, including swelling and itching, as well as temporary redness at the treatment site.
Are so-called “miracle stretch mark creams” failing to live up to their promises? Are your stretch marks preventing you from wearing your favorite clothes or otherwise expressing your style? If so, talk to us today about how a laser skin resurfacing treatment for stretch marks can transform your body and give you back your freedom of expression.
Laser Skin Treatment Side Effects
Laser therapy can safely treat a wide range of medical conditions. Compared to traditional surgery, it normally causes less pain and allows patients to recover more quickly. Nevertheless, almost any procedure can trigger unexpected health problems. Let's take a look at the most common laser skin treatment side effects.
A laser might alter your skin's surface in undesirable ways. Such treatments have the potential to create scars or change the color of your skin. In most cases, the tissue returns to its normal hue within six months. There's also a slight risk that the equipment will inadvertently burn you, but this rarely happens with a skilled, trained and certified laser skin specialist, so be sure to thoroughly research any providers you’re considering for your treatment.
A very small number of skin therapy patients suffer infections that require medical attention. However, following post-procedure protocols will help prevent infections, so be sure to follow all instructions and call if you have any questions about aftercare instructions. Also, tell your provider if you are prone to cold sores on your skin, as a laser treatment could trigger an outbreak.
The good news is that lasers usually cause fewer scars and less swelling than other instruments. Our skilled practitioners also take extensive safety precautions and make every effort to prevent complications. To reduce the risk of laser skin treatment side effects, please remember to follow all aftercare instructions and seek out a licensed, certified provider with experience and proven results.
Laser Skin Treatment Cost
Laser skin treatments are used to eliminate scars, blotches, and fine lines and wrinkles associated with acne, sun damage, and normal aging. Laser skin resurfacing precisely removes the top layers of the skin to eliminate dead cells. This clears the way for new cells to form so that a tight and youthful appearance is left behind.
In Beverly Hills, laser skin treatment cost varies by clinic. This type of procedure is usually considered cosmetic in nature, so it is not covered by medical insurance. However, to make things more affordable, many higher end clinics or facial aesthetics practices offer different types of lasers varying in price suitable for all clients. Average full face laser skin resurfacing prices range between $1,500 and $3500. The final laser skin resurfacing cost will depend on the kind of laser used, the size of the area being treated, and what results you’re hoping to achieve. If you are only targeting a certain facial feature, the price will drop. For example, treating the eyes or mouth alone will cost approximately $1,200.
The best way for you to estimate an accurate cost for a laser resurfacing procedure is to consult with a professional. Your skin tone and condition will be evaluated so that the appropriate laser is used and the correct area is treated. A consultation in our Beverly Hills aesthetics practice will help you determine, with the help of our skin care professionals, what type of treatment would work best for you and how much it will cost.
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