How to Erase the Effects of Aging with Laser Treatments

November 22, 2017
When it comes to targeting blemishes, imperfections, and signs of aging in the skin, it can sometimes be difficult to find treatments that target problem areas without damaging healthy tissue. For exfoliating purposes or to address large areas of the skin, remedies such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and skin care products can be immensely useful. However, when it comes to dealing with delicate signs of aging, such as fine lines around the mouth and eyes, hyperpigmentation and melasma, and age spots, something more concentrated can make all the difference. There are many types of laser treatments. Some laser treatments are designed to accommodate specific skin types, target specific conditions, or provide different intensities of results. Below is a breakdown of some vital information regarding various laser treatments, and how specific treatment methods can best suit your individual skin care needs.

Ablative, Non-Ablative, and Fractional Lasers

Typically, each laser procedure can be compartmentalized into one of three laser categories: ablative, non-ablative, and fractional. Ablative lasers are designed to destroy and remove the outermost layers of the targeted skin area. This allows for an intense and highly effective method for removing unwanted skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, melasma, and acne. Non-ablative lasers use a subtler output of energy that affects the deeper layers of the skin without harming the skin’s surface. Non-ablative laser treatments are ideal for patients undergoing prolonged anti-aging treatments, as these lasers are adept at triggering natural healing and biological processes within the skin that transforms such conditions as skin laxity, fine lines, and wrinkles. Fractional laser treatments are unique from both ablative and non-ablative lasers as they create grid-like patterns on the skin where only select pinpointed areas are targeted. By creating a combined pattern of ablated and non-ablated surface tissue, fractional laser treatments increase healing times while simultaneously reducing risks associated with other laser services.

Which Treatment is Right for Your Skin?

Prior to receiving any laser service, you should discuss your needs with a board-certified dermatologist or certified aesthetician. A Visia complexion analysis will provide detailed mapping of underlying conditions and their causes. Based on your results, a customized treatment plan may consist of multiple procedures or topical products to garner the best possible outcome. Some of the most popular laser treatments are the Halo Laser (which harnesses both ablative and non-ablative technology), Spectra Laser (which offers a non-ablative solution for patients looking to make change from within), and Fractional Laser Resurfacing (which aids in faster healing times and fewer complications).

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