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How to Choose Between Laser Skincare Options

Have you ever considered Laser Skincare Options for your skin problems? I know I have. I am still considering Laser treatment for the stubborn pigmentation on my cheeks.

Few skincare procedures are anywhere near as well-known as laser treatments. Yet, many people still don’t fully understand how laser treatments work or how one laser device varies from another. You must have an understanding of those things before you can choose between laser skincare options for anti-aging and properly treat your skin concerns.

A Comparison of Ablative and Non-Ablative Laser Devices

Traditional laser treatments are typically thought of as ablative (treating the skin’s surface) and non-ablative (treating deeper skin layers). While non-ablative treatments typically have no impact on the epidermis, or outer skin layer, ablative treatments can either focus on the surface or impact multiple skin layers, depending on their intensity and purpose.

An ablative laser device often strips away surface skin cells, many of which are already dead. It can also help to unblock pores by removing debris that would otherwise clog them. In addition it can sometimes be used to encourage regrowth and strengthening of deeper skin cells. A non-ablative skincare laser only focuses on those deeper tissues. Its job is to get the skin to start healing on the inside, which will eventually show through to the outside. As a result, non-ablative treatments will not produce immediate results, but their long-term benefits can be substantial.

How Fraxel Lasers Differ from More Traditional Laser Treatments

Fraxel laser treatments are not generally lumped in with the traditional ablative and non-ablative categories. Although, Fraxel skincare procedures have been performed since 2001 and are constantly increasing in popularity. A Fraxel laser drills holes too small to see straight down into the skin. In doing so, it creates areas where medicated creams and lotions can seep down quickly to the deeper tissues where they are needed most. It also encourages more internal production of collagen and other materials that help hold skin cells tightly together.

Issues Which May Impact Your Laser Treatment Choice

There are many issue which must be considered when you are choosing a type of laser treatment for your skin. Is your skin oily? Is it dry? Do you have wrinkles, scars, sags, discoloration, or other skin problems? How thick is your skin. Those questions and more must all be answered before you can schedule your first laser treatment because some types of treatments are better suited to certain skin conditions or types than others.

Another issue you must consider is whether you are willing to trade more discomfort for faster results. Typically, ablative laser treatments produce results faster than non-ablative laser procedures. However, they can also be much more uncomfortable, causing bleeding and increased infection risks. Therefore, you must follow your clinician’s aftercare instructions very carefully if you choose that type of treatment.

Finally, you must keep in mind that most laser treatments do not work in one session. The majority of them are meant to be performed in a series of sessions spread over months, or at least weeks. Therefore, treating your skin using laser machines requires an ongoing commitment from you if you want to see the end result you expect and crave. Only after undergoing the entire treatment series is your skin likely to show a marked improvement. But, as long as you follow the instructions of your clinician and also take good care of your skin after your laser procedures, they can help you to maintain the healthier, younger appearance you want for an extended period of time.

PS. This is an editorial post.

Photo from Pixabay.com

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