Skincare Treatments with Laser
Not so long ago, laser treatment was limited to permanent hair removal and a few obscure treatments by Dermatologists for little-known skin conditions.
Today, lasers and laser treatments have become more sophisticated, advanced, and innovative – they are the ‘go-to’ treatment therapy of many skilled Dermatologists, Plastic Surgeons and Aestheticians for a wide range of skin conditions, cosmetic and anti-aging treatments.
From laser acne treatment, to skin rejuvenation, body shaping or hair removal, there is a effective laser therapy and solution out there. The following are just a few ways in which advanced laser treatments are changing the way we look and feel about our skin, our bodies and ourselves.
Laser for Spider Veins and Broken Capillaries – a simple laser can treat tiny veins under the skin’s surface. The energy from the laser essentially targets only the blood vessel while protecting the surrounding skin. The targeted spider vein is thermally coagulated causing it to collapse and forcing your body to absorb and repair the area. Depending of the severity of the condition, two to four treatments may be required. Most people see a 70% – 80% improvement in facial veins and a 30% – 40% improvement in leg veins after each treatment. Laser therapy feels like a rubber bad snapping on the skin and may cause slight bruising (especially on the face) but this will not last more than a few days. Learn more about facial veins and how to treat them.
Laser for Rosacea – Light-based treatments like IPL (intense pulsed light – not technically a laser) can effectively reduce Rosacea redness and “flushing” for a more even skin tone in just a few treatments. Pulses of light are used to target and treat the blood vessels that are responsible for the chronic redness most people with Rosacea have. Once the vessels responsible for the rosacea are treated, the redness and rash can disappear. Best of all, light-based rosacea treatment can also diminish the appearance of broken blood vessels and acne-like breakouts associated with the condition. Read more about Rosacea treatment and prevention.
Laser for Acne – Blue light laser therapy can be a great alternative to treating severe cases of acne. Blue light laser energy is delivered to the affected area where it gently heats the skin, targets and kills the harmful bacteria. Typically a series of treatments is required over time. One of the newer treatments for acne is the light based treatment called Isolaz, which combines pore suction and PIL to kill bacterial and stop inflammation. This is followed by a second treatment that delivers salicylic acid to dry and tighten the treated pores and prevent new breakouts. Watch this brief video to see how Isolaz works.
Laser for Fine Lines – laser treatment for skin rejuvenation is big business. Fractional nonablative lasers (Fraxel®) heat columns of tissue to create microscopic wounds under the skin’s surface. This triggers the healing process during which collagen is produced. (It’s the loss of collagen that created the lines in the first place). As collagen levels are boosted, the skin tightens up and fine lines disappear. Click here for more Anti-Aging Treatments using laser.
Laser for Tattoo Removal – you can remove tattoos very effectively with laser (although lasers cannot destroy all colors). The lasers work by directing energy toward ink in the skin with highly concentrated colored light beams. These laser beams break up ink particles into tiny fragments which are later flushed or cleared away by the body’s natural process. The laser selectively targets the pigment of the tattoo without damaging the surrounding skin. Not all colors respond to laser, and newer tattoos are harder to treat. To learn more, read laser tattoo removal
Laser for Permanent Hair Removal – this is the old standard and the popularization of the ‘laser movement’ in skincare. Laser hair removal is permanent, requiring only an annual touch up for maintaining the results. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) uses broad-based light to target melanin in the hair shaft as well as the hair follicle. As soon as the light rays strike the melanin, they are converted into heat energy. This heat energy destroys the hair roots, bulbs and shafts. It also destroys the entire hair follicle and other surrounding cells that are responsible for hair re-growth. For information about laser for hair removal see our article on IPL Hair Removal
Laser technology has brought us amazing advances in treating and improving skin conditions, rejuvenating and repairing damaged skin. But laser treatments are not without risk and are not suitable for all skin types. Learn more about the various lasers treatments available and the risks of laser in our related articles below.