Lately, I have been fascinated with the idea of using lasers to help with anti-aging, toning and clearing my skin. I am not the biggest advocate for botox or other injectables, but lasers I believe in. Mainly because I have seen them work for family members and have used laser hair removal myself. I thought this little article would help if you were considering laser treatments as well. It is always great to be educated on the process before beginning.
Treating Your Skin Using Lasers Versus Other Skincare Procedures
When you’re thinking about having skincare treatments, there are two categories to consider. Those categories are laser treatments and other skincare procedures. In order to pick between laser and non-laser options, you need to have a clear picture of what to expect from both categories.
Not All Light Treatments Use Lasers
The first thing you need to know is that not all light treatments have anything to do with lasers. In fact, Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, devices produce light that is on a totally different wavelength from the light produced by lasers. That’s why IPL doesn’t produce the heat that may laser treatments produce.
Any sort of laser equipment is also likely to be a lot stronger and more intense than IPL treatment. So why even consider using IPL treatments? Great question! The answer is that the treatment is milder, which might be better if your skin is extra oily or extra sensitive. Otherwise, you might prefer a more powerful laser treatment, which can treat many skin issues faster than IPL.
Picking from All the Available Laser Treatments
If you do decide to choose a laser treatment, there are plenty of options to wade through. The most common categories are non-ablative and ablative lasers. An ablative laser is one that can treat all of your skin layers but often focused on treating the outer layer. Non-ablative lasers can send beams of light down into the skin to stimulate it, but they do so without irritating the outer layer. This can be helpful if you have acne or other issues that make your outer layer extra sensitive.
Another option is a Fraxel laser treatment. Those types of lasers drill tiny holes through every layer of skin, treating each layer. Those treatments are often best for people who have more intense skin problems.
It’s Important to Pick the Right Laser
If you’re going to have a laser treatment, picking the right one for you is absolutely essential. Luckily, any trained technician or clinician that has the proper certifications should be able to assess your skin and suggest the best treatment for it.
Don’t Ignore Your Other Skincare Options
Of course, lasers and IPL therapy are not your only possible options. Ultrasound therapy and microdermabrasion are great options, among other things. The world of skincare treatments is constantly expanding. A little research can go a long way toward helping you get the clearer, healthier skin that you want and need. If you’re not sure where to begin, just talk to your regular physician or your dermatologist. They can help you to get started down the path to healthier skin just in time for Summer!
Would you try out laser skincare therapy? Let me know in the comments below!