Lasers can be successfully used to treat a range of skin concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, hyperpigmentation, scarring, vascular lesions, acne scars, poor tone and texture.
There are several different types of laser devices available, which each work in slightly different ways and suit particular skin types and conditions.
How does laser skin rejuvenation work?
The different types of lasers for skin rejuvenation fall under two categories – ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers vaporise the top layer of damaged skin, while non-ablative work below the skin’s surface. While highly effective, treatment with an ablative laser generally involves a longer recovery time.
Non-ablative lasers work by delivering focused beams of light energy to target areas in the skin. When the light reaches its target, it converts to heat energy which stimulates collagen and elastin production for an improvement in your skin’s appearance.
Who is suitable for treatment?
Suitability for laser skin rejuvenation treatment depends on your skin type and concerns. Some lasers are not appropriate for those with darker skin, while extensive skin damage is often better treated with a more intense laser.
Those with active infections, such as cold sores, in the treatment area are not suitable. A detailed consultation with a medical professional will determine what is right for you.
What results are expected from laser skin rejuvenation?
The outcome of laser skin rejuvenation depends on the extent of your concerns and the device used by the practitioner.
Generally, you can expect to smoother, firmer, brighter and more youthful-looking skin, with a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Lasers can also help improve pigmentation issues such as sun spots, ages spots and other irregularities, while reducing redness and scarring.
Does the procedure hurt?
Laser skin rejuvenation can be slightly painful, depending on the area being treated and your skin’s sensitivity. For some treatments, numbing cream can be used to make the procedure more comfortable.
Are there any risks associated with laser skin rejuvenation?
Slight redness, itching, swelling, pain and a hot feeling are normal after laser treatment.
More serious risks include infection, blistering, burning and pigmentation changes. These are rare and can be avoided if you see an appropriately qualified and experienced practitioner.