Many men and women do not realise that laser treatment is good for a lot more than just hair removal. In fact, laser treatment technology such as the Gentle Lase Pro series can be used to treat pigmentation, sun-damaged skin, spider veins, freckles and fine lines. Many patients are confused by all of the treatments available and it is important that technicians clearly explain how each procedure works.
Lasers work by focusing energy on a certain colour of the energy spectrum. The colours vary from clear to blue (CO2 lasers) to brown (Nd-YAG) to red (Pulse Dye) and others. When the laser beam encounters the skin, heat is created. This heat is used to dissolve hair follicles, burn the upper layers of skin and destroy blemishes. By lasering the upper layers of skin, the laser is able to exfoliate and effectively remove the skin layers associated with blemishes and fine wrinkles. Eventually, the upper layers of the skin will grow back smoother and clearer than they were previously.
Lasers are also able to reach deeper into the skin and break down collagen. As the collagen reforms it becomes tighter and more compact reducing the level of “looseness.” There are four general types of lasers that are used today: ablative, nonablative, fractionated and other skin treatments. Ablative laser procedures are the oldest form of laser treatment procedures widely used in the late 90’s. This invasive procedure burns the facial and can produce good results for facial rejuvenation. However, the long and painful recovery times led to the development of nonablative lasers. These lasers heat up the deeper layers of the skin while leaving the surface untouched. While they are able to stimulate collagen the surface skin remained largely the same. Fractionated lasers are the perfect go-between ablative and non-ablative treatments. These lasers burn a “fraction” of the surface skin resulting in exfoliation and skin tightening.
It is also important to remember that there are other alternatives to laser treatment for facial rejuvenation. Microdermabrasion is a common and popular procedure that is able to produce instant results and reduce the appearance of blemishes and fine lines. Machines such as the Viora Pristine Diamond Tip are among the world’s leading machines and widely available in Australia through Laseraid. Microdermabrasion is also a great additional product to include in ongoing facial rejuvenation treatment.