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How to Laser Treatments Really Work

Thanks to the continuous development of technology, laser treatments expands at amazing pace, working their magic well for your skin, to achieve the result that you love to have. You can practically use them for nearly every skin woes you have (with the doc’s permission, of course!). Read on to know the famous and frequently used lasers and how do they really work for your skin.

Laser is not only for severe-looking skin that requires prompt treatment and care. You can even have them for superficial stuff (though not less embarrassing) such as skin rejuvenation procedures like wrinkles and sagging skin, age spots, scars, pigmentations, obvious veins like varicose veins, hair removal, and even removing tattoos.

Your doctor will likely to recommend intense pulsed light (IPL), where it uses an intense pulsed that gives off short bursts of light to your skin. And the good thing about IPL is because of the wide range of light, the machine is able to target specific layers, areas, structures, and even pores of your skin, for specific purposes.

Fractional lasers (also known commonly as Fraxel) on the other hand, uses super tiny micro beams to create mini columns (the size, depth of penetration, space, and total energy used is controllable) known as mircothermal treatment zone (MTZ) to expelled old skin cells within epidermis and collagen that comes from underneath gets into epidermis and starts to remodel and create new collagen fibers.

The treatment is suitable for scars, acne (especially serious ones), wrinkles, stretch marks and various skin issues associated with photo aging.

Ablative lasers (these actually come from fractional lasers) target both surface and underneath it by ‘injuring’ to create a significant difference to your skin, as far as years of damages. Hence in a way, you can say that ablatives work well for serious skin issues like deep set wrinkles, skin tags, birthmarks – this usually done with CO2 lasers). And be prepared, the risks of these kind of lasers are noticeable bleeding, swelling and scabbing, and it certainly takes a lot of time to heal.

Non-ablatives lasers are the opposite of keeping the topmost layer of your skin in place, producing subtle results and you need multiple sessions if you want the effect to be noticeable (by others). The best thing coming from this procedure is the downtime is quite minimal and less hassle post-op.

Which lasers are the best? Well, the answer is no, actually. Simply because our skin is unique to one another, and it’s likely that your doctor may suggest few treatment options and perhaps combining them to get the results that you want. Your best bet is to ask for answers directly from the good doctor himself.

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