The popularity of laser treatment in the skincare industry is growing by the day, thanks to its versatility and quick results. The treatments usually last anywhere between 5 to 30 minutes depending on the area and what is being treated. Laser treatments are favorite among many because they have little to no downtime.
How do Lasers work?
The word laser stands for ‘Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It targets light energy on a specific area thus obliterating something specific like pigment in the skin without causing damage to the surrounding muscles. By doing this jump-starts the body’s healing process and stimulates nearby cells in the targeted region to produce more collagen and other new cells. This results in the skin looking much better and nicer than before.
Lasers are used to solve certain common skin problems such as;
- Birthmarks or Brown spots
- Acne scarring
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Broken blood vessels
Birthmarks or Brown spots
Birthmarks are treated using the Fractional non-ablative lasers and the traditional Q-Switched Ruby. They usually target excessive melanin which causes spots. The dramatic difference is seen just after the first treatment on the face. For the rest of the body, it takes about two to three treatments for the results to start becoming visible. This is because these areas scar easily and they cannot be treated aggressively.
The results are often permanent but touch-ups may be needed as the areas may darken due to sun exposure. The downtime is about a week as that’s the time the scabs form and fall off.
The Fractional ablative or the non-ablative resurfacing lasers are used to improve the appearance of acne scarring up to 75%. This depends on the depth of the scar and the number of sessions, usually, 5 sessions are needed for optimal results.
Sometimes for much better results, a traditional laser known as the Erbium or the CO2 is used. The downtime is usually of a few days.
Fine lines and Wrinkles
Traditional lasers such as the Erbium or the CO2 are used for dramatic results to treat the most stubborn wrinkles. The lasers work by heating the water in the skin till the surface skin is vaporized thus stimulating the production of new collagen. However, the price of the downtime is pretty high, and serious wound care is needed.
It is because of these reasons that laser surgeons recommend the fractional ablative lasers or the non-ablative lasers for fine lines and wrinkle treatment. This is because these lasers do not leave the skin raw. However, they need several sessions that are spaced about a month apart to achieve what traditional lasers achieve in one session.
Broken Blood Vessels
Lasers for vascular marks target and get rid of the hemoglobin in blood cells which destroys the blood cells. Smaller blood vessels and capillaries usually respond to one treatment. Other conditions such as larger veins, rosacea, and port-wine stains need several treatment sessions. Touch-ups are required yearly as the results are not permanent.
Laser tattoo removal is an efficient technique to get rid of tattoos. The type of lasers to be used depends on the color, depth and how old the tattoo is. For green and blue ink the PicoSure laser is used. For a 3 inch tattoo, a 15-minute session would be suitable.
Hence, lasers can do wonders for your skin problems. Always make sure to do your research on lasers before going in for a laser session. Consult with a doctor and let him decide which laser treatment is beneficial for you. At Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, we offer a wide range of laser treatments for your skin problems. You can book an appointment online to get a free consultation.