Everyone’s talking about it. Finally, a way to look ten years younger without having surgery. Laser Skin Treatment as they call it. What’s That? Sounds good! If you go on the internet, you’ll find so many different types of lasers available. So many questions arise about which is the best laser for me? How long do results last? How many sessions do I need? How much it costs? Etc. It can be endless and a bit frustrating. But don’t give up. Laser skin treatment is a remarkable technological advancement in anti-aging skincare. It can make a big difference in the way you look now and especially in the way you will look and age in the future.
In today’s post, I’m only going to talk about a common question that comes up frequently:
How many Laser Skin Treatments do I need to look 10 years younger?
Let’s start by saying that laser skin rejuvenation has two purposes. The first purpose is obvious; to correct existing skin conditions and damage, so your skin looks and feels younger instantly. Lasers reduce fine lines and wrinkles and create a smoother, brighter complexion. Lasers also fade nasty pigmentation that results from spending too many hours out in the sun, eradicate broken capillaries, and smoothen out old acne scars. , and of course, tighter and tone skin is a quick sum-up of what you can expect. Second, lasers have a longer-term use case. In addition to your home skincare regimen (i.e., moisturizer, serums, toners, exfoliation, and sunscreen), they should also be a part of your anti-aging, skin care management regimen. You see, studies show that if you start laser treatment earlier and continue it regularly, you’ll most likely look younger, longer.
The constant stimulation of the body’s inflammatory and healing mechanisms in your skin promotes healthy, youthful new skin growth.
How many treatments should you have? This depends on three things: The type of laser you choose to treat your skin, your skin issues, and, of course, your budget.
So, let’s start with the type of laser.
Ablative Vs. Non-Ablative?
Lasers come with a bunch of different marketing names nowadays, and in spite of some amazing technology behind them, most of them kind of do the same thing – in the end. See above
The biggest difference between lasers is whether they are ‘ablative’ or a ‘non-ablative’ in nature. Nowadays, the ablative laser’s function is to remove a fractionated part of the damaged surface skin layer. This is similar to a chemical peel. Your old (outer)skin layer peels right off, and the healing involves a full regrowth and regeneration – exposing the deep, untouched, ‘baby-smooth’ layers. Besides, the heat from the laser instantly tightens the skin and stimulates the production of natural, new collagen and elastin – making your skin shine and appear more youthful. For example, up until just a few years ago, CO2 lasers were most commonly used, and they removed the entire outer layer of the epidermal skin. The problem was that the healing time was long and you had to go into hiding for a while until your skin healed up. This could take a few months. A real bummer for anyone who had a life. Fortunately, nowadays, technology has advanced a bit, and recovery times have been reduced to just a few days to a week. Yes, you will be a bit red and swollen for this time, but in my opinion very reasonable tradeoff for the great results. And now, with these shorter recovery times, everyone can do it.
In contrast, non-ablative lasers don’t involve any tissue destruction or ablation. That is to say; there is no skin peeling involved. They heat the deeper layers to contract the already existing collagen while at the same time stimulating the production of new collagen at that same level. Results are immediate (tightening contraction) and longer-term. Ie. New collagen growth is a gradual process that thickens and plumps up the skin over several months following the session. In most cases, there’s no downtime to perhaps (maximum) 1-2 days of mild redness or swelling.
The best laser for you depends on the issues you need to treat — i.e., tightening vs. pigmentation. Keep in mind, however, that the treatment session may involve a bit more discomfort and your healing times are generally longer than the non-ablative treatments.
So, when heading out to speak with your dermatologists, make sure you ask them about whether an ablative or non-ablative treatment better suits your immediate and longer-term skincare needs.
What Skin Issues Do You Have?
Each of us has different skin and different issues. It might be that you have lots of fine lines and wrinkles on your face and around the mouth. You may have old acne scars, brown pigmentation blemishes, red patches, visible veins, broken capillaries, loose skin, etc. So you need to realize that no matter which laser you choose, ‘ablative’ or ‘non-ablative’, choose it together with your doctor. But, make sure you do your homework beforehand. This will undoubtedly help you to put together a great skincare regimen.
What’s Your Budget?
No matter how you slice it (ablative or non-ablative), it’s going to cost you. Like everything else in the tech world, it’s continually developing, and when it’s new, it’s not cheap. So choosing to have laser skin rejuvenation treatment means planning your budget carefully.
As a general rule, the ‘ablative’ treatments will initially cost more, but you need fewer sessions. The ‘non-ablative’ treatments will initially cost you less, but over time, with multiple treatment sessions, it will end up costing the same. So you decide how you want to get started.
People who continually have laser treatments every year or so show the effects of aging on their skin less than those who do nothing. This has been demonstrated in a few skincare studies already and stressed by our Medi Tours Hungary dermatologists. It’s essential to repeat treatments every one or two years to keep your skin looking and feeling younger, longer. Don’t think that just because you had one, that’s all.
Start with your consultation at home and do your research. You may decide to try a few different things to see what works best for you best.
Is it worth it?
Let me know what you think? Have you had laser treatment already? what were the results? And what would tips would you give to someone looking to get started?
Please send me an email and let me know your thoughts.
And, finally, if you’re hearing about this for the first time and interested in laser skin treatment, we have a free ebook that you can download here, ‘6 great reasons to why you should consider skin rejuvenation treatment‘.
Until the next post,
Dr. Randy Simor
Dr. Randy Simor discusses what you should know about lasers.
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