How does Laser Therapy work?

There are several types of laser therapy: Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Skin Tightening, and Lasers that target Blood Vessels.

Laser Skin Resurfacing is when a dermatologist directs a laser onto the skin, removing the top layer (epidermis) and outer cells of the second layer (dermis).

Laser Skin Tightening is when an infrared light laser penetrates beneath the skin, heating up collagen. Collagen then constricts, resulting in firmer-looking skin.

Lasers that target Blood Vessels can destroy blood vessels by targeting hemoglobin. Cosmetically, this reduces the appearance of blood vessels caused by chronic sun damage or rosacea.

All Laser Therapy treatments remove the outer layers of the skin to stimulate new cell growth and collagen production.

Who is Laser Therapy recommended for?

Laser therapy on the face is recommended for several conditions. Some common reasons people seek laser treatments are if they have skin concerns with:

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Age Spots & Sun Damage
  • Acne Scars
  • Redness and Blood Vessels
  • Uneven Skin Tone

What are the Optimal Results?

Optimal results post laser treatment include:

  • Improvement of fine lines around the eyes, mouth, and forehead.
  • Stimulation of collagen growth, making the skin appear smoother and tighter.
  • Reduced appearance of age spots and uneven skin tone caused by sun damage.
  • Treatment of mild to moderate acne scars.
  • Reduction of redness from conditions like rosacea or broken blood vessels.
  • Enhacement of skin texture & tone.

Considerations before Treatment

Before undergoing laser therapy for the face, consider the following guidelines:

  1. Clean Face: Arrive with a clean face and no makeup. This helps avoid delays during the appointment and minimizes irritation.
  2. Sun Protection: Stay out of the sun and apply sunscreen daily. Tanning increases the risk of side effects from laser treatments.
  3. Antiviral Medication: If you’re prone to cold sores, your provider may recommend antiviral medication before treatment to prevent outbreaks.
  4. Avoid Exfoliants: Stop using retinoids, acids, or exfoliating products a few days before treatment. These can make the skin more sensitive and susceptible to irritation during laser therapy.
  5. Blood Thinners: To prevent bruising, avoid aspirin, NSAIDs, or other blood-thinning medications if possible.

Importance of Cosmeceuticals in Laser Therapy Treatments

Cosmeceuticals play a crucial role in laser therapy treatments, especially in cosmetic dermatology.

Collagen Production Enhancement:

  • Laser therapy promotes collagen production, which helps maintain skin elasticity and reduces wrinkles and sagging.
  • Cosmeceuticals can complement this effect by providing additional nourishment to the skin.

Pre-Laser Preparation:

  • Optimizing topical regimes before laser treatment can reduce post-laser complications.
  • Discussing cosmeceutical products with patients pre-laser ensures better outcomes.

Post-Laser Maintenance:

  • Cosmeceuticals aid in skin recovery after laser procedures.
  • They help maintain skin health and address specific concerns like pigmentation and aging.

Evidence-Based Products:

  • Dermatologists recommend evidence-based cosmeceuticals to patients.
  • Ingredients like retinoids, antioxidants, and peptides are reviewed for their effectiveness.