Getting to Know Anti-Aging Techniques

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Hi everyone, todays post is all about skincare and lasers – exciting!

In this day and age, everyone wants to look younger and healthier. The methods we use can be very mild to highly extreme, depending on just how far we are willing to go. I personally am rather lazy with my skincare but I need to step it up a notch! 

Many people start with the milder treatments at home, choosing to make skin care a daily regimen (that they try to stick to *cough*).  That usually means a routine of giving the skin a good exfoliation followed by moisturisers and protecting the skin from overexposure to the sun, which is extremely important and something many people forget to do.

For others, mild skin care is just not enough.  Wrinkles or sags or tired looking skin may need more proactive methods like a laser treatment.  In that case, you need to find a cosmetic clinic to handle your issues.  Since they generally use lasers, get to know what each type of cosmetic laser does before heading to the clinic.

Types of Cosmetic Lasers

There are two main categories of lasers – ablative and non-ablative.  While both are effective for specific purposes, they produce differing results and have different side effects.

An ablative laser works on the surface of the skin, which damages or removes the outer layer of skin.  It takes longer to heal, but produces more drastic results that last longer.

A non-ablative laser works beneath the skin’s surface to cause micro-damage to the deeper layer of skin.  It leaves the surface skin intact which means less, if any, downtime.  The results are not as intense as those of an ablative laser and don’t last as long.

Styles of Laser Treatments

There are numerous subcategories of cosmetic lasers, which may be ablative or non-ablative, depending on the laser.  Some subcategories of lasers are CO2, yag, fractional, erbium, and pulse-dyed lasers.  For each subcategory of laser, they are broken down even further with each variation and brand. 

Understand that while the lasers may be very similar, the variation can make them completely different.  Take fractional lasers as an example.  The fractional laser varies in style and brand.  Depending which kind is used, it can be either ablative or non-ablative.

Choosing Between Laser Treatments

Which of these lasers is the right one for you?  That all depends on your personal preferences and needs.  If you want to be back on your feet and back to your normal routine right away, a non-ablative laser procedure will suit you better.  However, if you have deep wrinkling or heavy sagging, an ablative procedure will be far more effective.

Some other things to consider are the side effects and risks.  Non-ablative lasers have a lesser degree of risk and usually a minimal recovery time.  Ablative laser procedures have more risks as the skin’s surface is removed, putting you at higher risk of infections.  The skin may swell and be red for a while afterwards, even days later.  Carefully consider the risks and whether it’s worth it to make your skin look younger.

The Right Laser Treatment

If you are looking to get a laser treatment, start by talking to your doctor about it.  Your physician can provide more information and recommend the right treatment for your anti-aging issue.  Then look at the cosmetic clinics or spas closest to you.  Compare prices, check out their reputation, and make the decision according to what works best for you.  The right laser treatment for you is the one you feel most comfortable with.

Pretty interesting, right? Would you ever try a laser on your skin? I’d give it a go!

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  1. Natasha Kendall
    July 28, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    I really want laser in the future, it’s the quickest way to remove stretch marks and signs of aging! Roll on me as a 35 year old.. Haha.

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