Everyone should have a personal skincare plan. After all, the skin is the largest organ of the human body, and it is the only organ exposed to outside elements throughout our lives. Caring for it on a regular basis is essential for proper health, as well as to look our best. But sometimes basic skincare routines at home aren’t quite enough. When you are finding yourself in need of something more, laser procedures and similar therapies may be a good place to start.
Using Light as a Form of Skin Treatment
You have probably heard that the harsh light of the sun can be bad for your skin in large amounts. But what you might not realize is that some forms of light therapy can actually be good for your skin when they are performed by experts in clinical settings. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is one such example of a light therapy which has been successfully used to reduce wrinkles and combat other skin problems for years.
Lasers Are More Than Just Light Therapy
Of course, not all light therapy is the same. Some machines, such as clinical lasers, use both light and a specific amount of heat to treat the skin. The principle behind such procedures is that the combination of specific heat and light types and amounts will trigger internal healing through an increase in healthy collagen, elastin, and other materials that are like cellular building blocks working together to keep the skin healthy and taut. If you suffer from wrinkles or sagging skin then you can use such treatments to improve the quality of your skin over time.
Types of Laser Treatments Available for Skin Health
If you do choose to treat your skin with lasers then you have to make further decisions about how to proceed. You should begin by talking to a certified clinician to find out which type of laser procedure you need. The clinician will assess the condition of your skin, including the severity of any wrinkles, scars, blemishes, or other skin concerns you may have, the thickness of your skin, its color, and how oily it is. Based on the results, they can select a laser treatment that should work best for you.
Whatever clinician you pick will tell you all about your laser treatment options before you make your final decision and explain their suggestions to you. That might mean having ablative laser treatments, such as laser skin peels. It could also mean having less invasive treatments called non-ablative laser procedures, which only serve to encourage internal healing by treating deeper tissues. Although lasers are generally split into ablative and non-ablative categories, your clinician may also tell you about other laser options, such as Fraxel treatments that drill tiny columns through each layer of your skin. The options discussed will depend on exactly which skin concerns you have.
How Many Laser Procedures You Will Need
Depending on which laser procedure type you undergo, you may need to return for a varying number of treatments. Some treatments allow you to see marked improvements in your skin health almost right away. Others will take a series of appointments before the condition of your skin gets better. Your clinician will let you know how many treatments you should expect to need ahead of time.
Keep Caring for Your Skin After Treatment
Laser treatments can improve the health of your skin drastically, but those effects may only be temporary. Your skin can become saggy and damaged all over again if you don’t care for it properly. So, even if you choose to have laser treatment, you must still establish and stick to a healthy daily skincare plan. That is something that your clinician or dermatologist can help you to establish.