What are the advantages of laser skin rejuvenation?
Laser skin rejuvenation is rapidly becoming a very popular aesthetic procedure for reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and reduces pigmentation. It is increasing in popularity because it is less invasive than other rejuvenating procedures, , it produces plumper skin, and it can be used on any area of the body. Added benefits of laser skin rejuvenation are the reduced risk of side effects and the lack of downtime following treatment.
What is the difference between laser skin rejuvenation and laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin rejuvenation often produces less immediate and dramatic changes than laser skin resurfacing, but it also poses far fewer risks, discomfort, and downtime for patients. During laser skin rejuvenation, a laser is used to stimulate the collagen under the surface of the skin, causing the collagen to expand and the skin to appear tighter.
Laser skin resurfacing uses lasers to remove the outer layers of skin to promote the growth of new, healthier skin. Because laser skin resurfacing actually removes the top layers of skin, it can be used to treat a broader range of cosmetic issues than laser skin rejuvenation, such as wrinkles, age or sun spots, acne marks, and other facial scarring. The risk of unfavourable changes in pigmentation and scarring is stronger with laser skin resurfacing than with skin rejuvenation.
What does laser skin rejuvenation treatment feel like?
During treatment, your laser practitioner will use a small hand piece to apply quick pulses of Q swithed laser energy on to your skin. Patients may feel a gradual warming/tingeling sensation in the treatment area, and could feel a sensation which is often described as hot water sprinkling on the skin. Most patients comment that the discomfort they feel during laser skin rejuvenation is minimal, and it is usually resolved within a few minutes of the procedure’s completion.
When will I see results?
Most patients notice changes in the tone and condition of their skin immediately following a skin rejuvenation treatment. However, because the procedure is designed to stimulate the natural growth of collagen, the patient’s optimal results may take up to a few months to be visible. Typically, new collagen growth takes from 90 to 180 days after the initial treatment, at which time patients enjoy a dramatically rejuvenated appearance.
Are multiple treatments necessary?
While patients see noticeable decreases in skin laxity after their first session, most skin rejuvenation experts recommend up to eight to twelve treatments, depending on the patient’s desired results and the area to be treated. Treatments are generally spaced roughly 2 weeks apart. After the initial series of treatments, some patients opt for quarterly “touch up” sessions to target areas most prone to wrinkles and lines.
Is laser skin rejuvenation safe?
Yes. Laser skin rejuvenation is a safe and painless way to rejuvenate the appearance of skin in any area of the body. Unlike other treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing, this treatment does not burn or break the skin. Patients who undergo skin rejuvenation experience very few side effects and these are most often minor inconveniences in the form of redness or minimal and temporary swelling.
What are the side effects associated with laser skin rejuvenation?
The normal side effects of this procedure may include redness, swelling or folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicles) should subside within a couple of days. In rare cases, patients experience experience changes in pigmentation of treated areas. Again, these side effects are very rare. The average patient can expect only moderate redness and possible swelling during recovery, and will be able to resume his or her lifestyle immediately.
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