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5 Things To Know About Cosmetic Laser Treatments

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We call many things lasers, so it’s not unusual to have a few questions about the laser used in cosmetic treatments, and even within the world of cosmetic procedures, there are a number of ways that lasers are used to help with beauty and wellness. Let’s go through some interesting and useful facts about laser treatments.

Cosmetic Laser Treatments

Lasers are versatile

They can be used to help with the following issues:

  • Prominent veins
  • Hair removal
  • Photorejuvenation
  • Pigmentation
  • Skin tightening
  • Tattoo removal

All laser treatments operate on more or less the same principle, except they use light of different wavelengths to accomplish a variety of tasks. The light is filtered at the source to produce the desired wavelength, which is pointed at the targeted area and positioned closely to the skin.

Ablative vs Non-Ablative

Ablative lasers remove layers of skin in order to reach the targeted tissue, whereas non-ablative simply travel past the upper layers to reach deep under the surface. Ablative procedures usually leave an exposed area that requires a short period of healing, whereas the alternative is much gentler.

What about scarring?

Compared to most other cosmetic procedures, scarring is minimal because light doesn’t manually manipulate your skin with incisions, chemicals, or exfoliation. There are precautions you can take in order to prevent pigmentation and other potential side effects, but laser is one of the least invasive procedures available.

Is it painful?

Laser treatments are designed to be used on people with a variety of pain tolerance levels. For some people, the laser will be barely noticeable while others might feel a sensation that’s best described as an elastic band on the skin. In addition, treatment sessions can be shortened into manageable periods.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

It works using high-intensity laser therapy, which has a number of therapeutic effects, such as:

  • Boosting metabolism and triggering increased tissue repair
  • Avoiding swelling, inflammation, and pain by triggering photochemical effects
  • Stimulating circulation by increasing warming the lower levels of skin

High-intensity is different from cold or low-intensity laser because it’s a bit more involved, but by choosing a more aggressive treatment, you can reduce the number of treatment sessions. There are also treatments which disperse the laser into multiple small beams instead of one focussed beam.

Laser treatments are powerful and effective, which is why we offer a number of them from our office. Call today to learn more about our services.

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  1. Awesome article! I’ve been considering getting an old tattoo removed for a while but have been unsure about the pain threshold and the scarring that could result. Thanks for sharing!!

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