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What You Need to Know about Laser Skin Therapy

Thanks to its remarkable effectiveness in non-invasively addressing a wide range of skin concerns, laser skin therapy has gained significant popularity for those seeking lasting youthful skin.

Benefits of Laser Skin Therapy 

Everyone wants skin that’s smooth and clear. Skincare professionals recommend laser skin therapy as one of the easiest ways to achieve such flawless skin.

Whether you want to…

  • Ward off wrinkles 
  • Fight acne scars
  • Correct hyperpigmentation or uneven skin texture 

…laser skin therapy provides non-invasive solutions to restore your skin and renew your confidence.

Common Laser Skin Therapy Procedures 

Laser skin therapy focuses beams of light to target specific skin concerns. It stimulates collagen production and promotes cell renewal, creating radiant and rejuvenated skin with a healthy youthful glow. Some common treatments include:

  • IPL (Intense Pulse Light) Treatment: This treatment’s pulsating lights are used to get rid of sunspots, age spots, and freckles. It can also be an effective treatment for dermatological conditions such as acne or rosacea.
  • Near-infrared (NIR) Nd: YAG laser stimulates collagen regrowth to effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tightens pores, reduces oil production, improves overall tone and texture on the skin, gets rid of sun damage and helps to diminish any redness on the skin.
  • Pulsed-Dye Laser Treatment: This heats up the skin, and is an effective treatment for various conditions including hemangiomas, broken capillaries, rosacea, and spider veins.
  • Fractional Laser Treatment: This requires a shorter recovery time than other laser therapy treatments available. It’s effective for treating acne scars, lines, and wrinkles.
  • Erbium Laser Treatment: Erbium lasers, like IPL treatment, target both age spots and freckles. This is considered a non-invasive treatment for minor to moderately-deep lines and wrinkles appearing on the face, hands, neck, or chest.

Preparing for Laser Skin Therapy

It’s vital to consult with a qualified dermatologist or cosmetic professional before receiving treatment. They’ll assess your skin, discuss what you hope to achieve, and recommend the most suitable laser therapy options. Treatments are generally safe but any risk or potential side effect will also be discussed. This consultation will help you manage your expectations and understand what a realistic outcome will likely be. 

The Laser Skin Therapy Process 

The process of preparing for your first laser skin therapy session may start as much as six weeks prior to your first treatment session. During that time, you may be asked to stop taking certain medications such as blood thinners and certain antibiotics. You may also be asked to use recommended skin care products to prepare your skin for the treatment. If you suffer from cold sores, you may want to start taking antiviral medications to stop any potential outbreak. You should also stop smoking at least 2 weeks before your first treatment session as it can slow down your healing time.

Everyone’s goals and expectations are unique. Depending on the area you’re having treated and the type of laser treatment you’re receiving, you may need anywhere from one to six laser skin therapy sessions. Sessions will last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. 

Many people wonder how painful the process is. That depends on which type of treatment you’re undergoing. If your session only uses non-ablative laser treatments, any discomfort will be minimal. Treatment with an ablative laser may cause you to feel a higher degree of pain. In any event, you will likely be given some form of a local anesthetic. If the entire face or a large area of the body is being treated you may receive a general anesthetic instead. 

Post-Treatment Care and Recovery 

At the end of your session treatment site(s) will be wrapped in sterile non-stick bandages to prevent infection. In the days following your procedure, you’ll need to clean those areas two to five times a day according to the instructions you are given. If you experience any redness swelling or bruising, use a cold compress to reduce inflammation and pain. Also avoid direct sunlight, hot showers, and strenuous activities.

Possible Risks and Side Effects

While laser skin therapy is generally safe, some people may experience temporary redness, swelling, and mild discomfort. In rare cases, there’s a risk of skin burns, changes in skin pigmentation, or scarring. It’s important to consult with a skincare professional or a dermatologist to address your specific concerns and determine if laser skin therapy is the best option for you. 

Laser Skin Therapy: a Sought-After Solution

If you’re looking to fight signs of aging, treat acne scars, or diminish hyperpigmentation, laser skin therapy stimulates collagen and promotes skin rejuvenation, helping you achieve the flawless and youthful appearance you deserve.

At Sylvana, we have multiple types of skin laser therapy available. For more information Contact us today!