It is a new year and lots of people are taking this opportunity to make resolutions and find ways to improve their overall well being. It is also a good time to take inventory of what’s going on with your skin and think about a treatment plan to help reach your skin care goals. After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you might realize that your skin isn’t looking its best and you might notice a few more lines, wrinkles or brown spots that you swear weren’t there just a few months ago.
While there are tons of skincare options on the market, one of the best ways to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin is with a laser treatment. Lasers are one of the only treatments that celebs will openly admit to indulging in. All you need to do is spend a little time on Instagram and you will see celebrities such as the Kardashians, and the housewives of wherever undergoing a slew of treatments live and online and right at your fingertips.
From the “no downtime fast and simple” to “big gun, sandblast ablative” there’s a treatment for everyone and everything. Here are just some of what is available:
Skin Scrub Laser Facial
This is a multi-step treatment that incorporates dermaplaning (using a surgical blade to gently remove dead skin cells & peach fuzz hairs) along with a 1064 Yag laser & IPL/PhotoFacial.
Think of this treatment as a dirt vaporizing, debris zapping, pollutant removing, toxin eliminating cleaning that goes deep within the pores to reveal healthier, more radiant skin.
This is one of the “lunch time procedures that has absolutely no downtime” and can be repeated as often as every 3 weeks.
Some of the benefits of this treatment include:
-Vaporizing dirt & bacteria
-Improves dull complexion
-Reduces pore size
-Deep Cleans & detoxifies
-Decreases Oil Production
-Leaves skin soft & radiant
-Minimizes fine lines & improves skin texture
Price: $200 per treatment.
Clearlift combines the laser energy of the non-ablative Yag with the Pixel Q Switch 1064nm. This technology works by gently resurfacing the skin with virtually no pain and no downtime.
It helps reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines and improves overall skin tone. It is safe to use on all areas of the face, neck, chest and hands. ClearLift slowly remodels the skin in 4 to 6 treatments that are spaced every 3 to 4 weeks.
ClearLift technology targets the deeper subcutaneous tissue to stimulate growth of new collagen without effecting the epidermis (which equates to no downtime). That means all of the work is happening underneath, deep within the skin, without any side effects. What that means is NO PAIN & NO DOWNTIME.
This technology is highly favored by patients that are interested in improving their skin quality without discomfort or risks causes by surgery and needles.
ClearLift is a fast treatment and can be completed in as little as 30 minutes.
This is one of the “big gun treatments” that actually resurfaces the skin. Erbium is the treatment of choice for those who would like to achieve a dramatic improvement in as little as one treatment.
Erbium lasers, like carbon dioxide lasers, are powerful ablative lasers designed to remove the outer layers of skin using a burst of energy. Erbium laser resurfacing has advantages over other methods of resurfacing including less downtime, and more precision with the ability to target tiny areas. People who have had Erbium laser treatments recover twice as fast as those who have had CO2 laser treatments.
The Erbium laser is designed to treat a variety of skin condition by eliminating damaged cells on the surface of the skin (resurfacing), thus allowing new skin to form in its place. Therefore, problems like pigmentation, acne scars, stretch marks, fine and moderate wrinkles and brown spots can all be diminished with this treatment.
Specific treatment areas can be targeted and the intensity of the procedure can be modified from a light, medium or deep treatment depending on patient goals, skin condition and amount of downtime a patient can endure.
Downtime varies based on treatment area and intensity and is between 1-7 days on average.
ThermiSmooth is often lumped in with laser treatments, but it’s actually a radio- frequency, skin-tightening device, not a laser. It’s commonly used to treat around the eyes, jowls, forehead and cheeks.
ThermiSmooth is a no-downtime, pain-free way to target areas on the face and neck in order to smooth, tighten and lift.
ThermiSmooth uses controlled, non-invasive radiofrequency energy and heat to promote collagen growth in order to lift and tighten targeted areas.
Sometimes referred to as “Spanx” for the under-eye area. This is a great treatment choice if you want to target under-eye bags or sagging eyelids.
Price: $150-$350 per treatment
Spent too much time in the sun? IPL might be the treatment choice for you.
IPL also known as intense pulsed light therapy or PhotoFacial is a non-invasive treatment that uses intense pulses of bright light to penetrate deep into your problematic areas targeting sun spots, brown spots, freckles, rosacea, broken capillaries and superficial blood vessels in order to brighten, lighten and reveal a more even, youthful skin tone.
You can use IPL to minimize or remove:
-broken blood vessels on your face
Price: $125-$500 per treatment
Like many medical treatments, it’s often better to tackle an issue with more than one modality. Lasers are frequently used in combination with each other and with other therapies.
Confused about which treatment would be right for you? It is always best to schedule a comprehensive consultation with a medical provider in order to find out more information on these and other laser treatments.