Turn back the clock with anti-aging laser treatment
The effects of aging, exposure to environmental pollutants and exposure to sun can destroy the skin's collagen that keeps skin firm and wrinkle-free. Anti-aging laser therapy, also known as intense pulse light, can help tighten and brighten skin, giving lasting results not available with injectable fillers.
Anti-aging lasers are able to permeate the upper skin layers to affect change deeper within. Anti-aging lasers destroy target cells without harming healthy surrounding cells.
Anti-aging lasers can correct a wide range of issues, including age spots, moles and enlarged pores. Anti-aging lasers also can be effective for rosacea, spider veins and red spots.
Here are the primary anti-aging laser options available:
CO2 fractional laser therapy:
This anti-aging laser skin-resurfacing treatment reduces the side effects of traditional carbon dioxide lasers by coupling it with a new application technique. This two-session anti-aging laser treatment reduces the complication rate and healing time to about four days. Using tiny beams of light to poke miniscule holes in the skin, this anti-aging laser option stimulates the body's natural production of collagen. Effects are expected to last up to 10 years. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing does this in a way that prevents damage to the top layer of skin, offering maximum results with minimal recovery time.
According to the National Institutes of Health, this type of anti-aging laser targets microscopic treatment zones, destroying the dermis and epidermis. However, the area heals relatively quickly with few side effects. The body's wound-healing response allows the area to be covered with a new layer of healthy skin cells within seven days. However, the NIH reports complications may include temporary outbreaks of acne.
Anti-aging laser resurfacing often is used in combination with liposuction to remove excess fat in the jaw and chin areas. The anti-aging laser treatment helps the wrinkled skin that's left after the liposuction tighten and smooth out.
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, however, warns anti-aging laser treatment may be less effective for those with darker complexions, who risk loss of pigmentation with any anti-aging laser treatment. Those who seek anti-aging laser treatments also must avoid taking antibiotics and tanning.