We all yearn for smooth and glassy skin, but most of us end up with dull and dry skin. The culprit is the presence of dead skin cells. Laser treatment is the most effective solution to remove these dead skin cells and attain perfect skin.
The introduction of the scientific marvel – ‘laser’ for cosmetic treatment has paved the way for a myriad of effective solutions. Skin problems like acne, fine line, loose skin, scarring, sunspots, and wrinkles can be treated with lasers easily.
What is Laser Treatment?
Laser treatment is also known as laser skin resurfacing. In this, the skin is slowly removed layer by layer using heat generated from the lasers. New skin cells are formed during healing which gives you a younger and smoother look. This procedure can be performed standalone or can be done along with other cosmetic procedures.
There are two types of laser treatments, viz. ablative and non-ablative. Ablative laser treatments remove the outer layer, the epidermis of the skin. On the other hand, non-ablative lasers don’t remove any skin layer but work by heating up the underlying dermal layer.
Here are the different types of lasers used for these two types of laser treatments –
- Erbium Laser
This is predominantly used in ablative laser treatment but can even be considered for non-ablative laser treatments. The erbium laser promotes the remodeling of collagen; hence it is a top pick for treatments like skin laxity, fine lines, age spots, and wrinkles.
- Fractional Laser
These lasers bridge the gap between ablative and non-ablative laser treatments. In this, the laser energy is broken down into thousands of microscopic treatment zones targetting a fraction of the skin, hence the name. It can work on both the epidermis and dermis. It can cause collagen remodeling and new collagen formation, thus improving the skin. As it targets precisely the affected skin leaving the surrounding healthy skin unaffected, the downtime and healing process is much faster. It is quite effective in treating acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, photodamaged skin, and age-related blemishes. Fractional Carbon dioxide and Erbium lasers are the commonly used ones.
- Carbon Dioxide Laser
Carbon dioxide lasers are used as both ablative and fractional laser treatments. They are one of the most commonly used lasers for cosmetic treatments and are the first choice to treat keloids, hypertrophic scars, acne scars, warts, deep skin flaws, wrinkles, and stretch marks.
- Pulsed Dye Lasers
These are special lasers that target the blood vessels of the skin. They are used to treat vascular conditions like port wine stains, hemangiomas, telangiectasia rosacea, and pigmentary conditions like melasma.
Who needs Laser Treatment?
Laser treatment is an ideal option if you have –
Is Laser Treatment painful?
The intensity of the pain depends on the depth of the ablation, skin where the treatment is performed, type of laser used, and the pain tolerance of the individual. Many of our patients claim that this pain is quite similar to the one caused due to the snapping of rubber bands.
If an individual is undergoing a deep ablation that removes a part of the outer layer of the skin, we use a local anesthetic or intravenous sedation to nullify the pain and keep them comfortable.
Few non-ablative laser treatments would have little to no pain, but we still use a topical numbing cream to eliminate even the minutest discomfort to the patient.
What to expect after the treatment?
Being an outpatient procedure, you are not required to stay back after the treatment. There can be swelling, redness, and crusting in the treated area, but this is quite common and goes off in one or two days after non-ablative lasers and five to seven days after ablative lasers. You will be prescribed antibiotics and antiinflammatory creams during this time. Strict sun protection is required during this time. Use gentle cleansers and good moisturizers till the skin heals completely.
Frequently Asked Questions
With our vast experience in treating hundreds of patients, you can eliminate or reduce most of the risks associated with laser treatments. However, like any other cosmetic treatments, laser treatments also have a few rare minor side effects such as –
Here are few ways to minimize the risks –
- Explain your medical history in detail to us. Based on your history, we will prescribe antiviral medications or take other precautionary measures.
- Don’t use acne medication like isotretinoin as it might lead to scars.
- It is recommended to quit smoking at least two weeks before the treatment. Also, smoking after the treatment can cause negative side effects.
- Strict use of sunscreens and moisturizers are required in between the sessions.
Visit a doctor who has a lot of experience handling laser treatments. Dr. Renu offers the best laser treatment in Bengaluru and can be a good choice if you are in Bengaluru.
Keep your schedule clear for the next three to ten days after the laser treatment. Avoid going to areas that attract germs, such as the gym, for a couple of days.
If you are someone who has excessive sagging skin and active acne breakout, then a laser treatment might not be suitable for you.
You can visit Dr. Renu’s clinic located at HSR layout. Dr. Renu offers the best laser treatment in HSR layout and has over ten years of experience in it.
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