What’s a Laser Facial?
Can you laser-away the years? I want to talk to you about the use of lasers for wrinkles, fine lines and skin imperfections.
We all know what I mean when I say wrinkles and fine lines, but when I say skin imperfections, I mean the dark spots (due to hormones and sun damage): unwanted freckles, acne scars, large pores, broken capillaries, scars and even facial hair. The promotion of collagen growth, diminishes fine lines, wrinkles and gives the skin a fine glow.
There are many ways to get rid of these stubborn imperfections, but what is the most effective?
The fact is that it’s lasers. Lasers are most effective because of their controlled accuracy and strength in targeting deep layers below the skin’s surface. It’s like getting rid of your imperfections from the inside out, and there’s more of a predictable outcome as compared to chemical peels or microdermabrasion.
There are various laser machines with different names, but there are two types of laser facials, ablative and non-ablative.
What’s the difference between a lunchtime laser facial (nonablative) and a fractionated laser facial (ablative)?
Nonablative lasers. Nonablative lasers focus on heating up the deeper layers of the skin while leaving the surface untouched. It seems to be the most popular these days because it does not injure the skin’s surface. It targets the imperfections and brings them up to the surface to lessen or remove them. It also promotes the growth of collagen which diminishes fine lines and wrinkles and gives the skin a fine glow. The treatment is painless to most, has no downtime nor require special creams. Depending on your skin 3-5 treatments are recommended for best results. We are Fresh Start use nonablative lasers.
Ablative lasers. The traditional ablative laser functions to literally burn all the skin off the face, from the top down. In this way the skin is completely exfoliated, removing the blemishes and fine lines, in addition to heating the deeper layers of the skin, resulting in long-term tightening. The problems with these treatments are the painful recovery and the potential for color changes to the skin. The results from these treatments are very good in most cases, however, one must be fully aware of the downtime and painful recovery.
What’s the difference between a lunchtime laser facial (nonablative) and a photo facial?
They are very similiar, the laser facial uses a long-pulsed dye laser (LPDL) versus an intense pulsed light (IPL) for the photo facial. Both are lasers but the LPDL is stronger and goes deeper into the skin producing better long term results.
Independent studies have found that patients preferred the LPDL rejuvenation advantageous to IPL due to superior vessel clearance, less pain and fewer treatments required.
We at Fresh Start use a LPDL.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
The degree of improvement is gradual and persistent over a three to five treatment protocol. The results of laser facials persist months after the last procedure, due to the prolonged collagen production.
$400 – For optimum results a series of 3-5 treatments is recommended. Package of 5 for $1800