Wow, for someone who wants to get a laser treatment, it’s surely a big step. Cosmetic laser treatment is not something that can be done as frequently as a scrub or night cream routine would and their potency is truly, big. And before you jump on the laser bandwagon, read this piece first and get yourself savvy with the essentials in these big guns.
Getting straight to the point, there are two main types of laser treatment for cosmetic use – ablative lasers (works by vaporizing the topmost layer of your skin) or non-ablative that penetrates into your skin without breaking the surface layer (you can imagine how fine that laser beam can be). These two types can be broken down further into more sub-types, each area specially made for certain skin conditions.
To clarify things further, these lasers are not really ‘real’ lasers, but rather than light-based treatments as the work in a similar way like a laser would.
Generally speaking, the lasers work within a specific wavelength into the targeted area of your skin, which are produced by certain medium (say, carbon dioxide or salt).
For example, Fraxel lasers (we heard Kim K get these lasers for her complexion) is te main and well-known laser treatment, a gold standard and specially made for improving skin texture, minimizing pore size, correcting wrinkles, as well as pigmentations. Fraxel can work at different wavelength, depending on the condition you have. Keep in mind though, after the treatment, you need to stay out of the sun for a few days to give your skin to recuperate.
The effect is cumulative; hence you need a few more follow up of Fraxels for a complete and best result. But not to worry, once the effect wears off, the changes are quite subtle.
Thermage laser treatment seems a good choice if you want to firm up the skin as the effect can last up to three years with a single treatment. Side effects and down time are minimal and compared to their long-lasting effect, I’m sure it’s worth the wait.
Vbeam, on the other hand, is an example of non-ablative pulsed laser specially made to treat broken/dilated blood vessels, redness of your skin, scars, sun damage, bruises and rosacea. While side effect is quite temporary (in fact, Vbeam is considered to be one of the safest lasers out there), ironically, bruising of the affected area is possible, even if you want to treat the existed bruises on the first place.
And the good thing from using Vbeam is the possibility of combining with other beauty treatments (like Botox) is possible.
Now that you have this info, I’m sure you can make an informed decision in selecting the right laser treatment for your skin – your doctor will be most pleased that you’ve done some homework for it.