Cosmetic Lasers 101: Types and Uses

Not all lasers are created equally, and you should have an idea about the different styles and effects before opting for any laser treatment. Keep in mind that your body’s reaction to lasers will vary from that of other users! Nobody is “typical”.

Non-ablative lasers work without removing or otherwise harming the top layers of skin, whereas ablative lasers evaporate the top layers of injured skin. As a result, no significant patient downtime relates to cosmetic operations that use only non-ablative laser technology.

Lasers can help repair fine wrinkles, discoloration, acne scars, big pores, damaged blood vessels, and age spots. Using heat, Lasers promote fibroblasts, which are progenitors to new collagen in the skin. More collagen equals firmer, younger-looking skin by plumping up the treated skin.

How Lasers Work

Lasers emit just one wavelength, implying they only release one light color. When explaining how lasers function, that’s as broad as it gets. It is a focused, one-wavelength beam of light that employs light frequency to generate heat. Because lasers can aim so much heat precisely onto a single location, they may be used to demolish and burn away undesirable conditions. The area you wish to treat with a laser must have a specific color tone. The laser will not be as effective if this is not done. As a result, it is ideal for treating various dark spots and hair removal.

Different Laser Types for Different Cosmetic Applications

• Hair Removal: This is not always successful since laser hair removal targets and burns hair follicles. As a result, it works best on those with a pale complexion and dark hair. Removing blond and white hair with less pigment is likely to be more difficult or unsuccessful. The success and safety of laser hair removal greatly rely on the pigment present in both the patient’s skin and hair.

• Tattoo Removal: Most tattoo removal specialists believe laser removal is the most effective and cost-efficient method. To remove your tattoo, you will need to undergo a series of laser treatments over several weeks or more. Lasers do not always fully erase tattoos. Instead, they soften or fade it such that it is barely apparent.

• Fine Lines and Wrinkles: A combination of skin resurfacing, and skin tightening treatments can be utilized to address lines and wrinkles, or both can be performed with a more intense ablative laser. Wrinkles can be removed using laser skin resurfacing procedures. Laser treatments can minimize the look of deep wrinkles, smooth out moderate wrinkles, and remove light wrinkles.

• Skin Tightening: Because they induce controlled damage to the skin, most cosmetic laser treatments give at least some amount of superficial tightening. Laser resurfacing can tighten skin, and it is typically more effective than other skin-tightening procedures. It reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and dark patches on the skin, such as age spots.

• Scar Removal: Ninety-five percent of acne scars have some form of discoloration. Laser therapy for acne scars concentrates light on the top layers of your skin. At the same time, the therapy stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells to replace scar tissue.

• Vascular Lesions: Your doctor may recommend low-level laser therapy for skin lesions. In this instance, laser therapy will increase healthy cells, which will be used to treat your lesions. The procedure also improves healing by boosting collagen formation, which can help to avoid scarring.