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.


Hot Vs. Cold Body Sculpting: Everything You Need to Know

Body sculpting is more than a fad. Yes, it’s trendy, but only because more people are hearing about it and giving it a try. Part of the attraction is that hot and cool sculpting is perfect for those who may do their best and live a healthy lifestyle but still have stubborn areas where our bodies seem to store excess fat, which means most of us. Some of us store a little winter weight in our midsection, our thighs, or our backsides. And while that too might be trendy right now, it’s not for everyone. Neither is body sculpting, but it sure is effective.

Hot Sculpting destroys fat cells with heat from a laser, while Cool Sculpting kills fat cells by freezing them.

Don’t worry; the temperature fluctuations aren’t severe enough to harm other types of cells. Cool and warm sculpting procedures are FDA approved and entail no needles, anesthetic, or recovery time. Both can treat the same regions, and the fat cells are eliminated permanently as our lymphatic system disposes of the damaged fat cells. You’ll get your ultimate results in around three months using either method.

What is Hot Sculpting?

Hot Sculpting is a fat-reduction technique that uses laser light to heat and destroy fat cells. Each session of Hot Sculpting lasts about 25 minutes. The majority of patients find the treatment to be mostly painless. However, some complain that the hot sensation is unpleasant and causes them to sweat. After the procedure, the hot sculpting tool is removed from the treatment area, and the skin may seem red and feel warm. Patients can resume their everyday routines. Dead fat cells are gradually eliminated from the body over the next several weeks via natural detoxification processes.

What is Cool Sculpting?

Cool Sculpting is a treatment that uses hand-held suction equipment to draw fat from beneath the skin into a vacuum device. This technique focuses on tiny regions of the body to freeze persistent excess fat. The frozen fat deposits are sometimes referred to as “ice crystals.” The body normally excretes ice crystals as part of its regular activities.

The Cool Sculpting technique involves a lot of tugging and squeezing. This is due to the suction and sucking of the fat cells under the skin. Cool Sculpting might be unpleasant for people with sensitive skin or more extensive fat tissue.

Which Procedure is Best for Me?

Although hot and cool sculpting is similar, there are some critical differences to be aware of. The primary drawbacks of Cool Sculpting include uncomfortable pulling, tugging, and numbness during treatment.

Both therapies are easy to do, and they efficiently destroy excess fat. And both therapies have been approved by the FDA and are considered far safer than intrusive surgeries. And while Warm Sculpting has become the treatment of choice for individuals wishing to avoid lasers, Cool Sculpting offers the same benefits without the high-tech involvement.