There was a time in laser treatments seemed like sci-fi technology with most of the population accustomed to manual techniques and outdated tools. These days, laser skincare treatments are commonplace and can help manage hair growth and other skin concerns for both men and women. Today we are going to look beyond laser hair removal and look at laser skincare treatments, how it works and the many skin concerns that they can remedy. Whether you are new to laser treatments or consider yourself a first adopter there is always something to be cleaned from this fast-moving technology so read on to find out more.
What kind of laser skincare treatments are there?
It’s important to note that we cannot lump ‘laser’ all into one group. There are different types of laser, and more notably, different brands of laser skincare treatments. The most reputable name in the beauty industry is laser Genesis in Melbourne, which is available in participating beauty clinics. Laser Genesis has become the gold standard of light treatment and therapy, as it gently but effectively applies heat to the chosen area creating a youthful glow and over time, addressing skin concerns like ageing. Laser genesis is typically used through a facial and it can often be scheduled for events, like a wedding for example so that clients can harness some extra glow for a special day.
Another popular laser skincare treatment is laser resurfacing. As the name suggests, laser resurfacing is about evening out the skin texture and tone, typically addressing pigmentation. Over time and multiple treatments, the resurfacing can even reduce the viability of fine lines and other surface-level blemishes.
Are laser skincare treatments invasive?
Generally speaking, laser skincare treatments are not invasive at all. In fact, this is often an entry-level treatment that clients will explore when trying to address and correct skin concerns. In saying that, the laser will put your skin in a vulnerable position to the sun, and so users should be very diligent in covering skin from the sun. Where possible, cover the skin with clothing or put on a 50+ SPF sunscreen. The last thing you want to do is to put for a specialised laser treatment, only to subject your skin to harm and endure greater skin impact. Fractional lasers found in laser treatments were actually designed to reduce the downtime needed, so this is a great non-invasive skin treatment to consider.
Are there side effects to laser treatment?
Like any skin treatment, there are going to be clients who experience some reaction to laser treatment, although it will be minimal. Experiencing redness is one of the more common side effects, although this will subside quickly. If a rash or stinging feeling arises, then you may benefit from a follow-up consultation with your skin clinician. You should also be working with a skin clinic that does a thorough inspection of your skin before the treatment to assess whether you are the right candidate for laser. There may be a better treatment path for the small percentage of the population who have skin conditions that are not ideal for laser treatment.
In extreme cases, some clients have experienced damage to the capillaries and other surface-level scarring – although this is highly irregularly and not possible if a skin assessment is conducted prior.
Where areas of the body can you receive laser skincare treatments?
As we have seen with laser hair removal, all parts of the body can receive laser skincare treatments and respond well to that technology. When it comes to laser skincare treatments, you will typically find it is used on the face and neck most commonly. The forehead, neck and chin are prone to pigmentation and skin damage from the sun, so these areas are worth exploring. The laser skincare treatments are all about applying heat which stimulates collagen production, and so these treatments can essentially be used on every part of the body that might require tightening and resurfacing. Clients who are wishing to minimise the appearance of a scar may also use a laser, so it’s possible to book a treatment for scars on the legs, back and other parts of the body.
We hope you are feeling more educated and empowered to explore the many possibilities that come with laser skincare treatments. Be sure to discuss these treatments with a qualified skin clinician or your GP before you commence a cycle of treatment to ensure that your skin is ready to receive laser treatments.