Summer is not over yet, and obtaining a clean, smooth, and radiant glow is still possible. There are many facial treatments available, and finding the right one for you can be difficult. If your goal is to have glowing skin that looks perfectly smooth, then Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or laser treatments may be just what you need. There are many varieties of treatments, but intense pulsed light, C02 laser resurfacing, and Erbium laser resurfacing are all great options. Redness, rosacea, broken blood vessels, age spots, wrinkles, acne scars, and blemishes can all be improved with the pulse of a laser!
Intense Pulsed Light
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a treatment that can leave your skin looking glowing and fresh. It can assist in treating age spots, broken blood vessels, brown spots, redness, and rosacea. The light treatment creates strong light pulses that can clean the deep levels of the skin, removing bacteria and treating facial imperfections. IPL utilizes wavelengths of light that are used to treat the targeted areas on the face. The treatment can also be used on other areas of the body that may experience sun-induced changes, such as the hands, neck, and chest. The wavelengths that are used are specifically chosen for each individual’s skin and problem areas. The procedure is not invasive and anesthesia is not needed. The skin will be cleaned prior to being treated and a cooling gel will be placed on the area. The patient will be required to wear glasses to protect the eyes from the ultraviolet light that is produced by the laser. The handheld laser device is then applied to the various treatment areas of the skin in pulses. The treatment will produce a slight stinging sensation, and anesthetic cream can be used after treatment once the patient leaves the office. The appointment typically will last no more than one hour.
Typically multiple treatments are recommended (usually at least three), and these are spaced approximately one month apart. After the initial treatment process has occurred, the areas can be maintained by a once yearly treatment. The area that has been treated may be red for a few days, and in some patients bruising can occur. Brown spots can appear darker in color afterwards, but this will go away and the skin will peel off. Makeup can be used after the procedure and will not harm the healing process. The treated areas should not be exposed to the sun afterwards, and sunscreen should be used on a daily basis. It is important that the area that is being treated is not tan the day of the procedure. It is usually recommended to stop using cleansers and moisturizers after treatment for approximately one week. These products can be used after one week when the skin has had time to heal.
This intense pulsed light treatment will not treat acne scars or ice pic scars. Various other laser and resurfacing procedures can produce a better result for these issues. Typically, C02 laser resurfacing is recommended. Many times, men and women experience divots in the skin, which the intense pulsed light can also not treat. The divots and depressions can be filled and smoothed out with the use of dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane. These fillers will allow the skin to be smooth. In combination with each other, the IPL, resurfacing procedures, and dermal fillers can dramatically improve the appearance of the face and provide smooth, young, and fresh results.
More Laser Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing techniques are utilized to reduce wrinkles and other irregularities on the skin, such as acne scars and blemishes. The treatment is not recommended for stretch marks. Individuals who have very dark skin tones may not be the best candidates for laser resurfacing. The laser produces concentrated beams of light that remove the top layers of skin. Laser resurfacing procedures are often referred to as laser peels, vaporization, and lasabrasion.
CO2 and Erbium Lasers
The most common laser resurfacing techniques include CO2 and Erbium. These lasers can vaporize the skin cells that are located at the surface level. This can assist in treating wrinkles, scars, enlarged oil glands, and other skin issues. The CO2 laser delivers continuous light and removes the layers of skin with a minimal amount of damage. The recovery for CO2 treatments is approximately two weeks.
The Erbium laser can remove moderately deep wrinkles and lines that are located on the hands, neck, face, and chest. The laser is designed to create a minimal amount of burning in the treated areas. The recovery time is faster than the CO2 laser treatment and lasts approximately one week. Bruising, redness, and swelling can still occur.
If you are ready to get rid of blemishes on your face, hands, neck, and chest, the Masri Clinic can help you. Dr. Masri can help you decide which laser treatment is the best to fit your needs and skin type with a simple consultation. Call the Masri Clinic today at (866) 487-3223 to get started on your new look.