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How Laser Treatments Combat Wrinkles

Laser skin therapy is a noninvasive and nontoxic way to reduce wrinkles and scars. It uses light energy to regenerate and repair skin cells. It helps to tighten the skin, even out the coloring, and remove lesions. The light beams remove the top skin layer, promoting the growth of new collagen fibers. The treatment boosts recovery of the affected tissues.

Getting Laser Skin Treatment

Dermatologists review the patient's medical history and examine their condition to determine if they are good candidates for laser treatment. The laser directs concentrated beams of light toward the treatment area.

The short pulsating light beams help to remove the skin surface precisely by vaporizing it layer by layer. Removing the epidermis (outer layer) and heating the dermis (underlying layer) stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers. Laser skin resurfacing results in new, smoother, and firmer skin.

Laser Treatment to Combat Wrinkles

Laser resurfacing is an outpatient treatment that involves the use of low-level lasers. The procedure can help to treat wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, or forehead. Specialists apply the light to the area with the wrinkled skin.

The skin mitochondria absorb the laser light, which causes an increase in adenosine triphosphate levels. It leads to increased healthy cell production. The treatment process promotes healing through increased collagen production and cell growth. The laser light transmits photons deep into the skin, effectively combating wrinkles.

Benefits of Laser Treatment

Laser treatment can help to treat a wide range of skin conditions. The doctor will help you determine the best laser technique for your condition. Benefits of the light treatment are as follows:

  • It reduces the need for medication.
  • There is an improved healing response.
  • It helps to boost the immune response.
  • It promotes collagen production.
  • It boosts blood circulation to the area.
  • It improves lymphatic drainage, resulting in reduced swelling.
  • It results in reduced inflammation.

Laser treatment improves the outcome for most skin conditions. It may take several days or weeks to experience optimal results after treatment.

After Laser Skin Treatment

Most people experience immediate results after laser treatment. The skin may appear red or pink for several weeks after treatment, depending on the technique. You may experience a stinging sensation in the treated area immediately after treatment.

Applying a moist cloth or cool pack can help to soothe the area. Avoid application of lotion or makeup until the stinging or redness subsides. Mild swelling in the treatment area should subside within one or two days.

Results of Laser Skin Treatment

The skin continues to improve for several months, and the results can last several years. Most people enjoy long-term results, but natural aging eventually leads to new wrinkles. The laser treatment can be repeated to combat new wrinkles.

To maintain the results, you must apply sunscreen every day. Limit your sun exposure after treatment. Talk to the skin specialist about possible risks before the procedure. Risks include pain, swelling, infection, bleeding, crusting, and scarring. You can avoid risks by visiting a qualified plastic surgeon. If you have wrinkles on your forehead or around your eyes or mouth, you may benefit from laser treatment.

For more on how laser treatments combat wrinkles, visit East Bay Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at our office in Oakland, California. Call 510-451-6950 to book an appointment today.