With the advances in laser technology jumping leaps and bounds every year, how do you know what laser it right for you? Lasers are powerful machines that harness certain wavelengths of light to create energy to destroy a target. This target can be hair, brown pigmentation, acne, tattoos, wrinkles… the list goes on. But what do you need to know before you start?
First and foremost is to ask your practitioner; Is the laser being used safe for my skin type? Darker skin types typically have a higher risk of complications, but with the right practitioner, laser, and aftercare you can minimize this risk. Ask who will be performing the treatment? In California, properly trained nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians are allowed to operate a laser.
Ask how many treatments and what the expectation should be with regards to results, healing time, and follow-up maintenance. Most treatments require multiple sessions for optimal results, with a maintenance treatment every 3 months for more lasting results. Downtime (Healing time) should also be questioned so that you can clear your schedule for the healing time, if necessary. Some of the more aggressive treatments can have downtimes up to 10 day, but most treatments require minimal to no downtime.
Lastly, remember to ask your practitioner about a proper home skincare regimen. You are investing considerable time and money on laser treatments; make sure you use good skincare at home to keep your results lasting.
So what new technology is available in 2011? Our newly FDA approved Spectra-VRM, will be one of the best treatments on the market in 2011 to treat brown pigmentation (including sun damage, melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, acne pigmentation), active acne, enlarged pore size and overall skin rejuvenation. The results and effectiveness from this laser in Asia has made it one of the most sought after treatments.
The Spectra laser is very safe, with little to no complications, minimal discomfort and no downtime. With each treatment you will see gradual reduction in skin discolorations, evening out of skin tone and texture, and visible shrinking of your pores. The strength of the Spectra laser treatment is that it works on different layers of the skin, simultaneously. Your skin will be exfoliated; revealing the newer skin underneath. Unwanted pigmentation is cleared and lightened. Finally, new collagen is being stimulated; all the while pores are being tightened. This laser is also very effective on safely removing tattoos.
Lasers are rapidly advancing and have such versatility today, that many of our most problematic skin issues can be resolved. All you have to do is ask. Ask about your options. Ask about your results. 2011 is the year to start working on you… a new, younger, more beautiful you.