Cosmetic laser treatments are nonsurgical methods of enhancing skin appearance or treating many skin conditions, using a laser wand or other apparatus. Because the treatments have a high level of accuracy, produce excellent results and require little or no downtime, they have become one of the most sought-after procedures for addressing many skin conditions.
Cosmetic laser treatments are used to rejuvenate tired or old skin, minimize wrinkles, reverse the signs of skin damage, remove or minimize the appearance of freckles, liver spots and pigmented lesions and treat a range of conditions such as blush rosacea and acne. They can also be used to remove tattoos, facial hair and body hair and minimize stretch marks and birthmarks.
The treatments employ a handheld laser device to accurately deliver brief pulses of light energy to a small area of the face or body. The light energy stimulates the production of collagen to replace damaged skin cells. Under cosmetic laser treatments, only the targeted areas receive the light energy, leaving the surrounding skin untouched and unaffected.
Cosmetic laser treatments are noninvasive and nonablative. They affect only the underlying tissues and vessels and do not damage the outer skin. Treatments are relatively quick, taking between 20 minutes to an hour on average. They do not require significant healing time.
There is usually only minimal discomfort; most patients experience a slight stinging sensation during the procedure and some initial soreness after. Topical anesthesia may be applied prior to the procedure to minimize discomfort.
You may need several sessions spaced weeks apart to attain the full benefit of the treatment. Noticeable results may be seen after the first few treatments. A remarkable improvement in skin texture and appearance will show within two or three months, as the skin tissue heals and is replaced by new skin cells.
Because cosmetic laser treatments are relatively pain free, you will be able to resume normal activities immediately. However, you will be required to apply sunscreen and to stay away from strong and direct sunlight for a period of time, depending on the treatment you received. You will also need to keep the area clean and moisturized while your skin heals.
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