What You Need To Know About Laser Treatments On Your Skin

People who are into skincare, this is for you. Chances are, even if you aren’t into all kinds of skin care products and techniques, you’ve probably heard about laser treatments. Dermatologists and technicians know that lasers can tackle many issues you have with your skin.

The science behind the treatments is interesting because it explains what they do and the long-term effects of laser treatments. So, if you’re considering booking an appointment, read ahead before making a final decision.

There Are Different Types Of Lasers To Target Different Skin Concerns

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Like many things, there needs to be a couple of different skin care techniques in order to cover every type of condition. So naturally, there are different types of lasers to target a variety of skin problems.

From brown spots to those horrific stretch marks, laser treatment is the go-to for dermatologists. It even helps remove the adult acne-like skin condition, rosacea.

Lasers Don’t Require Many Follow-Ups After Treatment

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Similar to a tattoo removal, you might have a series of sessions over a period of time.

However, once it’s all done, you won’t need too much of a follow-up with your skin care provider. Now, you can go on with your everyday life without having to worry about acne or redness.

Try A Resurfacing Laser For All-Over Skin Rejuvenation

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A resurfacing laser such as the Fraxel Dual will stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. That leaves you with smoother and much younger-looking skin.

The Fraxel even treats brown spots, including deeper wrinkles. Also, it can help with acne scarring too. Want do you think the price range for this is? In a short while, you’ll find out that it’s not that cheap.

How Does It Really Work?

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When it comes to a resurfacing laser, it directs a short, concentrated beam of light at the skin. Essentially, this removes the areas of the skin layer by layer.

It’s a treatment to reduce wrinkles and skin irregularities like blemishes or acne scars. So yeah, it really works!

Get Rid Of Unwanted Body Hair

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Those pesky unwanted hairs are a nightmare. Target those hairs on your underarms, bikini line, or legs with a hair-removal laser. These lasers have traditionally worked well on people who have fair skin and dark hair.

Of course, technology is constantly advancing, so be sure to talk to your technician on the proper laser to use.

Unfortunately, It’s Not That Cheap

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You can expect to spend around $500 on just the basic laser skin care treatments. That’s just for cheeks, and if you’re looking for a full face treatment, you’re going to be spending about $1,000.

In fact, it may take three to five sessions to see your results. Patience is everything with lasers. But, what if there was a laser to target redness? You’ll want to read ahead to find out about that!

If You Need To Get Rid Of That Embarrassing Tattoo

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There’s a laser for that too! The tattoo laser is awesome at targeting brown areas.

But, it might have a challenging time tackling newer pieces of ink, especially in colors like blue, green, and yellow. This type of laser can be used to get rid of spots as well.

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For tattoo removals, it can cost anywhere from $150 to $400 per session. To remove a large tattoo or an embarrassing one, it could take up to 20 sessions.

Nevertheless, thanks to Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother, I think a lot of people know not to get a tattoo when they’re drunk.

To Target Redness, Go For A Vascular Laser

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Vascular lasers are something else. It helps with redness which is caused by broken blood vessels, rosacea, and other issues. For more stubborn spots on the skin, there’s another laser you could try.

The KTP laser is a solid-state laser that uses crystal. If you’re considering this, the cost of the treatment isn’t so bad, and you’ll find out the price range shortly.

Laser Treatment Can’t Completely Get Rid Of Scars

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It’s unfortunate, but the treatments can make a scar less noticeable, but it won’t be erased for good.

Thanks to the advancements in medicine, when you have a treatment for a scar, you’re replacing one scar with another less-noticeable scar. It’s kind of the lesser of two evils.

Do Your Research!

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It’s no surprise that professionals recommend that you see a medical doctor, especially if you’re getting vascular or resurfacing lasers.

For laser hair removal, double check before you even decides to do that. Or, just inquire about it with the technicians.

How Much Will A Vascular Laser Treatment Set You Back?

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Well, it’s not like you’re paying $1,000, because this type of treatment costs anywhere between $400-$600.

If you have rosacea, it may take you two or three sessions to notice any differences. Side effects from vascular laser treatment include pink “sunburnt” skin and bruising. If you are going to go through with it, the next one ahead shows the importance of speaking with your technician.

Stay Out Of The Sun After Your Treatment

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If you go out in the sun, you’re going to have a bad time. The pros will tell you to NOT get laser treatment on top of a tan.

This could very well increase your chances of getting hyperpigmentation. Also, once you get it over with, stay out of the sunlight. So the fall and winter would be best to book your treatment.

If You Didn’t Know, It’s Going To Hurt

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Laser treatments can be painful, especially on the face or on the back. In fact, dermatologists provide a numbing cream beforehand and ice afterward.

Honestly, it’s not any different than using local anesthetics. You’ll feel good, at least until the numbing wears off.

Make Sure To Let The Technician Know About Your Medical History

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It’s super important to notify the technician of your medical history. Especially concerning certain conditions like diabetes, which can affect how your skin reacts to laser treatments.

On top of that, certain medications like Accutane can make it hard for your skin to heal. The next one ahead will tackle the potential side effects of laser treatments.

You Need A Few Weeks To Heal

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You won’t be healed overnight. If you get an ablative laser treatment, which is removing the outer layers of skin, it may take two-three weeks to recover. The skin will likely be raw and red.

So, you’ll have to avoid certain activities like playing sports or going to the gym.

Take Care Of Your Skin

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Once you’re all done with the treatments, use sunscreen every day. Most importantly, limit your time in the sun, and it’s not best to be outside when it’s humid out. Oh, and make sure to moisturize often.

Basically, using skin protecting products will get the job done and help the healing process.

There Are Potential Side Effects

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It’s super crucial to know the side effects of laser removal. There’s a risk of burns or even injuries from the heat of the laser.

Not only that, but scarring, changes in the skin’s pigmentation, and bacterial infections can happen too. It’s important to pick a provider to minimize your risk.

Insurance And Covering The Treatment

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You’re on your own for this one. Laser treatments are considered to be cosmetic procedures, and chances are, your insurance might not cover that.

Be sure to look into what your insurance has to offer before you drop all of that money. It might seem like an easy fix, but those sessions can really add up.

It’s All Seriousness And Not A Joke

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Technicians take this seriously and so should you. It’s not a laughing matter because a lot of people want to have natural skin instead of dealing with redness or acne.

Be sure to do your homework and be well aware of what’s about to come when going for laser treatments.