Do you ever look at celebrities on the red carpet and wonder how they find time to keep their skin glowing, their complexions clear and hold the signs of aging at bay? Most rely on laser treatments in addition to a good quality skincare regimen in order to stay camera ready. For those that have never experienced the benefits of laser treatment, many are curious how it works and what makes these procedures so highly sought after.
What are the different types of laser treatments available and what kind of downtime do they require?
Laser Genesis is a non-ablative treatment, meaning it deposits heat into the underlying layers of the skin without causing damage to the outermost surface. The bulk heating effect stimulates and accelerates collagen production and can kill the bacteria that causes acne. The result? Your body naturally corrects unwanted skin imperfections such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne, scarring, large pores and uneven skin tone. The 1064nm wavelength of the Laser Genesis is ideal for addressing redness in the skin caused by rosacea and other vascular imperfections, as it targets hemoglobin. Treatment takes 20-30 minutes and requires no downtime. Most leave the office with only a slight pink hue to the skin, similar to a mild sunburn, which subsides within hours. It isn’t uncommon for clients to make Laser Genesis a lunchtime affair and return to work immediately following. Due to the less aggressive nature of non-ablative laser treatments, we typically recommend multiple procedures in order to obtain optimal results. These should not be viewed as a “one-and-done” treatment like their ablative laser counterparts – which is the trade-off for a no downtime procedure.
If you’re looking for more dramatic results in a single treatment and can afford “social downtime” for 7 days post procedure, an ablative laser treatment like the Pearl Fractional might be the better choice for you. A fractionated ablative laser treatment selectively removes columns of tissue while leaving the surrounding skin intact, which shortens healing time when compared to a fully ablative laser. Ablative treatment removes the outermost layer of the skin and prompts an immediate turnover in the outermost dermis. Since the Pearl Fractional is not fully ablative, the downtime is Numbing medication is applied to the skin pre-procedure to keep clients comfortable and it typically requires an hour for treatment. Post procedure, the skin will look almost as if it has “road rash.” Typically, clients will not want to return to work immediately following this procedure and will avoid social situations for a good 5-7 days. Women often start applying makeup after day 5 and some may choose to venture back into the public eye. The skin on the face may appear slightly more pink than normal for a few weeks during it’s re-growth stage, similar to a light sunburn, and the full effects of the skin tightening and collagen regrowth stimulated by this treatment are observed 3 months post procedure.