Does Laser Actually Work?

Debunking Myths About Laser Resurfacing Treatments

Most of us have heard about laser treatments, but very few of us know that the word laser is actually acronym. It stands for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.” Those are a lot of complicated words, but the way laser works is pretty simple. A laser is essentially a single-wavelength source of high-energy light that diffuses light to a small, precise area.

There are two types of cosmetic lasers: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers remove the surface layer of the skin through vaporization. These treatments often require fewer treatments, but the side effects might be slightly more noticeable. Non-ablative lasers heat the underlying skin tissue to encourage the body to produce new collagen. Patients typically need multiple treatments with non-ablative services, but they require little to no downtime. Both ablative and non-ablative laser treatments are used for laser skin resurfacing to address the following concerns:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Liver spots or age spots
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Red spots
  • Acne or scars
  • Apparent or bothersome veins
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Sun-damaged skin

Laser treatments truly have some powerful benefits. In a study published by the International Open Access Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, laser resurfacing proved to reduce apart age by 2.5 years. With a treatment as popular and beloved as this, there are bound to be some misconceptions. We would like to dispel some of the most common misconceptions we hear about laser skin treatments.

  • Myth #1: Laser treatments require long recovery periods.

As mentioned above, patients who receive ablative laser treatments will need a bit more time to recover than those who receive non-ablative treatments. Ablative treatments might need up to three weeks to recover. Those who receive larger treatment areas will also need more time to recover. Generally, though, recovery does not take long, and patients usually need between three and ten days to heal. During the recovery period, patients are advised to avoid sunlight and keep their skin hydrated.

  • Myth #2: Laser treatments leave a line where the treatment stops.

This might have been true with older laser technology, but we’ve come a long way, and we can now provide beautiful laser skin resurfacing without the unfortunate lines.

  • Myth #3: Lasers only improve the top layer of the skin.

Different levels of laser can reach different layers of the skin. Laser treatments that are used to address flaws in the skin typically only need to penetrate the surface, whereas treatments that are used to address concerns like spider veins go a bit deeper.

  • Myth #4: You will see immediate results from laser resurfacing.

Patience is key when it comes to laser. After the skin has healed, it typically takes a few months for patients to see the full effects of the procedure, and it can take up to six months. The skin needs to produce new collagen, which simply takes time.

  • Myth #5: Laser skin resurfacing is extremely painful.

The sensations that come with laser skin resurfacing depends on what type of treatment the patient receives, what type of laser is used, as well as the individual’s pain tolerance. Patients often compare the feeling to a rubber band snapping against the skin. For most patients, laser causes little to no pain, and local anesthetics are often available if the patient is undergoing an extensive treatment form.

  • Myth #6: Any spa can perform laser skin resurfacing.

Only qualified medical professionals can perform laser skin resurfacing procedures. That’s why Novopelle Med Spa is proud to be a physician-supervised med spa, equipped with the skill and experience necessary to perform these procedures. We want to empower individuals to take their appearance into their own hands. Our staff is expert-trained and certified, results are catered to every patient, and consultations are free. We will provide you with a fully customized treatment that will suit your budget and get you the results you deserve. Whether that is skin resurfacing, or one of our many other services, you are bound to leave feeling more beautiful than when you came.

Want to see the truth about laser skin resurfacing with your own eyes? Give us a call at (888) 429-7055 or contact us online and we will schedule you a free consultation.