When it comes to clinical skincare procedures, lasers are one of the most popular. Almost all of us have heard of them. Some think that they can correct virtually any skin problem. However, different procedures are necessary for different skin problems, not to mention skin types. It’s key for us to take an objective view of laser versus non-laser treatments to make the best choice.
I’ve always been curious about the lasers we hear so much of. What are they really about? Today we have a very informative guest post from NY Laser Outlet. Special thanks to them for sharing this great information with us.
Let’s dive into it!
Treating Your Skin with IPL Versus Laser Devices
Some of us have heard of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy. Is it the same as laser treatment? Not at all. IPL devices use “cool” light therapy in wide beams and quick pulses. Laser machines are more “hot”. They produce much more concentrated beams that can also create quite a bit of heat.
Both treatments have distinct advantages and disadvantages.
IPL treatments get down into the deeper layers of skin, treating areas that we can’t see. That means that we might have to wait a while before we actually start to see a difference in our skin’s appearance. On the other hand, cosmetic laser equipment can often show positive results on the surface of our skin right away.
However, lasers are more powerful than IPL and aren’t for everyone. Those with oily skin may be more prone to burns and blisters and are advised to be especially careful about which laser procedures they have.
Different Lasers Available to Us
Many different types of laser treatments are available. Ablative lasers focus more on the surface of the skin, while non-ablative lasers treat the lower layers. Fraxel lasers treat every layer of skin at once. Depending on our skin type and condition, we might be good candidates for one or more of these treatment types.
Just remember that laser treatments aren’t good in all cases. For example, if we’re prone to acne outbreaks then ablative laser procedures should be avoided. They can irritate the oil glands right below our skin’s surface and cause fresh outbreaks. It’s important to consult a professional who can match our treatment plan to our skin type.
Non-Laser Treatments Should Also be Considered
The choice isn’t simply one of laser versus IPL treatments either. We should also consider non-laser treatment options. This includes sound wave treatments, such as ultrasound. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are possibilities as well. The right choice will depend on our skin condition, issues we wish to treat and how quickly we want to see results.
The challenge is in finding the right solution for ourselves and getting expert help. Stay positive and remember that our skin problems are often treatable.
What kind of skin treatments have you tried? How did they work for you? Share with us in the comments below!