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Lasers are often used to treat a wide range of skin conditions. It is easy to think you can just schedule any random laser treatment because they are all alike. However, nothing could be further from the truth. There are many variations in the world of laser skin treatments. Examining them can allow you to identify the type of treatment you need.
Surface laser procedures are known as ablative treatments. That means the top layer is treated and sometimes additional skin layers near the surface. Ablative laser treatments are useful for removing or lessening the appearance of specific surface skin problems. For example, they can often help to improve the appearance of scars or wrinkles.
Some lasers are non-ablative. That means they do nothing significant to the surface of your skin. However, a non-ablative treatment like that done with a diode laser machine still has many advantages. The biggest is it causes the deeper layers to try to heal themselves over time. By increasing collagen production to strengthen cells while bypassing the surface, such treatments limit skin infection and other risks.
One of the factors that can impact your laser procedure choice is your skin type. Its thickness and colour can have an impact on the laser treatment you need. The same is true of its general condition. Is it dry or oily? Is it peeling? Do you have specific conditions like rosacea or acne? Each of those questions requires answers.
Certain laser devices are also only designed to serve specific purposes. A laser meant to treat one skin condition may not work on another. You have to take the time to figure out which laser is most appropriate.
These days, laser selection is made a bit easier because there are newer technologies in place. For example, there is a much wider range of lasers that can treat darker skin today than there used to be. There are also some multi-purpose lasers capable of performing multiple skin repair functions.
Laser treatment is not always the ideal choice. That is why other clinical treatments are also available. Some of them fall somewhat in the same family. Such treatments include IPL and LED light therapies. In most cases, such treatments are not as strong as lasers. That means the effects are not as pronounced. However, side effect risks are also lesser.
Completely Different Non-Laser Skincare Solutions
With all of the options above, you might assume some type of laser will work for you. However, that is not always the case. It is possible you may need to explore other options. In the skincare industry, there are many alternatives. Top treatments outside the laser family include microdermabrasion, sound wave treatment and chemical peels.
The reason such options might be preferred boils down to the sum total of your situation. For example, oily skin may make laser treatment more difficult. Every treatment has its pros and cons, as well as specific eligibility requirements.
A final thing to know when considering clinical treatment with or without lasers is your skin will help you decide. You have to have it professionally assessed to determine your eligibility for each type of laser or non-laser procedure. Therefore, despite seemingly endless options, you can make the decision fairly easily based on the clinical recommendations you receive. You do not have to worry about suffering from indecisiveness or overwhelming confusion when you have the right information to help you start your search.