One of the greatest revolutions in skincare has come from a very unlikely source – lasers. Seriously, who would have ever thought that lasers could improve skin rather than burning and scarring it?
Our concept of lasers being high-tech scientific devices that are used on battlefields and in laboratories has fueled a number of myths in the beauty industry. In reality, laser skin rejuvenation is one of the most popular treatments offered at spas and dermatologist offices across the country.
If you’re interested in improving the appearance and health of your skin make sure you get all the facts about laser rejuvenation before scheduling an appointment.
Myth: Laser Rejuvenation is Very Risky
Fact: All procedures come with some level of risk, but laser skin treatments are much safer than many people realize. Laser rejuvenation procedures must go through a series of clinical trials to prove they are safe and effective before getting FDA approval. However, it’s extremely important that the technician doing the procedure be highly trained in using the laser. They should also perform a thorough skin assessment before deciding which laser treatment will provide the best results with the lowest potential for side effects.
Myth: Lasers Produce Radiation That Can Cause Cancer
Fact: No cosmetic lasers generate radiation. They operate in a wavelength that is considered safe because no radiation can be produced. Rejuvenation lasers also only affect the skin and don’t penetrate deeper.
Myth: Lasers Are New Technology That Aren’t Proven
Fact: The first laser skin resurfacing treatment was performed in 1961 by dermatologist Leon Goldman. He used lasers to treat melanoma and later adapted the technology to remove tattoos. Since that time lasers have proven to be highly effective at treating a number of dermatological issues including hyperpigmentation, sun damage, varicose veins and hair removal.
Myth: At Home Laser Products are Just as Effective as Spa Treatments
Fact: Several manufacturers are now making at-home laser tools and marketing them as an alternative to spa treatments. While you may see some improvement in your skin it won’t be dramatic, and it will take a while to see a difference. Professional-grade tools like the Aura and Yag lasers provide noticeable results after a single treatment. They are much more powerful than at-home devices, which is why they can only be used by professionals.
Myth: There are Topical Creams That Can Do the Same Thing as Lasers
Fact:Topical creams and serums don’t require FDA approval, therefore they don’t have to prove their claims of being just as good as lasers. They also don’t penetrate the skin as deeply as lasers. To date there are no topical treatments that can resurface skin like a laser.
Myth: Lasers Will Make Your Skin Thinner
Fact:In actuality, lasers do the exact opposite. The heat and stimulation of the laser can prompt natural collagen and elastin production, which makes the skin thicker and stronger.
Myth: Laser Resurfacing is Very Painful
Fact: It’s true that in the past some lasers could be painful during the procedure, but today that isn’t the case. The latest lasers incorporate features like cool tips and can treat larger areas to shorten the procedure time. However, it’s not uncommon to feel some discomfort when using specific lasers, because they rejuvenate the skin through controlled damage. This prompts the skin to heal and renew itself. If you’re worried about pain ask your aesthetician about the possibility of using a topical numbing cream.
Myth: All Lasers Basically Do the Same Thing
Fact:Lasers are developed for very specific purposes. At the most basic level, there are two types of lasers: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers remove the outermost layer of skin whereas non-ablative lasers send wavelengths farther down into the deeper layers of skin.
Myth: People With Dark Skin Tones Can’t Use Laser Rejuvenation
Fact: Here again it depends on the laser being used. Lasers that target pigment in the skin may not be ideal in some cases, but in many others situations the settings can be adjusted for an individual’s skin tone.
The aestheticians at Cadiz Laser Spa are highly trained in the use of numerous laser rejuvenation tools. No matter what service you’re interested in we’ll conduct a thorough skin examination before deciding which laser procedure will provide the results you are looking for with minimal down time. Call us today to schedule your consultation!