Most people stop to check their look in the mirror before heading out the door for the day. A quick glance to make sure everything is in place and that we are looking our best. The day comes, though, when all we can see is how much older we look.
Wrinkles become too pronounced and sags appear, especially along the jowls. How we look affects how we feel about ourselves. If you aren’t happy with how old you look, then it may be time to turn to laser anti aging therapy.
How Cosmetic Lasers Work to Rejuvenate the Skin
Cosmetic laser equipment is not the same as scientific lasers. The cosmetic clinics use the kind that harness light energy. They do not cut through the skin. Instead, the light-based energy targets skin cells in the dermal layer below the surface of your skin.
As they heat the cells, the skin reacts by contracting, or tightening. It also stimulates the cells to produce collagen and elastins, which in turn heals damaged cells. Collagen plumps thin skin, tightens it, and fills in the wrinkles.
Can Anyone Use a Laser Device?
Although you may find used aesthetic equipment for sale online, this type of device must be operated by a trained, certified technician. Used improperly, it can cause harm. The technicians who use these devices follow procedures carefully to provide the best service to their clients. In addition to that, cosmetic lasers are extremely expensive.
How to Prepare for Laser Therapy
There are not a lot of things you need to do prior to your treatment. The best thing you can do is to avoid sun exposure unless you are properly protected with a high SPF sunscreen or with loose clothing. Don’t smoke or subject your skin to environmental toxins. Do hydrate with plenty of fresh water. On the day of your session, make sure your skin is clean and free of skin products like lotions, makeup, oils, or ointments of any sort.
Laser Therapy Results
Laser treatments will produce immediate, noticeable results. They will not be as dramatic as you might expect right away. That’s because the skin takes time to produce collagen and will continue producing it for many months after your session. So you won’t see the full effect until then. The good news is that the results will last for a year or more. The bad news is that no anti-aging treatment will last forever.
Caring for Your Skin After Laser Therapy
That doesn’t mean you can’t do more to maintain that healthy look. Continue to hydrate your skin and eat a healthy diet. Continue to avoid sun exposure for at least another two weeks after your laser session. Try to avoid environmental toxins such as smoking and treat your skin well.
Does Laser Therapy Work for Everyone?
While laser therapy does work for most people, it does not work for everyone. Individuals with extreme laxity in their skin or heavy wrinkling will not achieve the desired results through laser procedures. In those instances, plastic surgery is usually the only method that will work.
Finding the Right Clinic
When you decide you are ready for your first laser anti-aging procedure, it is important to find the right clinic to service your needs. Research local clinics to find one with a solid reputation and good reviews. Ask your doctor or dermatologist if they can recommend someone to you.