A non-invasive method to improve skin texture
There has been significant interest in non-invasive methods to effectively improve skin texture without patient downtime. The ablative lasers are able to achieve these results thanks to a light procedure which allows dermal damage to be controlled. Wound healing leads to skin remodeling and a reduction in superficial wrinkles, skin toning and the removal of pigmented spots in the epidermis.
Erbium and CO2 lasers have been used as an effective instrument in skin resurfacing for many years. They are more precise and effective than chemical peels when it comes to removing the top layers of the skin, which causes smooth new skin to form and collagen to be renewed.
The special MicroSpot technology reduces the wound healing to just a few days. This so-called ablative, fractional laser therapy treats only “fractions” of the tissue in the form of a grid. This is made possible by splitting the laser beam into several hundred partial rays. This triggers skin renewal and collagen formation with rapid wound healing, which is supported by the untreated skin and therefore involves a very low risk of side effects. Wrinkles and scars are effectively reduced. Pore size is decreased and the skin’s pigmentation becomes more even, which also helps to improve the appearance of the skin. The signs of the treatment are practically invisible by three to seven days afterwards. Even one session will lead to remarkable results; for marked lines or scars, additional treatment sessions can follow after several weeks.
Why do wrinkles occur?
With the passing of the years, the skin of the face tends to relax and become thinner. This is mainly due to the loss of collagen, dehydration, and other secondary factors such as smoking, stress, excessive exposure to the sun, poor diet and atmospheric pollution.
Can lasers get rid of wrinkles in the skin?
Lasers emit a light capable of vaporizing the superficial layers of the epidermis and softening the furrows of the wrinkles. This process leads to a desquamation of the treated tissue and the natural regeneration of the skin. In fact, the epidermis that remains underneath produces new cells and new collagen forms, with an overall improvement in skin texture and elasticity.
Which areas can be treated?
The wrinkles around the eyes and the perioral region (around the mouth) can be treated, along with acne scars, old-age spots on the hands and face, and generally any other skin imperfections.
Is laser treatment safe?
Laser devices have been utilized in cosmetic surgery for over twenty years, demonstrating a high degree of reliability and effectiveness when used by qualified specialists on carefully-selected patients. Lasers have taken over from the old traditional alternatives such as chemical peeling and dermo-abrasion, where the depth of action cannot be controlled and are more painful and uncomfortable for the patient.
How many sessions are necessary?
One single treatment can be carried out by operating at a greater depth; otherwise, it is possible to carry out several “softer” treatments in order to better assess the situation and with shorter recovery periods. It depends more on the patient’s requirements than on the physician’s decision.
How long is the healing time?
The recovery time is usually very short. During the first 48 hours, there may be a sensation of heat or burning similar to sunstroke – discomfort that will vanish thanks to the use of creams indicated by the physician. For between three and seven days afterwards, the skin will have a smooth appearance with a reddish color that can easily be covered with light makeup and without affecting your daily activities or social life.
What are the post-treatment instructions to be followed?
During the first 48 hours, moisturizing antibiotic and anti-inflammatory creams can be applied. The use of vaseline-based preparations is also recommended for a few days after the treatment in order to prevent the formation of unsightly scabs. Following this, it will still be necessary to protect your skin from the sun’s rays for about two months.
Is the treatment painful?
The treatment is not painful and is well-tolerated by the patient. A local anesthetic may be used for particularly sensitive areas.
Are there any undesirable side effects?
There may be some unsightly dark marks, which always disappear within a few weeks, either on their own or by following your physician’s instructions.
What results are achieved?
After laser therapy, the skin will be tighter, smoother and more polished, the deep wrinkles will be attenuated and the finer ones will disappear. Moreover, the treatment will not cause any alterations in your natural facial expression or gestures.
Asclepion Laser Technologies is working closely with physicians, clinics and universities to improve technologies to assess their effectiveness and safety as well as to improve its application. In clinical studies, scientific questions are answered in a controlled environment. This ensures the best possible results for both the users and patients.
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