Skin Care

An Overview of Popular Laser Skincare Options

The skincare industry has vastly expanded its laser treatment options in the last 20 years or so. As it has done so, the popularity of such treatments has steadily increased as well. In fact approximately six time the amount of laser skincare procedures performed in the United States in 1997 are now performed today. So, if you have skin problems, it might be time to jump on the laser skincare bandwagon.

If you do decide to use lasers to treat your skin problems then it is not quite as simple as just making that decision. These days there are often separate types of lasers to treat different complaints, such as wrinkle treatment lasers vs. those meant to to treat acne scars. Here are some of the top types of lasers and the conditions that they treat.

For Wrinkles, Try Titan Laser Treatments

Titan is simply a common commercial nickname for treatment with infrared laser aesthetic equipment. Infrared laser treatments usually cost between $800 and $1,200. Titan treatments cause collagen within skin cells to move closer together, thus pulling the skin cells themselves closer together. That action smooths out wrinkles over time and multiple treatments.

Due to the fact that Titan laser treatments require your cells to have a lot of natural collagen already, you should not undergo them if you are over the age of 45. As people age their bodies naturally make less collagen, resulting in a deficiency which needs to be corrected by other means besides Titan treatments. Also, even if you are under 45 years old, you should know that Titan treatments are not meant to treat severely sagging skin. They are better for gradually treating mild wrinkles.

For Scars and Sun Damage, Try SmartXide DOT or Pelleve Treatments

Fractional CO2 lasers are often referred to by the nickname “SmartXide DOT” in skincare circles. They typically cost around $1,500 for each appointment. During each session the lasers can be used to essentially drill almost invisible holes in your skin. As the shafts are created through multiple layers of your skin, your body will start to reinforce those skin cells and repair them, also repairing old sun damage, scars, and wrinkles.

A milder option for treating all of the same skin problems is Pelleve, which is a nickname used in the skincare industry for a type of radio frequency treatment. Rather than creating tiny holes in your skin, such a treatment will use a specific radio frequency to stimulate the same healing processes on a cellular level.

For Rosacea and Birthmarks, Try IPL or Pulsed Dye Lasers

IPL, or intense pulsed light, is also known as “Blue Light” treatment. It uses a cooler type of light than most types of lasers use. IPL is commonly used to treat birthmarks and rosacea. However, specific types of lasers called pulsed dye lasers can also be used to remove birthmarks and treat rosacea outbreaks. The laser treatments typically work faster than the IPL treatments, but if you think that you are a good candidate for either one then you should discuss them with your clinician. An IPL treatment for that sort of skin problem typically costs about $200, while laser treatment can be significantly more expensive. It is also important to note that Blue Light IPL treatment can also be used to treat acne scarring, in addition to birthmarks, which is one reason why you might prefer it over pulsed dye laser treatment.