Are Laser Facial Treatments Safe?
Laser facial treatments are commonly used to reduce signs of aging on the face, including discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles. These skin rejuvenation treatments rely on lasers to improve the skin’s appearance, which may sound scary, especially if you aren’t familiar with how these treatments work.
Here’s more about how laser facials work, and which laser treatments are deemed safe and effective for most skin types.
What Are Laser Facial Treatments?
Laser facials are skin resurfacing treatments that use highly concentrated beams of light energy, or lasers, to improve your skin’s tone, texture, and appearance. These laser treatments are non-surgical and non-invasive, as they do not involve the use of needles or scalpels. Compared with invasive facial treatments such as facelift surgery, laser facial treatments generally produce no pain or downtime, and conveniently allow you to resume your usual daily activities after treatment.
What Can Be Treated with Laser Facials?
Laser treatment can reduce many signs of aging on the face and improve the appearance of scarring and blemishes. Laser facials can treat the following:
- Fine lines
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Irregular skin pigmentation
- Redness and discoloration
- Brown spots
- Loose, sagging skin
- Unwanted hair
- Rough skin texture
How Do Laser Facial Treatments Work?
Laser skin treatment involves the use of either an ablative laser or a non-ablative laser. Both lasers produce long-lasting results and minimal to no downtime.
An ablative laser removes the topmost layers of your skin to promote the growth of new, healthier layers of skin in its place. Some ablative lasers are fractional lasers, which means they remove only a part of your skin in the area being treated. Fractional laser treatments allow the laser to penetrate into the deepest layers of your skin so you can benefit from more optimal anti-aging results.
A non-ablative laser works by heating up the deeper layers of your skin to promote the skin’s natural collagen production. Unlike ablative lasers, non-ablative lasers do not break the skin’s surface or remove any skin. Most of the work done by this type of laser treatment is performed below the skin and helps you achieve smooth skin and improved tone and firmness.
The effects of laser facial treatments are usually not seen for several months, given how they work by boosting your skin’s natural healing process along with collagen production. Each type of laser treatment works slightly differently from the other.
What Are the Safest Laser Facial Treatments?
When performed by a board-certified dermatologist or doctor, all laser facial treatments are safe. ClearLift, Micro Plasma Pixel Radio Frequency (RF), photofacials, and iPixel Laser Resurfacing are some of the safest and highest-esteemed laser facials available.
ClearLift uses a non-ablative laser that can treat all areas of the face and neck—including the gentle skin around the eyes. This treatment penetrates deeper tissues to stimulate collagen production without affecting the top layer of skin or producing any side effects. Results usually show up gradually over several weeks with four to six treatments.
Micro Plasma Pixel RF
Micro Plasma Pixel RF is safe for all skin types and colors and uses an ablative laser to target problem areas. This laser treatment usually takes about 30 minutes to perform and requires you to attend three to five sessions over the course of four weeks. The only side effect produced by Micro Plasma Pixel RF is a mild sunburn-like sensation that typically resolves within hours after the procedure.
Photofacials use intense pulsed light instead of a laser, which are intermittent flashes of light as opposed to a long, steady beam. As a result, photofacials are typically far gentler than most laser treatments. Photofacials produce few long-term risks, with the only potential side effects being short-term swelling, redness, and the appearance of small blood vessels.
iPixel Laser Resurfacing
iPixel Laser Resurfacing uses a fractional ablative laser to target specific areas of your skin. This laser treatment penetrates only the upper layers of skin and creates tiny perforations in the skin called pixels. iPixel Laser Resurfacing offers fast recovery, quick results, and is completely safe and non-invasive.
If you’re not sure which laser facial treatment is best for you, we can examine your skin and recommend one or more treatments during your initial consultation. We may also recommend other skin rejuvenation treatments that can help you meet your unique aesthetic goals.
Where to Find Laser Facial Treatments In Arizona
EnteBella Medical offers a wide range of laser facials and skin rejuvenation treatments for those who want to turn back the clock and get younger-looking skin. Contact us today at 480-568-4107 to learn more about our many facial rejuvenation services, or visit our website to schedule a consultation.