What Does Fractional Laser Treat?
Fraxel skin treatmentThere are 2 types of fractional lasers, the erbium fractional laser and the CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser. Erbium lasers like Fraxel are the gentler of the two, and referred to as “non-ablative”. In general, Fraxel laser skin resurfacing is better for younger patients (under 50). It is effective for treating fine wrinkles and mild to moderate acne scarring. The CO2 system is better for older patients, and for treating deeper wrinkles, deeper acne scarring, other scars and skin tightening. Fractional co2 laser skin resurfacing treats skin more deeply, but requires more downtime as compared to Fraxel.
What is the Difference between Fraxel and Fraxel Dual?
Fraxel Dual is effective in treating pigment problems, brown spots, and sun damage in a better manner than regular Fraxel. However, its effect on melasma caused during pregnancy is still in question and one needs to be skeptical if that is your main problem. It’s better for larger areas such as the chest, arms, back or legs.
How does Fractional Resurfacing Work?
In fractional laser skin resurfacing, the laser creates “microthermal” zones deep in the skin. The skin repairs these zones by pushing the old sun damaged skin out from the tiny pixels and replacing it with newer skin. Every treatment replaces approximately 15 to 20 % of the wrinkled sun damaged, or scarred skin. It triggers the natural healing process of the body and accelerates the production of collagen as well as of new and healthy skin cells. Around 1,000 to 2,000 microthermal zones are created per centimeter squared.
Can Fraxel Be Performed With Other Cosmetic Procedures?
Yes. It can be performed with Juvederm, Restylane and other temporary or semi-permanent fillers. However, wait for one week after having the fractional laser skin resurfacing procedure done. For Sculptra, it’s best to have Fraxel done first, or you would need to wait for 3 months after your last Sculptra injection in order to start the Fraxel treatment. For Thermage, wait for 1 week before or after the Fraxel procedure.
How Many Treatments Do I need?
Usually, Fraxel laser skin resurfacing takes 3 to 5 sessions, spaced approximately 3 to 8 weeks apart. You will be given an estimate during your consultation. The number of sessions required depends upon the extent of the sun damage, wrinkles or acne scarring. You will notice gradual improvement with each treatment.
Can I Resume Work Immediately?
No, you need to rest on the day of treatment. You can resume work and routine activities after your doctor approves it, normally 1 to 7 days after treatment.
How Long Do the Effects Last?
This depends upon how well you protect your skin against the sun, and your genetic ageing process. If you use sunscreen and wear sun protective clothing, the skin will look good for longer. Don’t spend a lot of time outdoors or go tanning. If you take proper care, your skin will continue to look good for a long time, with annual maintenance treatments.
When Can I See Results?
Results from laser skin treatment depend upon what you have undergone treatment for. Many people notice results in a week after their first session. The skin feels smoother, has a glow and looks less blotchy. It can take 5-6 months before you see best results. Usually, collagen continues to develop even up to 3 to 6 months after treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Side effects include temporary swelling, redness, crusting and occasional bruising or tiny superficial blisters.
What Does It Cost?
The cost of laser skin tightening or skin resurfacing can vary according to where you live, the clinic you opt for, and the size of the treatment area. Costs for full face resurfacing range from $900-$1400. A full face with neck and chest can range from $1500 to $1900. You will be given a specific quotation before the procedure.
Tattoos are permanent designs made on the body when pigment is inserted into the skin through tiny ruptures in the top layer of skin. Modern day tattoos are applied using an electric tattoo machine that has needles which rapidly puncture the skin in an up and down motion.
Can Tattoos Be Removed?
Tattoos are meant to be permanent; hence removing them is quite difficult. Some surgeons guarantee complete removal, while the majority of them say that complete removal is not possible. Today, there are several options for tattoo removal that have proved effective. However, successful tattoo ink removal depends upon factors like size, location of the tattoo, how long it’s been there and an individual’s ability to heal.
Doctors say that they cannot predict the exact degree of ink removal because they usually don’t know which of the 100 inks available today was used.
What Are The Options For Tattoo Removal?
Before laser tattoo removal became popular, removal involved the use of one or more painful and scar inducing procedures. These included:
- Dermabrasion, wherein the skin is “sanded” to remove its surface and middle layers.
- Cryosurgery, in which the area is frozen before removing the tattoo
- Excision, in which the surgeon removes the tattoo using a scalpel and closes the wound with stitches. In cases involving larger tattoos, a skin graft from another part of the body might be required.
Although these procedures are still used today, laser tattoo removal has become the standard treatment for tattoo removal as it offers a bloodless, low risk, and effective alternative with minimal side effects.
How Laser Tattoo Removal Works
Lasers produce short pulses of light that harmlessly pass through the top layer of the skin to be absorbed by the tattoo pigment. The laser energy causes the tattoo pigment to break down into smaller particles which are then removed by the body’s immune system. Researchers have confirmed which wavelengths of light need to be used for tattoo ink removal.
In case you’re wondering whether the laser effects normal skin, do not worry. The laser beam only targets the pigments in the tattoo, without damaging the surrounding skin. Pre-treatment steps include application of an anesthetic cream 2 hours before the procedure. This is wiped off just before the procedure begins.
Laser tattoo removal results will start to appear after approximately 2 weeks. Some fading, either general or in spots, can be seen after this period.
Does It Hurt?
Unfortunately, both getting and removing tattoos is uncomfortable. The impact of the energy from the laser has been described as similar to being snapped by a thin rubber band. Since black pigment absorbs laser wavelengths, it is the easiest to remove. However, other colors, like red and green, selectively absorb the laser light and are treated only with selected lasers, depending upon the pigment color.
Laser tattoo removal aftercare involves applying antibacterial cream and dressing on the treatment area. The area needs to be kept clean at all times. A shower the day after treatment is okay, but the treatment area must not be scrubbed.
How Much Does It Cost?
Does laser tattoo removal work, and how much does, it cost are common questions people ask. Well, getting a tattoo removed is a lot more expensive than getting one done. The cost of removal can range from several hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, depending on the size, type and location of the tattoo, and the number of treatment sessions required.
At the age of 47, I am very familiar with things like sun spots, fine lines & under eye wrinkles. Over the years I have tried many different things but found chemical peels to be more effective compared to others.
My dermatologist plans out a rotation of medium as well as superficial depth peels at an interval of six to eight weeks. The results are quite good and give my skin a fresh look. Let me share my experience with you of how chemical peel treatments are to be planned to get a clear glowing skin.
Point 1 – Get in touch with a dermatologist
It is important to consult a dermatologist since only he can evaluate the different skin conditions, whether it is melasma, sun spots or freckle. Dermatologist will check your skin type to tell if chemical peels would be the right option for your skin condition.
Doctor will find out the strength required for your skin type and also the frequency of application. Normally a licensed aesthetician will apply the chemical peel but you must see to it that the person has minimum five years experience in application of chemical peels since only with experience they can know how long it should be kept and which areas on the face need more attention.
Point 2 – Be aware of chemical peel’s strength
It is necessary that you know chemical peel’s strength so that you can plan your work accordingly. As for example, if peeling is performed on Thursday and you have to go to a big function on Sunday then stronger peels are to be avoided. Similarly, you don’t have to wait for a month to schedule any excursion after application of medium ones.
There are 3 basic types of peels:
Medium depth peels
Superficial Peels – These work on skin’s top layer called as epidermis and you can get it done during your lunchtime. You will see instant effects such as a luminous complexion and practically no downtime. However, skin may feel dry and tight for the first few days. These are useful for problems such as acne spots, fine lines, mild hyper-pigmentation and dry skin and considered safe for all types of skin. Common ingredients used consist of salicylic acid (for stronger exfoliation), glycolic acid and TCA in very low strength. You will require a series of treatments to get the desired result and these are also less effective in providing anti-aging results of longer duration that are gained from some of the stronger peels.
Medium Depth Peels– As the name suggests, these have deeper penetration and reach the dermis where they remove skin’s deep layers in which several blemishes such as sun spots are present. These develop a wound which can be like sunburn which lets new skin to form and some amount of downtime is involved to let the new skin grow. As these go deeper into the skin and stimulate collagen, you will find them effective in curing sun damage. Common ingredients include TCA of 25-35% concentration and glycolic acid. Scarring risk is possible if TCA of higher than 35% concentration is used. Normally, I go for two to three medium peels every year during the months of March & October when it is much less warmer.
Deep Peels– These consist of carbolic acid and are used to treat sun damage as well as deep wrinkles with a downtime of around 2 weeks to let your skin recover. You will need sedation before application and risk of hypo-pigmentation is present so you need to consult your doctor first.
Point 3 – Changes in Skin Care Routine
You will have to follow specific skin care routine before as well as after the chemical peel treatment. Generally, try to avoid waxing and also use of retinol a week before the treatment date as well as for 2 weeks after the treatment. Additionally, if you suffer from fever blisters then consult doctor to get anti-viral drugs which can stop outbreak of blisters. After the treatment your skin care routine should include soft cleansers and highly emollient moisturizers. Anything that exfoliates the skin needs to be avoided for a week’s time after the treatment and if have to go out then sunscreen is a must.
Point 4 – Use of Sunscreen and Going Out
After the treatment avoid going out for about 2 weeks but if you must, then apply good amount of sunscreen to prevent any sun damage to the recovering skin. You need to be aware of the fact that extreme temperatures can result in hyper-pigmentation while the skin is healing, so avoid places like saunas for around a month during the chemical peel treatment and only schedule a vacation in the snows or on a sunny beach at least one month after taking a second level peel.
Point 5 – Exercises and Alternating the Peels
My doctor tells me not to exercise for about 48 hours after the treatment to avoid sweating and it would be same for you as well. During the healing period it is also better not to venture into swimming pools as chlorine in the water can make the skin dry out. Additionally, alternating different type of peels is advised so that skin tolerance does not develop for any particular type.
Laser therapy involves the use of a high focused laser light. It is an effective procedure that can be used for varicose veins treatment. The heat from the laser damages the vein, which causes the formation of scar tissue. This scar tissue in turn closes the vein. The closed vein eventually loses its supply of blood and dies off. After 1 or 2 years, the vein will completely vanish.
Simple Laser Treatment
This treatment treats tiny varicose veins and spider veins just under the skin’s surface. Generally, more than 1 session is required. The sessions are scheduled every 6 to 12 weeks, or as suggested by the doctor. If you have poor blood circulation to these veins, the larger “feeder” vein should first be treated with surgery, radiofrequency treatment, sclerotherapy or endovenous laser.
Endovenous Laser Treatment
This new age technology is becoming more popular for larger veins in the legs. During treatment, a laser fiber is passed through a catheter (thin tube) into the vein. While doing so, the doctor will watch the vein on a duplex ultrasound screen. Laser treatment is less painful as compared to stripping surgery and vein ligation, and has a shorter recovery time. As compared to vein surgery that requires general anesthesia, laser for varicose veins only needs local anesthesia or a mild sedative.
How Well It Works
Simple laser for veins has become very safe and effective over the past 20 years. Endovenous laser procedures close veins almost 94 times out of 100. If endovenous treatment fails to close a vein, you will require a second treatment. Based upon what is available in your area, you could have choices between other laser treatments, sclerotherapy or radiofrequency treatment.
What Should I Expect After Treatment?
You are likely to resume routine activities soon after simple laser treatment. However, after endovenous laser treatment, you would need to wear compression stockings for one week or more. Your doctor will also use duplex ultrasound in order to ensure that the vein has closed.
Varicose veins treatment
What are the Risks?
The risks associated with this treatment include:
- Skin burn
- Skin discoloration
- Feeling of pain, burning, or prickling due to nerve damage
- Large or small blood clotting in the vein. But this is less likely as compared to vein stripping surgery.
The more experienced your doctor is with laser treatment, the less risk you are likely to have. Speak to your doctor about how often such side effects could occur.
What to Consider
As compared to ligation surgery or vein stripping, endovenous laser treatment is usually less painful and involves a shorter recovery time. This is because treatment with laser for varicose veins is done through a small incision and a larger groin incision is not required. In addition, these treatments do not require general or spinal anesthesia.
In case you are thinking of laser for varicose veins treatment, consider asking the doctor some questions about the procedure. These include:
- How much experience does he/she have with this particular treatment?
- How many treatment sessions does he/she think you will need?
- How much will the tests and treatment cost?
What is Thermage?
This is a non-surgical procedure that has been clinically proven to help smooth and improve skin for an overall younger looking appearance. It is used to lift and tighten the skin and can be used on the face, eyelids, back of the hands, neck, and chest area. You can use thermage for wrinkles, and achieve brow, cheek and jaw line lifting. The procedure provides natural looking results with little or no downtime.
How it Works?
Thermage treatment uses radiofrequency energy in order to create a uniform heating effect in the deep dermis. The gentle heating helps tighten existing collagen as well as stimulates the production of new collagen.
How does it feel?
You will feel a brief sensation of heat every time the device is pulsed. However, the device will monitor the surface temperature of your skin and apply a cooling cryogen spray, which is delivered before, during as well as after the application of heat. In case you do feel any discomfort, ask the doctor to turn down the energy just a bit.
How long do the effects last?
While results have been observed to last for at least two years, studies indicate that the beneficial changes in skin collagen can last over two years in some cases. However, as with almost all skin restorative procedures including surgical facelifts, some age-related signs may slowly return as the process of aging and sun damage continues.
How many treatment sessions do I need?
If you are 30 to 50, one session may be enough. If you are over 50, you need to plan on 2 treatments 6 months apart. After that you will need maintenance sessions every 1 to 2 years. Most people repeat the treatment every two years.
How long is the recovery?
You can resume routine activities almost immediately after treatment, since there is no down time. Even makeup can be applied immediately after treatment. After treatment, minimal redness is noticed in some patients, but this generally subsides within a couple of hours. Sometimes, mild swelling is observed after the treatment, but disappears within 2 or 3 days.
What is CPT?
Comfort Pulse Technology or CPT builds on the proven efficacy of this treatment platform. Thermage CPT goes one step further with integrated user and patient comfort features in order to deliver the best results and best treatment experience.
Is it Safe?
Radiofrequency energy has been utilized in operating rooms for more than 25 years. This therapy has been cleared by the FDA for cosmetic indications. Studies report only a small incidence of minor and temporary side effects.
What are the side effects?
- Redness which usually subsides in 1 to 2 hours after treatment.
- Mild to moderate swelling which is temporary and usually subsides within 2 to 5 days.
- A slight possibility of developing a scab, crust, or blister. However, this is superficial and normally does not result in scarring.
- Although rare, small indentations and bruising have been observed.
Temporary altered sensation or a tingling sensation on the treatment site, which is rare and normally resolves within a week.
What is a Chemical Peel Procedure?
A chemical peel procedure involves the use of a chemical solution that is applied on the skin and allowed to soak in. This procedure destroys the outermost layers of the skin in a controlled manner; so that new skin can grow in its place. There are 3 types of chemical peels; which include superficial, medium and deep peels.
Superficial peels help improve the appearance of pigment changes in the skin, fine wrinkles, mild sun damage, and acne scars on all skin types. Medium peels are used for treating mild to moderate wrinkles, pigment changes, prolonged sun damage, and precancerous lesions of the skin. Deep peels are used for treating severe wrinkles, prolonged sun damage, prominent pigment changes, and growths and lesions on the skin. Sometimes, this treatment is used in combination with laser resurfacing or dermabrasion for a more dramatic overall effect.
Before the Procedure
The doctor will help you decide the type of chemical solution that is most appropriate, based upon your skin type, area of treatment, results you expect, and the amount of risk you are willing to take. A small “test spot” could be peeled to get an idea of the results, particularly for people with darker complexions.
You will need to start preparing 2 to 3 weeks before the procedure. This includes cleansing the skin twice a day, applying moisturizing cream once or twice a day, and using sunscreen before venturing out in the sun.
During the Procedure
Just before a chemical peel treatment, the skin is cleaned thoroughly. The chemical agent is next applied to the skin, with gauze, a small brush, or a cotton-tipped applicator. The chemical is left on the skin for some time, depending upon the type of chemical used. Alcohol or water may be used in order to neutralize the chemical and end the chemical reaction, after which it is wiped off. You might feel a little burning while the chemical is on the skin. You may be administered an oral sedative and pain relievers. Depending upon the size of the area being treated, the procedure might take 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Depending upon the type of peel used, this procedure can result in some side effects. The deeper the peel, the greater is the risk of side effects. Common risks include:
- Redness (Erythema)
- Changes in skin color
- Crusting and scaling
- An allergic reaction to the chemicals
- Infections, particularly in people who have a history of herpes outbreaks
- Increased sensitivity to sunlight
Chemical peel treatment, laser resurfacing and dermabrasion are amongst the most commonly used procedures for improving the texture as well as appearance of the skin. Even though these techniques use different methods, they basically have the same effect on the skin. They all destroy and remove the upper layer of skin to allow skin re-growth. No one technique is essentially better than the others. Some people may achieve the best results from a single treatment whereas others might need to use a combination of techniques.
Stretch marks are upsetting, unsightly and stubborn, and can cause you to feel really stressed. There are times when you have to change in front of your friends in the gym or on the beach and are embarrassed to do so because of these unsightly marks on your body. This can get frustrating for the simple reason that you’re no longer able to flaunt your otherwise flawless curves.
Although there are many topical creams and gels that claim to do away with these marks, they don’t provide permanent results and only help reduce stretch marks to an extent. If you’re looking for a quick, safe, effective and non-invasive procedure for stretch mark removal, laser treatment is the ideal option. Laser treatment offers fantastic results and permanently gets rid of stretch marks.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
The skin is elastic because it contains elastin and collagen. Although it is elastic, the skin has certain limitations and can only stretch to a certain limit. During pregnancy, hormones known as glucocorticoid are released in the body, which halt the production of elastin and collagen. Also, the skin expands beyond a point and causes scarring to the underlying tissues, thereby giving rise to stretch marks post pregnancy. Besides stretching of skin due to pregnancy or excess weight gain, rapid weight loss also causes stretch marks.
About Laser Treatment:
Laser treatment for stretch mark removal is becoming a popular trend these days. During treatment, a focused beam of light is targeted on the scar tissue, which forms in the dermis. These pulses of laser light break down scar tissues to generate new and healthy tissue. The removal of scar tissue paves way for the re-growth of new skin cells in the dermis. This reduces the appearance of stretch marks and results in much smoother skin.
Although the procedure is not very discomforting, a topical numbing cream is applied on the skin to numb the area and ease any discomfort. Patients only experience a slight needle-prick sensation when the laser beam is focused on the skin. Treatment is performed by qualified and experienced practitioners and can last up to an hour, depending on the intensity of scars.
Generally, laser treatment for stretch mark removal requires six sessions in order to reduce the marks. You will notice a significant improvement after just two sessions, but the results will continue to improve over a period of time. Patients are given complete information on this during consultation.
There are a variety of alternatives for getting rid of stretch marks. Some of the common alternatives include topical creams, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and blue light therapy. These are good alternatives for people who want to avoid surgical procedures and are generally less expensive as compared to laser treatment. However, if you want an effective, no cream, non-invasive procedure that offers permanent results, laser treatment is just the option for you.
Benefits of Laser Treatment:
- Effective and Non-invasive
- Minimal discomfort
- Permanent results
- Minimal downtime and recovery time
- Improved skin tone and texture
Laser treatment for stretch mark removal is considered as one of the most efficient procedures to get rid of unsightly stretch marks. Besides treating stretch marks, laser treatment also helps get rid of cellulite and works as an excellent procedure for body shaping or contouring needs. Since the treatment is customized according to individual needs, consulting a specialist is the best way to get more information on the procedure.
Acne is a common skin disorder that most people experience at some point in their lives. This problem is more common during puberty and teenage years. Teenagers and adults alike dread this skin condition as it spoils ones looks and causes distress. What’s even more frustrating is that acne leaves behind unsightly scarring and that is equally difficult to get rid of.
Hormonal changes, unhealthy eating habits, stress, improper skincare and excess sebum production are amongst the main culprits for causing an acne outbreak. Some people are even more unfortunate because this wicked skin disorder accompanies them into their thirties and forties, long after the carefree teenage years have passed. In such cases, the usual home remedies and over-the-counter treatments don’t work effectively enough. Chronic acne and scar removal can only be accomplished with new age cosmetic procedures like laser treatment.
Of late, laser acne treatment has emerged as one of the leading and widely preferred treatments for acne. It also caters to other skin resurfacing needs such as wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and sagging skin, thereby helping to achieve a glowing, smooth and acne free complexion. The arrival of laser treatment has made it much easier to treat acne and also get rid of the unsightly scars caused by it. There are a number of lasers that are used in this treatment and each one works differently. Some of the common lasers include:
Fractional CO2 Laser:
This laser is considered to be the gold standard (topmost) treatment for acne, acne scars, stretch marks, photo-aged skin, and pigmentation on the face and body. The laser causes the production of new collagen, which fills the acne scars and generates newer, smoother skin. CO2 laser acne treatment is amongst the most sought after procedures and is widely used for treating acne and acne scars. Following treatment you will notice a visible improvement within a week. These results continue to improve over a period of time.
Blue Light Therapy:
This procedure aims at destroying the bacteria that are responsible for causing acne. However, treatment with this laser could cause mild side effects like dryness and redness on the skin.
Pulsed Light and Heat Therapy:
Pulsed light and heat therapy aims at destroying the acne causing bacteria and shrinking the sebaceous glands to reduce the production of sebum (oil) in the skin. But, this procedure could cause dryness and redness on the skin.
Why Decide on Laser Treatment?
Laser acne treatment gives better results, particularly while treating persistent and inflammatory acne. Although oral drugs and topical creams prove to be effective, they can often cause dryness, skin irritation or other side effects. Also, it is difficult to treat acne on areas like the back and chest using topical creams.
On the other hand, laser treatment does not cause any side effects or skin irritation. A major advantage is that it also proves to be effective in the reduction of scarring, which is left behind by severe acne. It is a quick, safe and effective procedure that provides clearer, healthier and acne-free skin.
Dermatologists usually prescribe oral medications or topical creams to control acne, but they do not prove to be as efficient as laser treatment. Laser acne treatment is a safe and effective alternative that treats acne quickly and even helps in the removal of acne scars. For more information on this procedure, fix up an appointment with a specialist.
Acne is an irritating skin disorder and just about everyone experiences acne at some or the other point in their lives. Treating this inflammatory skin disorder is not the end solution because severe acne leaves behind unpleasant scars after healing. Thankfully, there are procedures like Thermage, PRP (platelet rich plasma) and Fractional CO2 laser treatment that have made it possible to erase these unpleasant scars and provide glowing, scar free skin. Although there are other options for acne scar treatment that include skin creams, dermabrasion, dermal fillers and many others, they don’t provide results as impressive as fractional CO2 and thermage.
Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment:
In this therapy, this laser generates microscopic holes in the skin, into the dermis, past the epidermis. These holes stimulate the production of new collagen, which fills the acne scars and thus creates new, smoother and rejuvenated skin. Fractional CO2 is a safe and effective laser treatment that requires little downtime and recovery time.
While severe cases of deep acne scars might need more than 1 treatment session to completely eradicate the scars, others only require 1 treatment for effective results. However, it is important to clear up the acne itself, before undergoing treatment for scars. It is best to visit a dermatologist in order to determine whether it is safe to proceed with the procedure.
Fractional acne scar treatment can also be used for all skin types. The CO2 laser offers a superior solution for skin rejuvenation and resurfacing. Besides treating acne and acne scars, this laser treatment can also be used to effectively treat wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, sun damage, skin discoloration, uneven skin texture, and pre-cancerous and benign lesions.
Benefits of Fractional CO2 Treatment:
- Safe and effective treatment for acne and acne scars
- Tightens the skin naturally
- Stimulates the production of new collagen
- High accuracy
- Short recovery period
- Superior results
Thermage is a non-invasive procedure that makes use of radiofrequency energy to smooth and tighten the skin, and provide better skin contour. It is approved by the FDA and has clinically proven to be very effective. The radiofrequency energy works on the inner layer of the skin, especially on the area that contains elastin and collagen. These structures are responsible for making the skin smooth and younger. The thermage treatment has also proven effective in treating acne and improving the scarring caused by it.
The procedure for acne scar treatment targets the water in the skin, thus heating the skin and stimulating the production of new collagen. It usually takes 2 hours for a session treating, depending upon the extent of scarring. The rejuvenation of collagen and elastin continue to improve over a period of time.
Benefits of Thermage Treatment:
- A non-invasive procedure that requires no downtime
- Provides superior results that continue to improve overtime
- Quick and painless procedure
- Increases the production of collagen
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- No anesthesia needed
For scar removal, there are several factors that you need to consider before deciding on either of these treatments. Some of these factors include the size of the scar, location and the severity of scarring. The cost of acne scar treatment is a little high, but the results that these procedures offer make it worth the money spent. So, if you are looking to regain flawless and glowing skin, locate a clinic and fix up an appointment with the doctor to determine which treatment is best for you.
Many people get a tattoo done in their teenage years and consider it to an act of expression and even rebellion. Sometimes, this thrill from the past becomes a bit of body art that people can do without and want to get rid of. Almost 50 percent of individuals with tattoos consider removal due to various reasons. Since tattoos are meant to be permanent, they are not that easy to get rid of. Here is where laser tattoo removal is considered to be the best way to eradicate tattoos. It is a safe, non-invasive and effective way to eradicate tattoos.
Risk of Scarring Involved in Other Procedures
In the past, people have tried various treatments to get rid of tattoos, but have failed to achieve the desired results. Most procedures involve a lot of pain, scarring and the risk of side effects. Procedures like dermabrasion, cryosurgery, chemical peels and surgery involve the risk of scaring after the procedure. However, today, tattoo removal procedures have evolved over the years. Potentially skin-damaging procedures have now evolved into safer and more sophisticated methods that use laser technology. Q-switched laser tattoo removal is one of the best examples of this.
Q-Switched Laser Treatment:
Removal of tattoos with Q-switched lasers has become one of the most widely used treatments in the last decade. The procedure is performed at the doctor’s clinic, by a specialist. During the procedure, the laser beam of light penetrates the skin and targets the ink, breaking it down into tiny particles, which are absorbed by the body. These particles are then flushed out from the body by the body’s immune system.
How Many Sessions Does it Require?
The number of sessions required depends upon factors like skin tone, size of the tattoo, and ink used. Taking these factors into consideration, patients should expect to undergo 5 to 12 treatment sessions, spaced across a couple of months. Laser tattoo removal works differently for patients. Colors like black are easier to remove, while fluorescent colors like purple and green are very difficult to erase.
How Much Will it Cost?
Removing a tattoo is always more expensive than getting one done. Laser treatment in particular is usually more expensive than other treatments. The cost per session for a small tattoo is usually around $80 to $100. However, patients can confirm the exact cost per session during the consultation session with the specialist. In spite of the discomfort, time, and price involved, the results from the procedure definitely make the treatment worth the cost. A good way of going about the treatment is comparing the prices of different laser treatments and opting for the most affordable one.
Depending upon the design, shape, and location of the tattoo, laser treatment is the only procedure that guarantees results. The treatment is considered as a safe and effective way to get rid of unwanted tattoos, without the risk of scarring or side effects after the procedure. To know more about laser tattoo removal, locate the nearest center and fix up an appointment with a specialist.