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Laser Skin Care Treatments FAQ

Laser skin care treatments are one of the best tools to help you look younger as you age.  We rounded up our experts to answer the most commonly asked questions about laser skin care treatments.

Laser Skin Care FAQ

Laser Skin Care Treatments FAQ

How do lasers work to correct skin concerns?

A laser is a focused beam of light that has specially selected wavelengths that penetrate the skin. When the intense rays of the laser target a problem area on the skin the light is converted into heat and the brown spot, scar, or unwanted hair follicle will be destroyed while sparing the surrounding skin.

Can you be too young or old for lasers?

Age ain’t nothing but a number when it comes to laser skin care treatments.  What really matters is what skin concern you want to fix.  There are young people who have rosacea, acne, sun spots, and sun damage, too.  And the good news is, these conditions are treatable with laser skin care treatments.

How do radiofrequency treatments differ from laser treatments?

Light-emitting medical aesthetic devices are often mistakenly called lasers even though they technically are not lasers. eMatrix is an example of a light-based treatment that is not a laser. eMatrix uses radiofrequency waves to generate heat that stimulates new collagen and tightens and lifts sagging skin. The Photofacial is another example of a light-based treatment that is not a laser. The Photofacial uses Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, to remove red and brown spots and smooth skin tone.

How many laser treatments does it take to resolve a skin care concern?

Certain laser skin care treatments can be done in one appointment, but most require more than one visit to achieve your desired results. For example, with laser hair removal, you will need to make an additional 4-6 appointments spaced out 4-6 weeks apart to achieve optimal results. In order for the laser to be effective, you should follow your laser technician’s instructions for the length of time between your treatments.

Do I need to stay out of the sun if I’m getting a laser skin care treatment?

Tans and laser skin care do not mix.  The reason is because the laser’s function is to destroy freckles, brown spots, blood vessels, and tattoo pigment. If the surrounding skin is also tan, the laser mistakes it for “one big brown spot”. However, certain lasers can be adjusted for patients with darker toned skin.  After laser skin care treatments, it is usually recommended to avoid sun exposure for at least 7-10 days.  This will reduce the chance of unwanted side effects.

Please call 800.574.8377 or click here to schedule your appointment and complimentary laser skin care consultation. We invite you to come into the National Laser Institute Med Spa to experience laser skin care, so you can look younger even as you grow older!