What Is a Cosmetic Laser Treatment

Cosmetic surgery is in the media regularly with celebrities constantly fielding questions about their appearance and whether the have gone under the scalpel to 'enhance' their body. The trickle down effect is worldwide, cosmetic surgery has increased. What is often forgotten however is cosmetic laser treatment. Since laser treatments began in 1958, using lasers for cosmetic reasons has slowly increased in popularity but avoids the spotlight that surgery dominates.

Laser treatments for cosmetic reasons were not a planned progression. Originally they were used to treat acne scars to smooth over the skin around the scar. It was then noticed the wrinkles around the scars were less prominent once the lasers had run over the skin in the process.

The lasers are highly concentrated beams of light that can target certain different parts of the body and skin depending on the wavelength of the light. When the light hits the tissue, heat is generated which then either destroys or deactivates the cells. As research continue more and more information is being discovered about how we lasers can be used cosmetically.

Cosmetic laser treatments are most commonly used on the face. The lasers affect the collagen in the skin. As we age the collagen in our skin naturally breaks down. Laser treatment generates new youthful collagen which eliminates the wrinkles that we so often despise.

There are additional kinds of laser treatments available today.

- Laser skin resurfacing

- Laser removal of birthmarks/skin lesions

- Laser hair transplants

Although it would appear to be a science using beams of light, the risks associated with treatment (as with any cosmetic changes) needs to be done by highly qualified doctors. Although the side effects are generally less harmful than surgery, the number of treatments may need to increase for the desired result to take effect.

Laser treatments are not yet suitable for everybody. The changes a treatment has on one patient may be completely different than another person who has had the exact same cosmetic laser treatment. Skin color and hair color are the two most common factors that are examined when evaluating whether a person is a suitable candidate for laser treatment. Those with darker skin and/or red, grey and blonde hair are likely to not see results that they want. Ideal candidates are those with whiter skin and darker hair.

Post treatment, doctors will generally recommend follow up procedures and they need to be closely followed to ensure that the treatment leads to the best results possible.

Costs are always are concern with any cosmetic treatment. Laser treatments are less expensive than surgery equivalents, but do keep in mind any follow up treatments required and whether you are going to achieve a long term solution with your treatment.

As with any cosmetic procedure, making an informed decision based on advice from qualified professionals is necessary. The information you read here can help you with knowing what you can expect but every individual case is different and you may miss information on the internet that you must know.

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