For wrinkles and fine lines along with other such skin problems, you can trust laser light therapy or LLT to help you out. This procedure comes with various kinds of names, and it is very natural that you may not know what you are getting.
To help you out, the American Academy of Dermatology has designated LLT into many different categories all of which relate to skin rejuvenation. Day by day, laser light therapy for wrinkles is gaining popularity as more and more users find out how effective they are – not only against wrinkles, but also against age spots and hyper pigmentation.
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As said before, LLT is known by many names. You may have heard of the common names for it, such as laser skin resurfacing, fractional rejuvenation or laser skin rejuvenation. Remember, both laser and light are included in a LLT treatment; so don’t get that confused with LED treatment which involves use of light-emitting devices or IPL (intense pulsed light).
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, for skin resurfacing either Erbium YAG or carbon dioxide lasers are used. Again, there are different strength levels of the laser light therapy for wrinkles like non-ablative and ablative. In the latter, the topmost layer of the skin is vaporized and the patient may need 1 week or more resting time to recover. In the former, specific areas are gently targeted so you won’t need so much recovery time. You can go join your office the very next day when you undergo non-ablative treatment.
How Effective Is LLT
Laser light therapy for wrinkles is highly effective against small wrinkles and fine lines but will depend on who is doing the procedure and the equipment that is being used. In most cases, your dermatologist will suggest six treatments before you can see effective results. The results vary people to people; some find their wrinkles reduced in the very first sitting while others need at least 2 or 3 more before seeing any visible result.
Laser skin resurfacing is effective against tightening your skin and reducing wrinkles, according to the Plastic Surgery Guide. As you leave the premise where the procedure was done, you may notice that your skin is tender and red. That is normal and nothing to worry about because it subsides over the next few days leaving you with a glowing, smooth skin!
The Treatment Process Of LLT
As you go for laser light therapy for wrinkles, you will be asked to lie down on a table. The technician will then wash your face and a numbing gel will be applied to your skin. Eye patches will be put on the eyes to protect them. The instrument that he will be using is wand-like and he can set the strength of the pulse down or up. Your skin will be tested with the laser for a couple of times to get the right strength.
For your first treatment, he may go low to see how your skin reacts as this therapy may cause burns. After finding out the correct level best for you, the technician will then methodically and slowly move the laser to the targeted areas on your skin. For example, if your lip corners have wrinkles, he will set the laser there, turn it on to a quick pulse and then turn it off again. He will then move to left or right and repeat the procedure.
How Does LLT Feel
For some people, LLT can be quite intense. Some describe it as painful as a rubber band being snapped on skin in the methodical repeated manner. To some, each laser pulse feels like hot oil splattering on skin! You may also see bursts of light for each pulse emitted along with feeling the laser on the skin. But overall, the pain is short lived and not excessive.
Is LLT Suitable For All Skin Types
Laser light therapy for wrinkles is effective only for fair skin. Those with other skin colors like dark, black, sun-tanned or olive may find that their skin pigmentation changes after a treatment and it takes several months for that to return to normal. If the technician is not experienced enough, some may experience burns. Don’t go for LLT if you are suffering from some skin disorder or are under some medication. Lastly, remember this result from LLT will stay as long as you protect yourself from the harsh glare of the sun.