If you are interested in a fresh look for the New Year, you do not have to go as far as facial plastic surgery to achieve a glowing, youthful appearance. There are many non-surgical anti-aging treatments that can help reduce wrinkling, discoloration, and other signs of aging. Laser treatments are a popular option for those who wish to look younger without the cost or invasiveness of facial surgery. Because of this popularity, there are now a number of different laser treatments available to patients who wish to look younger and reclaim fresh, glowing skin. While all laser treatments work by heating deep layers of skin, specific treatments are used for different purposes, such as skin discoloration, wrinkling, birth mark treatment, or to stimulate collagen production.
Carbon Dioxide Lasers
Though carbon dioxide lasers are more invasive than other treatments and involve some “downtime” following the procedure, they are a good option for full facial resurfacing to address wrinkles, acne scars, discoloration, and other skin imperfections. These lasers also stimulate new collagen production for up to 6 months following the procedure, which tightens the skin for a fuller, more youthful appearance. Patients typically return to work within 7-10 days, and these laser treatments may involve general anesthesia. They offer the most in-depth, comprehensive results of any cosmetic laser. Due to possible pigmentation issues, people with dark skin are not usually good candidates for this treatment.
Pulsed Dye Laser & Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Used mainly to fade port wine stains, brown discoloration, and broken blood vessels, these lasers require little downtime, but may involve a little swelling, pinkness, and discomfort following treatment. Treatments usually require only topical anesthesia, if any at all. These lasers can address many skin issues, but are not appropriate for general anti-aging.
Pelleve: Another Skin Resurfacing Option
Pelleve is not technically a laser treatment, but a radio frequency treatment that heats the deep layers of skin to stimulate collagen production. Though the results are not as dramatic as those produced by some other treatments, Pelleve is a great option for people who have just started to notice signs of aging and want a treatment that requires no downtime. Pelleve is performed without anesthesia, and patients can resume normal activities immediately. Because the treatment encourages the body to produce collagen, the effects of Pelleve keep working for several months.
Which Treatment is Best for You?
Since everyone’s skin and goals for treatment are different, it is impossible to give specific advice about which treatment might be most appropriate without a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. If you would like to undergo laser or other skin resurfacing treatments, but are not sure what type would be best for you, you should seek help from a specialist before you make a decision.
The Best in Laser &Skin Resurfacing Treatments
At Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, you can choose from a wide range of laser facial treatment and other skin resurfacing options that can provide gentle to intense skin resurfacing and anti-aging. Laser treatment expert and renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover is board certified, has decades of experience, and updates his offerings when necessary to provide patients with the most advanced, safe, and effective treatments possible. To learn more about any of the treatments discussed above, contact Dr. Bentkover’s locations in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA to schedule your consultation.