Knowing when to seek anti-aging treatments can be tough. Some people may feel that they are too young or even too old to benefit from treatments such as chemical peels and laser treatments.
While every person is different and it is impossible to generalize about whether laser treatments are right for you, there are some factors to consider when deciding to undergo a cosmetic procedure. Here are some signs you might benefit from laser treatments.
You Have Sun Damage
Sun damage contributes heavily to premature aging, so if you have spent a lot of time in the sun with your skin unprotected, you might benefit from laser treatments to resolve dullness, discoloration, and skin laxity.
You Have Mild to Moderate Skin Laxity & Wrinkling
While laser treatments cannot produce the same caliber of results that surgery can, more invasive lasers can resurface the skin to improve lines and stimulate collagen production. Collagen helps lift and tighten the skin for a more youthful look.
You have a Birth Mark, Skin Discoloration, or Broken Blood Vessels
Lasers are very useful for treating unwanted pigment in the skin, such as that caused by age, birthmarks, sun damage, or broken blood vessels. Depending on the type of pigment to be destroyed, multiple treatments may be necessary. Lasers can also treat many unwanted tattoos.
You Have Light Skin
Unfortunately, laser treatments are usually not the best choice for darker skinned patients, as lasers can cause lightening of the skin and irregularities between the new skin and the old skin. If you are still interested in laser resurfacing you should have an in-depth discussion about the risks with a plastic surgeon before moving forward.
You Do Not Smoke
Smoking greatly accelerates the aging process and makes it more difficult for the body to heal after cosmetic treatments. People who smoke are not good candidates for laser treatments because the healing process may be compromised, resulting in a less than favorable outcome. In addition, the results will likely not last long if the patient continues to smoke.
Types of Laser Treatments
There are many types and intensities of laser treatments available, and only an experienced laser treatment provider can tailor a procedure to meet your specific needs. However, these are some of the available options, along with their common uses:
- CO2 Laser: A heavy duty laser for overall resurfacing, facial rejuvenation, and wrinkle reduction
- Pelleve: An extremely gentle laser treatment used to stimulate collagen production for ongoing anti-aging
Different lasers and intensities vary in cost, anesthesia requirements, and recovery time. Fortunately, there is usually a laser treatment to fit each patient’s needs and lifestyle.
An Experienced Provider
Laser treatments can produce a range of results, and you should make sure to go to an experienced plastic surgeon who can determine the treatment that will provide you with optimal results. Do not try to cut corners on laser treatments just because they are not technically surgery.
These treatments require an experienced and skilled hand to produce good results. If you’re looking for an experienced plastic surgeon who specializes in laser treatments, then consider acclaimed Boston area laser expert Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Worcester (508-363-6500) and Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA. Dr. Bentkover is board certified and offers a range of laser treatments to suit a diverse patient base. Call either location today or visit Dr. Bentkover’s website to schedule your consultation.