What is facial laser?
Facial laser or laser lifting is a skin care technique that improves the texture and appearance of the skin.
The laser stimulates collagen production by directing beams of light to areas of imperfections and irregularities such as wrinkles, acne scars and more.
Why is it performed?
The facial laser treats facial irregularities and imperfections such as:
- Fine lines and deep wrinkles.
- Crow’s feet
- Uneven skin tones
- Age spots
What does it consist of?
The laser acts on the superficial layers of the skin, destroying the epidermis (outer layer) and once these layers are regenerated, the skin is renewed smoother, tighter and with fewer wrinkles. In addition, it also acts on the inner layers of the skin, stimulating the creation of collagen, causing the skin to contract and tighten naturally.
The results offered by this method are epidermal renewal generating a lifting effect and providing heat in the dermis-collagen neosynthesis that helps to have a firming effect. The vaporization of the epidermis contributes to the renewal of the superficial layer of the skin, eliminating spots and pigmented lesions, among other dermal lesions.
In the application of the laser in skin rejuvenation, factors such as the following are taken into account:
- The depth of the treatment.
- The age of the skin.
- The need for skin corrections desired by the patient.
Before applying the laser, a topical anesthetic will be applied to the face to reduce pain.
Preparation for facial laser
Laser resurfacing requires a one-week preparation to improve the skin’s tolerance to lasers and reduce the likelihood of side effects. Some medications (including acne medications) and existing conditions may affect the skin’s ability to heal properly and should be reported by your specialist.
Aftercare after the procedure
After undergoing the procedure, there is no need to stay in the clinic. However, much of the healing takes place over the next few weeks. The time needed for recovery depends on the previous condition of the skin and how large the area of skin that underwent treatment was.
Your specialist will advise you on how to keep the skin clean and moisturized, as well as the level of peeling you can expect.
The skin will remain sensitive for up to a year after treatment, so the use of a high SPF sunscreen is recommended.
Alternatives to this treatment
Some alternatives to a facelift are:
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): eliminates the marks left on our skin by the sun, stress and the passage of time. It can be applied to the skin of the hands, décolleté, neck and face.
- Thermage: regenerative skin maintenance treatment that acts on collagen, eliminating flaccidity and wrinkles and improving the appearance and tone of the skin.
- Indiba: this radiofrequency technique is used for skin rejuvenation, achieving a revitalized and firm appearance in face and body.