Are Cosmetic Laser Treatments a Long Term Solution?

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Cosmetic laser treatments are becoming increasingly popular. Discovered accidentally when lasers would remove wrinkles when touching up scars they now improves the lives of many. As people realize there are more options other than plastic surgery, laser treatments are increasing in popularity. However are they a long term solution? Or will you be required to get treatment on a regular basis?

When a laser treatment is used for hair removal, the results are permanent. The science of the lasers affecting the hair roots is not a guess is proven. Therefore hair will not grow back, thus it is permanent.

When cosmetic laser treatments are removing wrinkles, the likelihood of the solution being long term is unlikely becaus skin continus to add layers. It will grow back which makes for any permanent change to stick. The lasers target the skin cell by killing the older ones which promotes new, healthier skin. Inevitably, the skin will get old again which leads to the return of wrinkles and the process begins all over again.

In the case of cosmetic laser treatment, a long term solution can be interpreted in various ways. The results can remain around for many years, however very few forms of cosmetic laser treatments leave permanent results.

While cosmetic laser treatments are not considered surgery, the treatments can have results that may last a lifetime. This is great for those looking for a solution that is cheap and less time intensive than surgery.

Generally, cosmetic laser treatments are an outpatient procedure, meaning there is no overnight stay.

How laser treatments work:

Doctors may treat individual spots around your eyes, mouth, or forehead and can treat your entire face. For small areas, the doctor will numb the areas to be treated with a local anesthetic. The doctor can also sedate you if your whole face is being treated.

Minimal treatments such as parts of your face, will only take about 30 to 45 minutes. A full-face treatment can take up to 2 hours.

Following the cosmetic laser procedure, the doctor will bandage the treated area. 24 hours after treatment, cleaning the treated area four to five times a day will be necessary. Then you’ll need to apply an ointment to prevent scabs and dryness. Typically the treated areas heal in 10 to 21 days, depending on the condition and severity.

It’s normal to have some swelling after laser skin laser treatments. Your doctor may prescribe steroids or other solutions to manage the swelling. Sleeping on an extra pillow at night can help ease swelling. Using an ice pack on the treated area helps for the first 24 to 48 hours following laser treatments.

Itching or stinging may be felt for 12 to 72 hours after the treatment. WIthin 5 to 7 days after laser treatments, your skin will dry and peel.

Upon your skin healing completely, you should wear oil-free makeup to minimize redness, which usually fades in two to three months.

Fred Selby