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We live in a world where appearance matters. Like it or not, youth is associated with beauty, and age…well, not so much! It’s a fact of life that everyone ages, but you’d probably be hard-pressed to find a large number of people who like looking older, and specifically, those who don’t mind seeing lines and wrinkles in the mirror every day.
Thankfully, we don’t have to settle for looking older than we feel anymore! As technology has advanced, so have the choices for anti-aging treatments. Not only is it more affordable for everyone, but it’s also now more socially acceptable too! So, if you’ve thought about seeking treatment to help get rid of your unwanted lines and wrinkles, we can help you better understand the pros and cons of a few of the most popular options.
These include facials and chemical peels. In fact, up until a couple of decades ago, these were really the only two options you had! Today, there’s much more, and consumer demand has spurred advances in existing technology in addition to the development of new ones as well. Don’t get us wrong, these two still have their place and can help in the anti-aging battle. However, facials involve a very long-term and regular commitment to continue to see ongoing results. Chemical peels may seem like less of a time and financial commitment, but they can often be inexact, meaning that you don’t always get consistent results. Some types of chemical peels are not the best choice for those with darker skin types and those with skin sensitivities.
Today’s Cutting-Edge, Technologically Advanced Option
Laser resurfacing is currently the treatment of choice to remove unwanted wrinkles. It’s a precise procedure that delivers consistent, superior results to patients like you. We offer two, distinct types of laser resurfacing: ablative and non-ablative. Both are effective ways to improve the appearance of wrinkles; ablative laser resurfacing usually involves 4 to 7 days of downtime (healing time) with the trade-off of more dramatic results in fewer treatments. Too busy to take time off? No problem! Non-ablative lasers can be used to resurface the skin without removing any portion of it. This means you won’t have downtime, but it may mean that you need a few more treatments to see the level of improvement you’re looking for.
How Does Laser Resurfacing Work?
Both ablative and non-ablative skin resurfacing lasers work by stimulating collagen production. Each type of laser does this in a slightly different way. Non-ablative lasers use only heat energy to stimulate new collagen formation without breaking the skin. They don’t remove any skin, so there’s no downtime for this process.
On the other hand, ablative laser resurfacing utilizes both the removal of skin and heat to force new collagen formation. Because brand new skin forms as you heal, you will have downtime during this process, but your results may be a bit more impressive than with non-ablative resurfacing. Both types of lasers can also be used for acne scarring and surgical or traumatic scar reduction in addition to their anti-aging uses.
If you’re interested in learning more about laser skin resurfacing and how it can help you get younger, smoother-looking skin, then please call us today. We offer these treatments at both our Los Angeles offices and can schedule a free consultation to go over the details of this effective, cutting-edge procedure.