Laser Facial Treatment Types: A Guide
Today, laser facial treatments are popular thanks to evolving technology that has made these procedures more effective, comfortable, and customizable for each client yielding optimal results. From easing wrinkles and fine lines to improving skin tone, texture, and tautness, laser facial treatment include many different types of laser facial treatments and they offer a wide variety of benefits.
If you are considering whether a laser facial treatment is right for you, Coastal Aesthetics is pleased to offer this helpful guide to the best laser technology, “Laser Facial Treatment Types: A Guide,” so you can make an informed decision to achieve your personal aesthetic goals.
What Are The Types of Laser Facial Treatments?
Facial laser treatments are a popular cosmetic procedure that uses laser technology to improve the appearance and texture of the skin. They deliver energy in the form of light to the skin. This energy is absorbed by specific targets in the skin, such as melanin, hemoglobin, or water, depending on the type of laser being used.
This energy causes controlled damage to the target, stimulating the body’s natural healing response, which can improve the skin’s texture, tone, and overall appearance.
There are several types of laser facial treatment options available, including:
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is a type of facial laser treatment that uses lasers to improve the appearance of the skin. The laser safely removes the outer layers of skin, stimulating the body’s natural healing response and encouraging new, healthy skin growth.
Over time, your skin will naturally form new collagen and elastin fibers, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tightening the skin, and reducing the appearance of scars and hyperpigmentation.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a type of facial laser treatment that relies upon broad-spectrum light to improve the appearance of the skin. A handheld device emits high-intensity pulses of light into the skin, which can target specific areas of the skin to enhance its appearance.
The light energy is absorbed by pigments in the skin, such as melanin and hemoglobin, to decrease skin concerns, including sun damage, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and spider veins.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a facial laser treatment (it also works on the body) that selectively targets and destroys hair follicles in the treatment area. Like IPL, a handheld device emits a concentrated beam of light into the skin, which melanin pigments in the hair follicles absorb.
The energy heats the hair follicles (without damaging the surrounding skin), injuring them and preventing them from producing new hair. The procedure is safe and effective for most skin types and hair colors.
Fractional Laser Treatment
Fractional laser treatment is a type of facial laser treatment that uses a laser to create small, microscopic injuries in the skin. The procedure emits a laser beam into the skin, divided into thousands of tiny treatment zones, each surrounded by healthy tissue.
The laser energy creates microchannels in the skin, which stimulate the body’s natural healing process and triggers collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin proteins are critical for maintaining healthy skin support, structure and elasticity to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and other skin issues.
What Types of Skin Concerns Can Laser Facials Improve?
While there are many different facial laser treatments, each one is designed to address specific skin concerns. Here are some examples of skin issues that lasers can help to improve:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage and hyperpigmentation
- Acne and acne scars
- Rosacea and redness
- Skin laxity
- Dull, tired skin
- Hair removal
Best Facial Laser Treatments
At Coastal Aesthetics in Maine, we recommend the following laser facial treatments and consider them the best in today’s innovative laser technology: Alam Hybrid, Opus Plasm-RF, Harmony XL-Pro, and Soprano Ice.
Alma Hybrid Laser Facial
The Alma Hybrid is one of the best skin resurfacing therapy for treating skin concerns like age spots, wrinkles, fine lines, acne, scars, uneven skin tone, and hyperpigmentation.
Alma Hybrid combines an ablative CO2 laser with a non-ablative 1570nm laser and ultrasound technology, which yields impressive results with minimal downtime. There are three different functions of the Alma Hybrid, and since each of them addresses unique skin conditions, this laser facial treatment is truly customizable.
- The Hybrid Oscar option addresses scars, such as acne, trauma, and surgical scars.
- The Hybrid Lift is ideal for easing fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage-induced pigmentation.
- Hybrid Soft Lift is best for patients who want to refine and rejuvenate skin tone and reduce the visibility of moderate wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and lesions.
Opus Plasma-RF Technology
Opus Plasma-RF is a laser resurfacing technology combining plasma and radiofrequency modalities. Unlike traditional ablative laser resurfacing treatments, which can be invasive and require significant downtime, Opus Plasma-RFis downtime-free.
Opus Plasma-RF uses a series of small plasma spots to create controlled micro-ablation zones on the skin’s surface, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin fibers. The highly customizable treatment can treat numerous skin concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, scars, uneven skin tone, and texture irregularities.
Harmony XL Pro Laser System
Harmony XL Pro works by using distinct light and ultrasound technologies. In addition, this new technology allows for depth control capabilities, enabling our practitioners to control the precise depth of treatment depending on the area being treated, skin type, and desired results.
These new technologies include a first-of-its-kind fractional scanning Q-switched laser for high-speed skin remodeling and multi-color tattoo removal. In addition, it also contains a specialized tip for maximizing treatment safety for darker-skinned patients and offers a powerful new acne treatment by combining laser with vacuum technology.
As a facial laser treatment, Harmony XL can address skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, fine lines, sunspots, acne, skin texture, wrinkles, skin laxity, and acne scars.
Soprano ICE is a type of laser technology used for hair removal. It employs a unique laser wavelength that can target hair follicles at a specific depth in the skin without damaging the surrounding tissue. This technology is designed to be safe and effective for all skin types, including darker skin tones.
Soprano ICE produces pulses of laser energy to the targeted area, which is absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicles. The heat from the laser energy damages the hair follicles, inhibiting future hair growth. Soprano ICE also uses a cooling mechanism to help protect the skin and make the treatment more comfortable.
Why Should I Choose Coastal Aesthetics For My Laser Facial Treatment?
At Coastal Aesthetics, Kimberlee Smith and her team will help you choose the right type of laser facial treatment for your desired aesthetic goals and create a customized treatment plan for you. If you are ready to see what a difference Coastal Aesthetics can make for you, we invite you to book your consultation online and start your journey to a better you today!
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