When it comes to skincare treatments the biggest problem you will encounter is not the lack of them. Instead, you are likely to be overwhelmed by just how many procedures and treatments there are to clear up unwanted skin issues. Choosing between them can be difficult at the best of times. When you are desperate to clear up a skin condition making the right choice can be even harder, but examining your choices ahead of time can help. Here’s a brief overview of some of the top laser and non-laser skincare choices.
Treating Skin Problems Using Light Therapy
When you hear the term “light therapy” you may think of lasers. However, lasers are not the same as mild light therapy options. In fact, intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy uses an entirely different type of light to cause cellular healing. IPL also does not produce nearly as much heat as laser treatment, making it a better option if you have concerns about any pain from the procedure. However, due to the fact that IPL is less intense than laser therapy it is only useful for treating mild skin issues. More advanced skin wrinkling or sagging will require other types of clinical skincare intervention.
How Lasers Differ from Mild Light Therapy
Although lasers are similar to general light therapy in that both use light, laser light is a completely different form of light. Lasers also use more focused light beams, giving them a level of accuracy not achieved by lesser light therapies. That’s why skincare clinics have used medical laser techniques successfully to treat so many different types of skin issues for so long. Lasers also differ from intense pulsed light therapy because so many different kinds of lasers exist and are capable of treating a diverse group of skin concerns.
Ablative lasers are usually used in resurfacing treatments. They strip away debris and remove dead skin cells to help healthy cells take over. Such treatments can be useful if you feel that your skin is looking dull. Non-ablative lasers can be used for the same general purpose of skin revitalization but typically take longer to show positive effects because they encourage the body to start healing itself, which is a process that can take time. The potential benefit of choosing a non-ablative treatment is that non-ablative procedures come with lower side effect risks, but even ablative procedures are typically quite safe as long as you take the time to undergo a skin assessment and be matched up with the proper laser device.
Treating Skin Problems Without Laser Devices or Light Therapy
Of course, lasers and light therapy are not the only clinical ways to cure skin ailments. One other option which can produce similar results to light therapy is sound wave treatment. Both radiofrequency and ultrasound therapy can stimulate reparations deep down within your skin cells. But other treatments can provide faster and more intense results. Among them are surface peels done using microdermabrasion tools, as well as chemical peels.
Assessing Your Skin to Choose a Treatment
Regardless of the skin problems you face, undergoing a skin assessment is imperative if you want to choose the best treatment. Your dermatologist or a trained skincare clinician can help you by explaining your available skincare treatment options based on your skin thickness, colour, and condition. He or she will also tell you about the potential side effects associated with each skin care treatment for which you qualify, as well as the type of results you can expect. Only then can you accurately decide whether to use a laser or non-laser skincare treatment to help you reclaim healthier skin.