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4 Misconceptions About Laser Therapy

Posted May 03, 2021 in Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Treatment

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Laser skin therapy continues to be a popular option to treat many aesthetic surface conditions, from wrinkles and laxity to hyperpigmentation and acne scars. 

While such treatments can make the skin appear more youthful and rejuvenated, the internet has helped perpetuate several misconceptions about laser therapy that may make some turn away from these highly effective treatments. 

Some of the most common myths are discussed below.

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1. Laser Treatments Are Damaging to the Skin

A common belief is that laser treatments actually damage the skin. Some people believe that laser therapy breaks down the skin and causes more damage than good. 

This isn’t true. 

Laser therapy encourages collagen production, which thickens the skin, strengthens its structure, and improves its appearance. 

While it won’t prevent aging, laser therapy will slow the aging process because of the increased collagen. So while treatments, such as Contour TRL™, may appear to be damaging to the skin initially, the exact opposite is happening. 

The Contour TRL™ is safe and effective for hard-to-treat skin problems.

2. Laser Treatments Are Painful

Because laser procedures generate and treat by using heat, it is thought that laser therapy is painful. While laser therapy may cause some discomfort, it is usually not painful. 

Topical anesthesia and cooling devices can be used to alleviate any pain during the treatment. You may require anesthesia, or you may need none at all, depending on the extent of treatment you require. 

For instance, the Microlaser Peel is a treatment that can be used for a light peel or for a full resurfacing—your anesthesia needs will depend on the specifics.

3. All Laser Treatments Are the Same

Not all laser treatments are the same. There are two primary types of treatment: ablative and non-ablative. 

  • Ablative laser therapy is ideal for someone with deep wrinkles, sun damage, and sagging skin. It often produces more dramatic results but requires up to a week of downtime for the skin to heal. This is because the upper layers of skin will flake off, exposing the healthier skin below.
  • Non-ablative treatments are less intense, and there is no downtime because it does not cause the upper layers of skin to peel. Halo™ combines the two techniques to give your skin a youthful glow as it repairs years of sun damage and slows the aging process.

4. Laser Treatments Don’t Actually Work

It is important to have realistic expectations when contemplating laser treatments. Such treatments won’t stop the aging process and will not completely eliminate wrinkles and other imperfections. 

However, these treatments are very effective for dramatically improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Additionally, you can expect improved skin tone and a more youthful appearance. 

A very effective treatment is the Forever Young BBL™. This treatment uses broadband light therapy to improve the skin’s appearance by correcting sun damage and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Interested in Learning More?

If you are ready to take the next step, contact Louis A. Bonaldi, M.D., F.A.C.S, Center for Plastic Surgery by calling (775) 238-3051 or filling out our online contact form.