Lasers and light-based laser technologies have developed over the last few decades to treat patients with a variety of different skin problems. Effects of sun damage, removal of body hair and acne reduction are all successfully treated with laser and other light equipment.
The variety of different light colours, light sources, names of lasers and IPLs are overwhelming and can be extremely confusing. In consideration of a laser
versus IPL treatment, it is important to be aware of the type of equipment required for your condition and skin type.
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Laser devices are usually categorised into ablative lasers and non-ablative lasers.
Ablative lasers can effectively remove and resurface the skin using a focused beam of light. They can make a significant improvement to
deep wrinkles, surface wrinkles, skin textures and skin discoloration.
Ablative laser treatments can require
anaesthesia and post-operative down time and care. Following an ablative procedure skin forms a crust, which scabs and flakes before healing. An entire face may take four to six weeks to heal. This type of laser treatment is not usually recommended for darker skins, as the potential pigmentation changes can be long term or permanent. The two main types of laser used for skin resurfacing are Carbon Dioxide (CO2) laser and Erbium Yag lasers. Both of these laser devices operate in a wavelength (or colour of light) that is attracted to water molecules contained in the skin.
Non Ablative lasers
Non-ablative lasers do not remove anything from the skin.
Non ablative lasers pass various wavelengths of light through the skin, leaving the uppermost layer of skin unharmed.
Non-ablative laser and light-based devices are commonly known as diode, pulsed dye etc and can help people with conditions such as
wrinkles, pigmentation, and loss of elasticity of skin, as well as
excess hair growth. There is very little discomfort and downtime associated with the treatment with non-ablative devices.
Developments in the light-based and laser technologies have occurred so rapidly that both, consumers and practitioners can have a
difficult time keeping up with it all.
various claims made by some manufacturers (and repeated by some practitioners) which at times are
not substantiated or supported by clinical trials and practices.
In our view uniform recommendations are not possible in all cases. Remember that providers such as beauty salons, skin clinics or dermatologists may be consciously or unconsciously
biased and subjective towards the systems they happen to operate.
Do your homework, talk to different providers and their patients; read research studies, reviews, industry news and you will make the right decision.
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