The Science of Cosmetic Laser Surgery
I often wondered how celebrities maintain the clarity of their skin in spite of piling on layers of make-up when they go out in public and staying up late at night. Although genes is one factor that contributes to the quality of the skin, it is just amazing to see some people who have been blessed to have smooth and fair skin as if caring for them takes no effort at all. No blemishes, no wrinkles, no spots. In one word: flawless! Don’t we all wish we can bring back the skin we used to have when we were babies? I do! Sadly the hazards of everyday living have exposed our skin to free radicals that cause it to be damaged. Stress, pollution, vices and yes, even climate change has a hand in destroying our skin. Staying out in the sun has become more dangerous now than hundreds of years ago when our atmosphere was not as thin as it is at present times. Back then the dangerous UV rays were still filtered well by the atmosphere.
Thankfully, medical technology has found a way to restore the youthfulness of skin that has been subjected to the harsh effects of our lifestyle.
LASER treatment is a non-surgical procedure that has become a popular skin treatment among people who choose to undergo cosmetic procedures to improve their physical features. While laser is being used as a word on its own, it is actually a forgotten acronym that was coined in the 1960’s. It stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. According to Medicine Net, laser is “a powerful beam of light that can produce intense heat when focused at a closed range. No longer is the laser confined to the realms of science fiction! It has found its way into hospitals and clinics and is the weapon of choice to combat the signs of aging.
Cosmetic laser surgery is nothing short of ground-breaking. Since its inception in the 1960’s, laser has been a valuable industrial tool but it has proven its usefulness in the medical industry as well. In the area of facial laser surgery, laser treatment is a popular choice for curing acne. According to Skin Sight, acne laser treatment combines an infrared laser with a skin cooling agent to target oil gland production, which is a key element in the formation of acne.
One of the acne laser treatments available in the market is the diode laser. One of the main causes of acne is the excess amount of oil or sebum combined with dead skin cells that accumulate in the hair follicles in the skin. These two blocks the opening of the hair follicle and when the follicle wall breaks, more oil and dead skin can enter it causing acne. Bacteria can worsen the acne resulting to pus formation and infection. When the acne becomes infected, scarring could develop afterwards. According to May Clinic, diode lasers can destroy the sebaceous glands (glands that produce the oil) in the dermis without harming the outer layer of the skin. Acne laser treatment could be painful but the pain can be managed by applying analgesics to the skin before treatment.
Acne laser treatment comes with a few side effects and is sometimes considered to be more recommendable than antibiotic therapies and over the counter creams and medications. Although a bit of swelling and redness is noted after the procedure, these side effects disappear quickly and post treatment care is very simple. A large percentage of patients who have undergone laser treatment from acne have noticed substantial decrease in the breakouts after a procedure, and more improveme
nt after several sessions. For people who have already developed scarring during the years when they have been battling with acne, there is an option in facial laser surgery that could alleviate and even eliminate the scars. Laser face resurfacing is the fifth most popular non-surgical procedure chosen by women in the United States in 2008, based on statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Laser face resurfacing is a controlled burning procedure that involves the removal of the surface layers of the skin. Aside from acne scars, laser face resurfacing also diminishes wrinkles and lines that have formed on the skin as a result of sun damage and aging. That is why a lot of women who have started to age rely on this treatment in order to get back a new, youthful surface skin.
Fractionated lasers or Fraxel is one of the most common laser treatments being offered today. It targets small areas of the skin leaving other areas that are not damaged, untouched. There are many categories of lasers that are suited for different types of skin conditions. It is important to discuss with your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon the options that you have. A session of laser skin resurfacing can last for 1 to 1 and ½ hours depending on the condition of the skin that will be treated. While healing time is also varied among patients, the effects are long lasting and many people can vouch for its effectiveness.
Don’t Forget Your Peepers!
People who undergo facial laser surgery may also choose to have laser eyelid surgery done in order to experience an entirely new look. Laser eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a new innovation in eyelid surgery that reduces or even removes puffy, sagging skin around the eyes. The result is a rejuvenated appearance, like you have been sleeping for 8 hours a day all your life!
According to DocShop, the distinct advantage of laser eyelid surgery over the conventional blepharoplasty is that the procedure doesn’t use a knife or scalpel to make incisions. Instead, the intense light beam will create a tiny, accurate incision on the eyelid. This also helps the surgeon during the operation because laser minimizes the bleeding, therefore the surgeon can see the eyelid area better.
There are so many laser treatments available today for the discerning customer who wants to improve her facial features. Whether you want to target your skin or your eyes, science has really taken leaps and bounds in recent times and every year new options for cosmetic procedures are becoming available through the services of surgeons and dermatologists. Don’t be afraid to ask around regarding the choices that you have. Do your necessary research and always remember to consult with a qualified practitioner regarding the treatments that you are about to undergo. Good luck!