First impressions are tricky, especially when you consider that so much of that first impression is determined, for better or worse, by your outward appearance. Whenever you meet someone, the face is the first place that you move your attention to.
So it is natural to feel self-conscious or have a drop of confidence in social settings when you know your appearance is not living up to your expectations. Fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars and discoloration can have a substantial impact on your appearance. The worst part for many people is that there is very little you can do to avoid most of these conditions from developing.
But, while you can’t slow down the aging process or avoid every single environmental factor, there are treatments available to help mitigate and reduce those blemishes once they have developed. Laser resurfacing — performed close to 600,000 times in 2019, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons — is one of those options. Of all the laser resurfacing options, LaseMD has risen to the top as one of the most versatile and effective.
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What Is LaseMD?
To understand how LaseMD works and why it is such a sought-after treatment, you have to understand a few key features of its technology first. To begin, LaseMD is non-ablative, which means that it does not remove the top layer of your skin during treatment. This is an important difference between LaseMD and many other lasering treatments that are ablative and completely remove your skin’s top layer.
Another key difference is that LaseMD uses fractional laser technology, meaning that the laser energy that is delivered to your skin is broken up into countless microscopic treatment zones, whereas other treatment options direct energy to 100% of the treatment area.
As with any laser treatment, LaseMD uses a medical-grade device to deliver laser energy to the underlying layers of the skin, creating thousands of micro-channels. These tiny, microscopic lesions in the face trigger the body’s natural healing process, which then corrects a variety of issues regarding skin laxity, discoloration and textural inconsistency.
By maintaining the top layer of the skin and breaking up the energy of the laser, LaseMD achieves results comparable or greater to other lasering methods while decreasing the amount of downtime you will have after the treatment.
What Does LaseMD Treat?
Here is a list of some of the most common conditions that LaseMD can treat:
- Skin laxity or drooping
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Hair loss
- Sun damage
- Epidermal melasma
- Acne scarring
- Epidermal Melasma
- Actinic keratosis
Before and After
In the last 20 or so years, laser resurfacing has more than tripled in popularity, according to a recent report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. So what can you and thousands of others who plan to get this treatment performed expect to experience before and during the actual procedure?
Here’s the good news: there is only good news. LaseMD is a fast and effective procedure that can be completed in less than an hour. (Many of our patients even come in during their lunchtimes.) It requires no anesthesia or incisions. During your LaseMD procedure, one of our medical professionals will use the medical device to apply fractionated laser energy to the targeted areas on your face.
Most patients report that they only felt a warm tingling sensation throughout the procedure, but this will depend on the extent of the correction being made and your individual pain thresholds. Regardless of their treatment specifics, most patients only ever report feeling mild pain or discomfort, so the pain is not something to be worried about.
Your specific recovery will vary depending on your unique anatomy and the extent of your treatment. In most instances, you can expect approximately four to six hours of mild redness directly after the procedure. In the most extreme cases that require high levels of laser therapy, redness and minor flaking can persist for up to seven days.
During your recovery, you will want to do your best to avoid sun exposure as much as possible. Your medical professional may provide additional guidelines before or after your procedure. Following these guidelines is probably the best way to ensure you have the best results and safest recovery possible.
Since your body’s natural healing process forms the results, there is variance in how soon optimal results are achieved. As a general rule, significant results are noticeable about 10 days after the procedure and gradually improve for about 10 to 12 weeks. Smaller, more subtle changes and improvements can still occur for up to six months after the procedure.
Aside from your body’s reaction to the treatment, there is one other factor that determines the success of your results: the skill and experience of your medical professional. By seeking out highly trained professionals like those at Northcoast Laser Cosmetics, you are giving yourself a better chance of achieving your aesthetic goals.
LaseMD can provide stellar results as a standalone procedure, but those results can be improved even further when combined into a combination procedure like Total Skin Solution or Revitalizing Radiant Treatment.
Total Skin Solution combines the benefits of LaseMD with Lutronic Genius radiofrequency microneedling, a treatment very similar to LaseMD. Whereas LaseMD uses laser technology to create micro-channels throughout the underlying skin tissue, radiofrequency microneedling uses a handheld device to administer dozens of microscopic needles into the same tissue. RF energy is delivered through the needles into the skin, creating similar effects to what LaseMD achieves.
While the approach is the same, both LaseMD and RF microneedling reach different layers of the skin, which is why combining them yields exponentially better results.
Revitalizing Radiant Treatment is a combination procedure that utilizes both LaseMD and the Clarity II Skin Tightenting. Clarity II is able to reach deeper dermal layers in the skin that might be missed during LaseMD treatment to further promote collagen production. It also has the unique advantage of being able to more precisely control the layers that are being reached through a variety of attachments.
Each approach has its advantages. For example, TSS (specifically Lutronic Genius microneedling) is the gold standard for treating acne scars, but it might come at the cost of being slightly more painful than other procedures.
The only way to know which treatment will best fit your goals is to schedule a consultation with Northcoast Laser Cosmetics. During the consultation, your medical professional will examine your anatomy, review your medical history and listen intently to your goals. Together, you will then decide the best treatment plan to achieve those goals.
If you have any blemishing or conditions caused by environmental factors or the aging process, like fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration or textural issues, then it is likely that you are a candidate for LaseMD, TSS or RRT. It is important to remember that the best candidates are well aware of what can be accomplished through any of these treatments to avoid disappointment from unrealistic expectations.