Designed to eliminate age-related skin changes, provoked by endogenous and exogenous factors. Non-ablative laser rejuvenation is also called "thermal lift". Its effect is similar to the effect of radio wave facelift, but the procedures have some fundamental differences.
The essence of laser resurfacing
Non-ablative laser rejuvenation is built on the conversion of light energy into heat. Thermal effect has a beneficial effect on metabolic and biochemical reactions in the cell and the extracellular matrix of the skin. In particular, the process starts the formation of new collagen fibers.
Non-ablative laser rejuvenation of the tissue are heated to 45-85°C, which is insufficient for complete ablation (temperature of evaporation), but the process is enough to start the process of denaturation and coagulation of the most important proteins in our skin, collagen and etc. radiation is absorbed by the skin substances, and then, bypassing the epidermis, partially penetrates into the dermis, providing also an antibacterial effect.
The main goal of laser resurfacing – prevention of the progression of age-related changes and improvement of qualitative characteristics of the skin. The procedure is recommended in patients 25-40 years to maintain youthful skin. In some cases it is prescribed for medical reasons (for example, in the treatment of chronic acne).
For such a laser treatment, there are different types of lasers: neodymium, diode, erbium (erbium-glass). Wavelength ranges 532-1540 nm.
Indications for laser rejuvenation
Indications for laser rejuvenation are the following problems:
- Porosity and pasty skin;
- "Tired" facial appearance;
- Weak skin hyperpigmentation and hyperkeratosis;
- The first mimic, mesh or linear wrinkles;
- Loss of turgor and skin tone on the face, neck, and decollete;
- Dilated subcutaneous vessels;
- Dull complexion;
- Dehydration of the skin;
- Acne and post-acne.
Varieties of laser resurfacing
Non-ablative laser rejuvenation may be solid and the fractional method. In the first case, exposure is carried out on the entire surface of the skin, and in the second the laser works on specific points (fraction). The specific type of procedure is chosen by the beautician on the basis of the testimony and of the original data.
Non-ablative laser rejuvenation is less traumatic in any way. The surface layer of skin is not subjected to degradation or destruction, so the rehabilitation period is missing. Rejuvenating effect of the procedure is slow and has a tendency to accumulate. The goal of laser resurfacing is gradual dermal remodeling.
The relative disadvantage of laser resurfacing is the necessity of completing a full cycle of treatments. Usually to achieve good results takes 3 to 10 sessions with a time interval of 10-30 days. When treating acne/post acne, this therapy allows to achieve the best results.
Rehabilitation is simple, so the patient does not feel any characteristic of her discomfort and the need for prolonged recovery.
The recovery period
Characteristic of laser peels and resurfacing complications or consequences of the procedure, laser rejuvenation hardly felt. In the first 1-2 days may slight redness and increased skin temperature. Then these symptoms disappear, not leaving behind even peeling.
Rehabilitation after laser resurfacing does not require patient restrictions and medical manipulations, however, the cosmetologist should give you a recommendation to consolidate the obtained effect.
Non-ablative laser rejuvenation can be safely attributed to procedures "lunch break" – immediately after its completion, the patient can return to normal activities and to interact with people, not hesitating of the appearance.
It should be understood that non-ablative laser resurfacing is in fact therapeutic, too soft and "tender" procedure, so to expect it of effect comparable with the effect of a surgical facelift - is naive. The procedure is suitable to maintain the face skin healthy and young state, but does not assume global anti-age results. Patients with obvious ptosis and sagging skin, dark and rich pigmentation, loose wrinkles and folds is more suitable for classical laser resurfacing or "fractional resurfacing" treatments with another activity.
The result of laser resurfacing
The result of laser resurfacing will be a number of positive changes:
- The narrowing and reduction of pores;
- The evenness of the skin's surface;
- Fresh, homogeneous, beautiful shade of skin;
- To increase the elasticity and contractility of the skin;
- Smoothing superficial skin wrinkles;
- Soft, velvety, matte skin.
Non-ablative laser rejuvenation is suitable for those who want to protect against early aging, and those who do not consume a more aggressive laser treatments.
A key condition to achieve visible effects of laser resurfacing – the following quantitative and interval scheme procedures chosen by the beautician.