For those of us who invest in feeling good in our own skin, sometimes finding the right treatment plan is more challenging than doing the actual work. There’s a lot of buzz around what celebrities are doing and it’s very obvious that a few have had some work done. But there are celebrities who look natural and seem to appear younger the older they get. If you’re anything like me, you want to know what their beauty secret is to give it a try. So, here it is…they get laser facials on the regular.
We’ve all heard it 1,000 times. Our doctors tell us, commercials remind us and our body gives us subtle hints that we’re not as young as we once were. Everything slows down and our organs don’t function as optimally as they used to, which is why we need a little help to maintain our glow.
Now we’re not here to suggest any miracles, but just like anything else, if you do a little bit on a regular basis you can maintain your natural youthfulness. The two treatments we love at our downtown Vancouver laser clinic are laser skin rejuvenation and laser skin tightening. Let’s get right to it. What the heck are they and how will they help you?
What is Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Laser skin rejuvenation works to firm the skin plus it smooths out the skin’s texture and imperfections. It does this by stimulating the regrowth of new and healthy collagen, which means it replaces old and damaged skin with fresh skin. It can also treat a number of skin imperfections.
Cell turnover is where our skin produces new skin cells, which travel from the lowest layer of the epidermis to the top layer before we shed them. This happens every 28 days when we’re in our 20s, every 38 days in our 30s, every 48 days in our 40s and so on. As you can see, as we get a little wiser, our skin’s metabolism slows down and we don’t produce new and youthful skin as fast. This is why skin imperfections, such as blemishes and scars, linger around longer and why we notice the new and unexciting changes in our skin like laxity, lack of glow, fine lines and other pigmented lesions.
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While that information may seem a little daunting, there is a way to fight the aging process. Laser skin rejuvenation speeds up our skin’s metabolism and makes it act like a 20-year-old’s. This laser facial uses Nd: YAG laser technology for non-ablative skin rejuvenation. It’s the perfect “lunchtime pick-me-up” (a session takes 45 to 60 minutes for the whole face) and is ideal for all skin types from super fair to chocolate. Men and women in their 30s to 50s who are seeing fine lines and wrinkles and want to take preventative steps are great candidates. The benefits include:
- Lessens fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduces the overproduction of oil to make skin less greasy and decrease the appearance of enlarged pores
- Clears away toxins in acneic skin to stop recurring breakouts
- Strengthens the skin’s protective barrier to help with sensitive skin issues like rosacea and rosy cheeks
- Stimulates collagen regrowth to lessen the appearance of scars from surgery and trauma
- Improves skin texture for people with dry and flaky skin
If you ever wished there was a painless facial with little to no downtime that could clear up your complexion, get rid of stubborn breakouts, give your skin a glow and make it supple and firm, your dreams have come true. Simply put, laser skin rejuvenation is the way of the future and will replace facials! We suggest to our Vancouver laser skin rejuvenation patients that they come in every three to six months for treatment or as the seasons change to keep that youthful glow. However, treatments can be done as early as two weeks apart if you have a persistent condition like rosacea or acne. We recommend the following treatment breakdown for specific issues:
- Acne: 3-6 sessions at two weeks apart to clear away acne and scars and then maintenance treatments as needed
- Rosacea (sensitive skin): 3-6 sessions at four weeks apart and maintenance treatments every three months
- Aging (lax skin or fine lines): 3-6 sessions at four weeks apart and maintenance treatments every three months
- Uneven skin tone or texture: Sessions every two to three months or as needed when skin looks dull
- Scars from surgery: 1 session every four weeks until the desired look is achieved
Repeat treatments provide lasting and incremental results that reverse the signs of aging but it’s also great for special occasions or for your regular maintenance regimen.
What is Laser Skin Tightening
Laser skin tightening works to firm droopy skin around the mouth and eyes. It also tightens and smooths out fine lines and wrinkles. Our skin is held together by elastic bonds called elastin (imagine them as the wires in a mattress that hold it firm). As we age, these bonds start to separate from one another making the skin less bouncy. As we said before, collagen is another component of youthful skin. It’s abundance helps to keep the skin tight, soft, elastic and wrinkle free. Our bodies produce 1% less collagen every year we get older. This decrease can be more rapid depending on sun damage, diet, stress or lack of proper skin care habits. Laser skin tightening firms those elastic bonds to bring back skin’s bounciness making it more supple and firm. It also increases the production of collagen to restore the skin’s natural volume and lessen wrinkles.
Ideal candidates include men and women in their 30s and 40s who notice fine lines and wrinkles and want to take preventative measures, those in their 50s and 60s who want to tighten lax skin while maintaining a natural look and anyone who wants to get results without injections or surgery. Treatments are done four weeks apart and take about 45 minutes per area (you may choose between the upper half of the face to focus around the eyes or the lower half of the face for special attention around the mouth). The number of treatments and frequency varies by age:
- Those in their 20s: 1 treatment every six months
- Those in their 30s: 1-2 sessions every four weeks and maintenance treatments every three to six months
- Those in their 40s: 2-3 sessions every four weeks and maintenance treatments every three to six months.
- Those in their 50s+: 3-5 sessions every four weeks and maintenance every three to six months
Immediately after a session, tightening and firming is evident. Over the next few weeks and months, you’ll see the volume from the collagen formed, which smooths out your fine lines and wrinkles. It’s quite dreamy!
What’s the Difference Between the Two Treatments?
Laser skin rejuvenation works to restore both textural imperfections and uneven complexion while firming the skin. Laser skin tightening works to tighten lax skin and clear away fine lines and wrinkles. Can both treatments be done? Yes! They target different skin care needs. We find that most of us with skin imperfections also have signs of premature aging. Why not tackle both to maintain a more youthful look and feel? I myself do skin tightening every so often to boost natural volume and firming. I also do skin rejuvenation as the seasons change to get my glow on, even out dull skin and fend off occasional breakouts.
What are your skin imperfections? If you’ve read over the benefits of both treatments and are interested in Vancouver laser skin rejuvenation or skin tightening, book your free consultation today with NuAGE Laser. We’ll create a treatment plan that targets your unique needs to rejuvenate the building blocks of healthy, young and flawless skin for an ageless look.