The Different Types of Skincare Lasers – Which is Right for You?
Hi skincare junkies!
Don’t you get confused when you hear about the different types of laser treatments that are out there these days? Whether you’re interested in improving skin tone or texture, scar removal, removing unwanted hair, or anti-aging procedures, there is probably a suitable treatment out there for you!
Let’s have a look at the different skincare lasers on the market right now:
1. Carbon Dioxide Laser (CO2)
Did you know that the Carbon Dioxide Laser has been around for decades and is still being used today? This laser works best on people with lighter skin tones. The possible side effects of this laser include the longest downtimes, redness and possible pigmentation issues or scarring if not done correctly.
Treats: Acne scars, deep wrinkles, skin cancer, sun damage, warts and moles.
2. Pulsed Dye Laser
The Pulsed Dye Laser targets blood vessels and shrinks them, therefore improving most vascular skin conditions. This procedure is a great option for those of you looking for less down time – redness usually goes away within a few hours – you can return to your day like normal!
Treats: Stretch marks, spider veins, rosacea, crow’s feet, broken capillaries.
3. Alexandrite Laser
The Alexandrite Laser uses light to heat an area, causing tissue destruction to the specific area. This may sound extreme, but not to worry – it leaves the surrounding area undamaged. A little pain during this treatment is to be expected, but your skin should return to normal after a few days. As with most treatments, this laser can cause possible pigmentation side effects.
Treats: Sun damage, birthmarks, tattoo removal, and also used for laser hair removal.
4. ER: YAG (Erbium Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet)
The ER: YAG (Erbium Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet) Laser treats both moderately deep and surface-level wrinkles and lines. This laser is very effective, but it can cause redness or bruising for up to several weeks. However, the downtime is still faster than the CO2 laser.
Treats: Sun damage, fine to moderate wrinkles, acne scars, pigmentation issues.
5. ND: YAG Laser (Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet)
The ND: YAG (Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet) Laser uses a crystal to emit wavelengths of very high-energy light. The downsides of this laser are possible recurrence of the skincare problem, swelling, as well as the fact that it’s known to be quite painful.
Treats: Spider veins, pigmentation issues, vascular lesions, as well as hair removal.
All laser treatments com with potential side effects, but if done correctly, the risks should be minimal. Talk to an experienced dermatologist about what is right for you.
Have you tried any of these treatments successfully? Let us know in the comments below!