Laser Procedures and Other Ways to Fix Damaged Skin
Which treatment works best for you and should you weigh an option against others before deciding ?
There are a lot of things that can potentially damage your skin during your lifetime. The ones that most people thing about are the sun and harsh chemicals. Well, those are both major contributing factors, and you should try your best to protect your skin from them. But no matter how well you care for your skin, it will still develop certain issues eventually, just as a natural part of aging or your own genetics.
For instance, some people are genetically predisposed to having extra oily skin. Those added skin oils can lead to excessive acne outbreaks. Also, everyone on Earth has certain components in their bodies that strengthen the skin, such as collagen and elastin. As we all age, our levels of those components go down naturally. That can lead to wrinkles and skin sags later in life. But the good news is that you can fix a lot of that damage with lasers or other treatments.
Skin Treatment Research is Very Important
Before you start using aesthetic devices like lasers or any other types of skin treatments, you have to take the time to research them. That research is crucial in deciding which one will work best for you.
First, learn about the treatment itself. What specific skin conditions can it treat? Some treatments, like certain types of laser procedures, can be used to treat not just wrinkles, but also other skin conditions. Others, such as Botox injections, are specifically meant to treat wrinkles or sagging skin, but are useless for treating scars or discolored patches of skin. Not only that, but some types of skin treatments show results faster than others.
Second, you have to familiarize yourself with your skin. Does it tend to be dry or oily? Does it often peel or crack? Is it relatively thick or thin in the area you want to treat? All of those things, as well as the color of your skin and underlying medical issues like acne, can mean the difference between success and failure when you try certain skin treatments.
What to Expect from Common Skin Treatments
Certain common skin treatments, such as Botox injections, show almost immediate results. Others, like skin creams and lotions, might take weeks of repeated use before they make your skin look any better. So, that’s definitely important to consider.
Then there are treatments like laser procedures, which fall into so many categories that exact times before you will see results are hard to predict. If you have a laser treatment designed to lighten scars or perform a laser peel (resurface your skin), you might start seeing results after a treatment or two. If, on the other hand, you are having a more generalized laser treatment to encourage your body to make more collagen and repair itself, you might need a lot more treatments before your skin starts to look better.
Keep in mind that lasers, Botox injections, and the application of lotions or creams are only a few of your options. You might decide to try a chemical peel, intense pulsed light therapy, sound wave therapy, or microdermabrasion instead. You could also opt for other treatment types entirely, but the point is that you need to take the time necessary to identify the skin treatment that is most likely to fix your damaged skin.