Laser/light Therapy for Wrinkles (clear lift)

Laser/light therapy is a non-invasive procedure, which uses light energy to repair skin cells and rejuvenate the skin. The process reduces the dependency on medication after treatment, and the outcomes are usually very good with fast recovery rate compared to ablative lasers. There is almost zero downtime.

Why opt for laser/light therapy for wrinkles?

There are many benefits of laser/light therapy for wrinkles, including

  • Lesser dependency on pain medication
  • Enhanced energy for treated area skin cells
  • Better healing response
  • Better collagen production for new skin cells
  • Improved lymphatic drainage, which reduces swelling
  • Betterment in blood circulation in treated area
  • Limited inflammation.

Things to know

The process of laser/light therapy for wrinkles involves using low-level laser to the treatment area. The laser basically transmits photons in the wrinkled skin, in depth of three inches. The red laser light is then absorbed by Mitochondria, which increases the level of adenosine triphosphate. The increase in adenosine triphosphate enhances production of healthy cells. The collagen production is also enhanced, which in turn reduces the process of scar tissue formation.

What are the possible risks?

As with most cosmetic procedures, there are a few risks, which can be reduced when the case is being handled by an experienced dermatologist. Risks include

  • Pain and swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Infections
  • Bleeding
  • Crusting and scarring

What are the costs?

In general, laser/light therapy for wrinkled skin is treated as a cosmetic procedure, and hence, insurance doesn’t compensate for the costs. The overall cost and estimate can be best given by the doctor, after checking the treatment area.

Getting prepared for the procedure

Before you undergo laser/light therapy for wrinkled skin,

Usually, your doctor will take a physical exam and check the medical history. Also, he will talk of the possible outcomes of the procedure, along with risks. There are few things that the doctor may suggest to the patient.

  • Avoid sun exposure, collagen injections, skin peel masks and waxing for at least a fortnight before the procedure
  • Avoid all possible fragrances, deodorants and products both before and after the procedure on the treated area.
  • Doctors may also ask to avoid a few supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs that may cause bleeding.

After effects of the procedure

The effects of laser/light therapy for wrinkled skin may be not be visible straight way. However, there may be a few post- procedural issues, like

  • The treated area may appear to be red for next few hours (up to eight hours)
  • Some patients do experience a stinging sensation, which should reduce over the next six hours. Doctors usually advice on using cold packs to reduce the sensation.
  • There may be mild swelling, which will reduce with time.

Also, here are some after-care steps to know-

  1. Avoid makeup for next 24 hours
  2. Keep the treated areas clean and moisturized at all times
  3. Your doctor may suggest a few ointments and medicines, which should be applied on the treated area.

Always talk to an experienced doctor before you consider the procedure!