Light and Laser Therapy

Laser and light therapy use light energy to improve damaged skin. Laser treatments address extreme skin conditions since they can be light or aggressive treatments. Laser devices use different wavelengths to treat skin conditions from dark spots and irregular texture to broken blood vessels. LED light therapy reduces inflammation on all skin tones. Colored light therapy emits a light which corresponds with a color to provide a direct result on the skin. Red stimulates collagen production and blue kills acne-causing bacteria. Intense Pulsed Light has a pulsing pattern that reduces redness and brown spots.

Ideal candidates for laser and light therapy include patients who are looking for a fresher or more youthful appearance to their skin as well as patients with enlarged or clogged pores. In addition, someone who suffers from frequent acne outbreaks, and those with scarring caused by acne, are good candidates.  In addition, people with melisma (brown or gray patches), facial redness or uneven skin tones are ideal candidates.

The cost of laser and light therapy varies according to the type of laser or light, size of the treatment area and how many treatments are required to attain the desired results. Laser treatments range from $500 to $1250 per treatment. Lighter treatments may need at least 3 sessions while more aggressive treatments only need one. LED light therapy and IPL treatments cost around $500-$800 per treatment. Colored light therapy is in the range of $200 to $350. The cost also fluctuates according to the geographic location of the treatment and fees charged by the doctor or the facility.

The results vary by the type of procedure, initial condition of the skin and the intensity of the treatment. Patients can expect little to no downtime for most light therapy treatments. The skin may appear pink or red but this will subside after a few days. Laser therapy may also appear red with crusting that flakes off in a few days to reveal fresh, smoother skin. Overall, it can take 3 to 6 months to see the final results. The length of the results depends on how well the patient follows instructions given by the doctor. Proper skincare, and keeping the skin protected, can help the results for any of these treatments last for several years.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser Skin Resurfacing

submitted on   Fri Jul, 17, 2015 by Allen Gabriel, MD     
Laser skin resurfacing allows patients to treat fine wrinkles by stimulating the collagen content which improves some of the fine lines. Laser skin resurfacing uses a laser that beams concentrated light to penetrate the skin. In turn, this removes some of the top layers of skin. This treatment...