As you read this article, you’ll learn how LaseMD works and how you can benefit from treatments:
- A laser is used to create micro-channels beneath the skin’s surface and prompt collagen production
- The procedure typically takes 20 minutes
- It can reduce the appearance of scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and even sun damage
Our lives show on our skin; the laughter becomes fine lines, the days spent by the pool become sun damage, and embarrassing teen acne becomes scars. But what if skin revitalization took less time than a lunch break?
Dr. Vanderloos is proud to offer LaseMD treatments to Shreveport, LA, residents who want to look younger without the hassle of surgery. This FDA-approved laser treatment affects a wide variety of blemishes and gets you back to the office the same day.
How It Works
LaseMD is based on a “thulium” crystal which is different from any other lasers (which use carbon dioxide) and allows it to be used on any skin tone and during any time of year (both of which is unlike most lasers – only certain skin tones and never during summer months)
Lasers are literally made of light, which allows them to penetrate skin layers without affecting them. LaseMD lasers bypass the epidermis to send heat into the deeper layers of skin where new cells are waiting.
Taking Advantage of the Body’s Natural Healing Process
When your skin is damaged, it produces collagen during the healing process. Collagen makes skin elastic, so it’s beneficial if you want to look more youthful. The heat generated by the laser is so finely tuned that it won’t hurt your skin, but it will prompt a healing response.
What to Expect During Treatment
When you schedule your appointment at our Shreveport, LA, clinic, your technician will review the treatment process in detail and answer any questions you have. The process itself is incredibly short – you may even be able to do it on your lunch break, depending on the level of laser used.
Since the laser produces heat, patients will experience sensations during the procedure. However, there’s no burning or pain — most patients describe a “tingling” sensation instead. The sensation may be more intense if you choose one of the higher-level treatments.
Most LaseMD sessions take around 20 minutes. That leaves you enough time to grab a quick bite on your way back to work.
With three different levels of treatment, you can customize your procedure to target your concerns. Additionally, the laser can be adjusted to accommodate your comfort and skin type.
What to Expect After Treatment
Since this treatment relies on the body’s natural healing process, you may notice some temporary inflammation in the affected areas. The good news is, this only lasts a short time, and the results are immediately noticeable once the inflammation subsides.
Most patients notice results within hours of treatment:
- Softer skin
- More even skin tone
- Smoother texture
Immediately after the procedure, the treated area may appear pink. This flush is expected as part of the immune response and will go away, though how soon it disappears depends on the intensity of your treatment:
- Color usually recedes a week after a deep treatment
- Color usually recedes two to four days after a medium treatment
- Color usually recedes four to six hours after a mild treatment
You can speed the reduction of pinkness by applying ice to the affected area.
Several Months of Improved Skin
The effects of LaseMD skin revitalization generally last between four and six months. However, some patients have seen results last as long as a year. To treat intense scarring or to extend the effects, you can schedule regular treatments with a few months in between.
How to Care for Your Skin After Treatment
Just like with any procedure, there are a few steps you need to take afterward to ensure your body heals well and you get the full effects. Fortunately, there are no medications necessary, and you can fully resume normal activities within two weeks.
Use Sun Protection
You should always use sun protection when you leave the house, as it can prevent cancer, blemishes, and wrinkles. However, it’s especially important after LaseMD treatment, as your skin will be more sensitive. Make sure to avoid sun exposure for at least a week after your session.
Don’t Use Cosmetics
You may be tempted to cover up the lingering pinkness with concealer, but hold that thought. While your skin is still recovering, it’s best to avoid heavy cosmetics that can clog pores and irritate sensitive skin. Instead, wait until all signs of inflammation have disappeared before you apply that foundation.
Your skin will need lots of moisture to heal properly, so make sure you’re keeping it hydrated with moisturizer and serums. However, don’t go overboard with heavy creams, as that can cause acne from clogged pores. Instead, stick to your regular skincare routine and add a little extra care if your skin is drier than normal.
Avoid Alcohol in Cosmetic Products
Alcohol is incredibly drying, but it’s surprisingly common in makeup and cleansers. Since your skin needs to stay hydrated during recovery, you should check the ingredients on your cosmetics and avoid anything that contains alcohol.
What LaseMD Can Treat
LaseMD can treat a wide variety of surface imperfections. While they may not completely vanish, they’ll become significantly less noticeable with only one session.
Sun damage can appear as discoloration, but the effects actually go beneath the surface. With the highest level of LaseMD treatment, you can reduce the appearance of sun damage.
Melasma can cause discoloration on the face, which makes some patients self-conscious. The good news is, the lowest level of LaseMD can significantly reduce pigmentation.
If you have uneven skin texture, LaseMD can help. Just one session can create a more even, smoother skin texture.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
These signs of aging are hard to avoid, even if you stay out of the sun and moisturize daily. Fortunately, LaseMD can reduce mild to moderate wrinkles as well as sagging skin.
LaseMD can help with acne scars as well as other types of scarring. In fact, reducing the appearance of scars is one of its top effects.
Why Choose LaseMD
So, why choose LaseMD over other skin revitalization methods? While many laser treatments can be painful and require downtime, LaseMD gets results without interrupting your routine.
No Surface Damage
Many treatments use ablative lasers, which affect the epidermis and cause blistering, redness, and even burns. The results could be painful and even leave scarring if the procedure wasn’t done correctly. LaseMD treatments focus on the layers below the epidermis without harming it.
Depending on the level of treatment, the mild side effects of LaseMD can be completely gone in just a few hours. Even non-invasive, abrasive laser treatments usually require a few days of downtime, but with LaseMD, you don’t have to pause your busy day.
Are you located near Shreveport, LA, and interested in skin revitalization? Then it’s time to contact Dr. Vanderloos. You can receive LaseMD and other treatments at our med spa. For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 318-865-4333 or contact us online.
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