Lasers have revolutionized the field of dermatology and the way we treat skin. They can even skin tone, smooth skin texture, and reduce wrinkles and scars. Picking the right laser for you depends on what you want treated and the individual characteristics of your skin. Unfortunately, there is no single laser that treats everything.
If you have signs of sun damage, such as sun spots, uneven pigmentation, and dilated blood vessels, treatment with an IPL Photofacial may be best. Usually, a series of 3 – 5 treatments are needed for optimal results. There is no downtime. Risks include burns and scars, so treatment should be performed under the guidance of a board-certified dermatologist.
If you have wrinkles or scars, the best laser treatment seems to be fractional resurfacing. However, this treatment has downtime and may not be right for everyone. Also, fractional resurfacing alone may not provide optimal results. The best results often come from combining various types of treatments including Botox or Dysport and fillers.
If you have dark spots on your face called melasma, lasers are usually not the best first choice. Sometimes, IPL treatments can even make melasma worse. Starting with strict sun protection, a prescription bleach, and chemical peels usually combines the highest potential for benefit with the lowest risk.
As you can see, there is no single laser that is best for everyone. The best treatment for you depends on many factors and is as unique as your skin. In fact, we have found, at our Los Angeles dermatology and liposuction practice, that while lasers are amazing tools, they are not always the best choice for treatment.