Lasers have come a long way in the last few years. Today they are used extensively in many different fields, including plastic surgery. While in the past, laser treatments were limited to procedures such as skin resurfacing, a number of different treatments now exist that use lasers as the foundation. Today, lasers help surgeons and patients achieve amazing results ranging from skin resurfacing to tattoo removal, to even fat reduction. Let’s take a look at some of the ways lasers can improve the body’s aesthetics and help patients achieve their goals.
Classic Laser Treatments: Skin Resurfacing
Various types of laser resurfacing treatments are available today, ranging from the invasive and highly effective carbon dioxide lasers to gentler treatments that offer subtle skin refreshing and anti-aging results. Laser resurfacing works by heating the deep layers of skin to carefully destroy damaged cells and encourage the formation of new skin and collagen. Collagen is the component in skin that lends firmness, elasticity, and youth, but decreases production with age.
Laser skin resurfacing varies in procedure and recovery based on the type, but full face resurfacing with the carbon dioxide laser can necessitate a recovery period of several weeks. During this time, the skin will peel gradually, being replaced by fresh, new skin. Full resurfacing can have dramatic anti-aging effects that may last for years.
SmartLipo has become a great option for spot fat reduction in the last few years. In the past, liposuction was a fairly invasive procedure involving a certain amount of trauma to the treated area. Laser technology has improved on the basics of liposuction to make for a gentle, yet effective procedure. Tiny incisions are made in the area to be treated, and a small thin tube containing a laser fiber is inserted into the tube. The heat of the laser gently melts the fat so it can be suctioned out for a smooth contour. The heat also helps to tighten skin, which is a huge benefit of the new technique. Skin retraction is essential for good results from liposuction, and the SmartLipo method makes this easier than ever.
Recovery from SmartLipo is less intensive than for other liposuction techniques, and patients can usually be back to work within a few days. Liposuction is ideal for removing small, localized fat deposits that do not respond to traditional methods of fat loss. SmartLipo is so gentle, it can even be used on sensitive areas like the chin and knees.
Lasers aren’t the only option you have for cosmetic enhancement. There are other treatments available for rejuvenating the aging face, reshaping the face or body, or improving skin quality. No matter what you are interested in accomplishing, there is likely a treatment (or multiple treatments!) available for addressing the problem. You will simply need to have your needs and candidacy assessed by a qualified plastic surgeon and discuss the possibilities.
A Laser Professional
While lasers may seem like a less extreme option than surgery, they can cause complications or poor results if not used correctly. Because of this, you should be very careful when choosing your provider, and only choose a board certified plastic surgeon to perform your treatment, regardless of your goals. Our team at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery has many years of experience helping patients meet their goals with a variety of treatments. If you are interested in cosmetic treatments or surgery for almost any reason, our talented, board certified staff have you covered. Call 866-487-3223 today to schedule your complimentary consultation.