Fine lines and wrinkles can be greatly reduced by laser skin treatment, but which one?
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by Jess Lacey
21.04.22 (Updated 26.09.23)
As skin ages, it loses its natural elasticity, becoming both thinner and less resilient against external stressors such as UV light and pollution. Skin cells start to lose their ability to regenerate and this causes the formation of sagging and wrinkles. However, medical research supports that by transferring focused light energy from a laser source directly into skin cells, they can be recharged and begin acting like their much younger selves.
Can laser treatment remove wrinkles?
Laser treatment has been scientifically proven to be a highly effective technique to reduce and often remove wrinkles and fine lines altogether , and dermatologists often recommend laser treatment for fine lines.
By causing microdamage and heating the water content in the top epidermal skin cells, in-clinic lasers cause the skin to switch into repair mode, increasing collagen production and therefore plumping out wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet for a smoother skin surface. All laser technologies should have evidence of being scientifically proven and meet safety standards set by official governing bodies . The LYMA Laser has been rigorously investigated and cleared in the UK and by the FDA in the US.
Laser for wrinkles before and after.
Medical studies and board certifications are imperative to check but seeing real-life results can often be the most compelling factor when choosing the right skin laser treatment for you. LYMA Laser customers report visible improvements in their skin within a matter of weeks and full transformations in months from daily at-home use of the Laser. Photographic journaling by LYMA customers shows proof of the LYMA Laser diminishing fine lines, plumping out wrinkles and lifting sagging skin all over the face including the delicate eye area. What’s more, further use of the LYMA Laser on wrinkles present across other areas of the body such as a crepey chest, loose skin under the arms and sagging skin on the knees, proves that the LYMA Laser can achieve impressive results anywhere on the body.
Case Study: The image below is a before and after photo showing loose, sagging skin on knees of a 47 year old.
Results: Sagging skin on knees improved by the LYMA Laser. Skin is smoother, tighter, visibly lifted and looks younger.
Treatment: From 15 minutes daily use, over three months.
Case Study: The image below is a before and after photo showing extensive chest wrinkles, crepey skin and fine lines from accumulated sun damage on chest.
Results: Skin texture is improved by use of LYMA Laser for chest wrinkles and heavily creased decolletage now appears smoother, with a brighter skin tone.
Treatment: From 30 minutes daily use, over three months.
How many types of skin laser treatments are there for loose skin and wrinkles?
In a word, many laser rejuvenation treatments can refer to fully ablative laser resurfacing that removes the epidermal layer to achieve dramatic results or non-ablative laser techniques that heat the lower levels of skin instead. The type of skin laser treatment required depends on the quality of the skin and the depth of the wrinkles being treated .
In-clinic CO2 laser resurfacing
CO2 laser resurfacing is amongst the most intensive laser skin resurfacing treatments available. An ablative in-clinic laser resurfacing technique, CO2 lasers are extremely powerful and can remove the entire top layer of skin for dramatic results. This is why dermatologists often reserve CO2 ablative laser resurfacing for more mature clients with deep and established wrinkles.
What are the CO2 laser resurfacing complications?
The more powerful the laser, the more direct trauma it causes the skin, resulting in a higher risk of negative reactions and side effects. As fully ablative lasers, CO2 lasers create acute injury to the skin and therefore carry a heightened risk of scarring, swelling, infection and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones.
How Long does CO2 laser resurfacing take to heal?
CO2 laser treatment has the longest recovery time of all laser resurfacing treatments. In most cases, patients are unable to leave the house for ten days and must avoid all sunlight for four weeks. Skin can take up to six months to heal fully following CO2 laser resurfacing treatment.
What is the cost of CO2 laser resurfacing?
CO2 laser resurfacing is expensive and commonly costs around £3000. Though it’s often the case that only one session is required, additional costs including pain relief and post-care products are common.
The Fraxel: The most Popular CO2 fractional laser
The Fraxel is a brand of CO2 fractional laser that has come to define the category. It works by creating micro injuries to the skin in a methodical, grid-like formation. This stimulates collagen below the surface to soften fine lines and smooth out wrinkles and because it’s able to treat specific areas in a pixelated manner, the Fraxel has gained a cult following and has become the go-to laser for wrinkles in recent years .
Types of Fraxel procedures, downtime, risks and precautions
Fraxel laser treatment is often chosen for improving the skin’s surface and appearance to make skin smoother and more even in tone . The smoother the skin’s surface, the more light can bounce off it and create a glowing appearance. This is why the Fraxel laser is widely used to treat the introduction of wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet. However, the mass normalisation of Fraxel laser treatment does not detract from the intensity of the laser and trauma it causes the skin in order to get the desired results. Ablative fractional lasers get dramatic results by significantly wounding the skin, forcing it to focus all cell function on repair and collagen synthesis. Non-ablative Fraxel lasers do not wound the skin but they do heat up the water content in the lower levels of skin to trigger the collagen response.
Estimated cost of the Fraxel laser treatment.
Although difficult to accurately predict how many fractional laser treatments are needed, multiple sessions are required, spread across a series of months. It’s usual to require between 2 and 6 sessions, therefore results may take a long time to achieve. CO2 fractional laser treatment is priced per session so laser treatment for wrinkles can cost anywhere from £250 to £2,000 depending on the number of sessions required.
Pain, damage to the skin and side effects of the Fraxel laser.
The focused, intense power of Fraxel lasers means whether ablative or non-ablative, the discomfort level is high and the full recovery time can be lengthy. Numbing cream is regularly applied before Fraxel laser treatment although pain depends heavily on patient tolerance.
Risks and complications: many skin types and tones are not suitable for Fraxel laser, specifically darker skin tones which are more likely to encounter post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
What is the best at-home laser for face wrinkles?
If you’ve found yourself searching, ‘What is the best laser for wrinkles in 2023?’, you’ll no doubt have been met with a barrage of guides to the latest laser treatment for face wrinkles and laser for wrinkles reviews. The truth is that the world of professional clinic lasers is contradictory, complex and costly. Laser technologies vary greatly in their approaches and suitabilities, and then there’s the challenge of finding a trusted clinic. CO2 laser under eye treatment can cost £1000-£2000 and this is why there’s an increasing popularity for at-home laser treatment.
Customer reviews increasingly show the LYMA Laser to be the best at-home laser for under eye wrinkles. Used daily for 20-30 minutes, over three months, dramatically lifts and tightens skin, redefines facial contours and fades away eye wrinkles to barely perceptible.
How does the LYMA Laser work on wrinkles?
The LYMA Laser is the first time a clinic-grade laser has been developed to be safe enough to use at home by the consumer. This is because the 500mw near-infrared laser light beam has been artfully diffused over 25,000 times across a 3cm lens. This means all heat (and pain) is removed but none of the impressive power.
Case study: advanced wrinkles and fine lines on the cheeks, forehead and neck of a 75- year old woman.
Results: crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles and fine lines have significantly faded. Skin looks smoother, firmer, younger and eyelids appear lifted.
Treatment: from 30 minutes daily use, over three months.
Does the LYMA Laser damage skin?
Not in the slightest. The LYMA Laser creates a scientific process called photobiomodulation
whereby energy is transferred into skin cells to turn off their deterioration mode and switch on their full regeneration power . Unlike in-clinic laser rejuvenation treatment, skin cells begin synthesising collagen, rejuvenating themselves without any damage response needing to be triggered. Zero damage to the skin means zero pain and no downtime whatsoever. This technology is why the LYMA Laser sits among the best beauty gadgets of 2021.
How much does the LYMA Laser cost?
A one-off investment of £2,000, the LYMA Laser is less expensive than a single session with a CO2 ablative laser and a usual course of non-ablative Fraxel laser treatment. There are no hidden or additional costs with the LYMA Laser except for the serum and mist refills; all accessories are included and even the battery is rechargeable.
In a nutshell, laser treatment for wrinkles is a well-trodden and often highly successful path to reducing the appearance of fine lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet as well as wrinkles on the chest, neck and décolletage.
The realities of the in-clinic laser treatments be that ablative or non-ablative, is that there will be discomfort, injury to the skin, downtime and considerable expense to get the required results. However, with the breakthrough of the LYMA Laser, there is now a viable alternative to traditional laser treatment.
The LYMA Laser has repeatedly proven itself to rival, sometimes outperform the results of laser skin rejuvenation, without any pain or harming the skin in any way.
Being able to use such a technology in the comfort of the home, at any time and on any skin tone, is entirely unique and heralds the LYMA Laser as the future of the beauty gadget industry.
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