If you’re like most patients we see at our practice, you’re probably living a pretty full life, packed with commitments and to-do list items. So the last thing you need when it comes to your skin concerns is a regimen or a treatment that’s going to take a lot of your precious time. Fortunately, there are hosts of cosmetic laser treatments to meet various needs. Here are the best ones for busy people.
An increasingly popular cosmetic treatment for the last decade, laser hair removal is a great option for people who don’t have the time or patience to shave or wax. Laser hair removal employs the use of selective photothermolysis. When the laser light hits the targeted hair follicles, they heat up and absorb more of the thermal damage that results in deactivating the follicle from producing further hair.
Typically, laser hair removal sessions are spaced out between four and eight weeks to allow a fresh cycle of hair growth. Depending on the area, the entire life of the treatment could take between three and seven sessions. However, keep in mind that each laser session typically lasts only five to thirty minutes and permanent results include a 90% reduction in hair!
If you’re trying to get rid of a regretful tattoo or a pigmented lesion, there’s a laser skin surgery for you. The FDA-cleared PicoWay cosmetic laser treatment uses a specific tool to generate ultra-short pulses with high peak powers of laser energy to the affected area on the skin. This method ultimately fractures the tattoo ink or pigment particles, fading the concentration of the gathered pigment.
Most tattoos take three to six treatment sessions spaced at one to two month time intervals in order to completely fade. But each laser skin surgery appointment takes less than 30 minutes. And if you’re wondering, does laser skin surgery hurt, know that PicoWay’s short pulses actually result in far less pain than other laser tattoo removal methods. Usually, we apply a topical numbing agent prior to each session for additional comfort.
Perhaps you want to get continuous facials, chemical peels, and dermal fillers. Maybe you have time to use all the anti-aging products in the book. But if you’re especially busy and in need of fast results, then fractionated CO2 laser skin resurfacing might just be the ticket. This resurfacing treatment can take years off of sun-damaged or aging skin. It works to reduce signs of wear and damage like wrinkles, scarring, and uneven skin tone.
The carbon dioxide laser system is used to vaporize skin layer by layer. We lead the industry in offering Fraxel Re:pair and Lumenis Ultrapulse. The procedure is just about as convenient as it gets, lasting roughly 30 minutes in the dermatology office to apply controlled amounts of focused heat into the affected area of skin.
Want to talk through your cosmetic laser treatment options? Contact The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists to discuss your specific skin concerns and appropriate treatments.