We all deal with skin problems at some point in our lives. If we are lucky the onset of puberty will be as bad as it gets. For some of us though, our skin issues continue to plague us into adulthood. Whether it is acne, scars or age spots, if you have skin problems that you want to be rid of and you feel like you have tried everything, it might be time to get some professional help. One way to treat a lot of skin problems in a clinical setting is with lasers. But the question is are laser skin treatments really necessary, or should you try other treatments instead.
It Partially Depends on Your Skin Problem
Laser treatments may not be as invasive as facelift surgery, but they still might be a bit too invasive for certain skin problems. If you have just a few very mild wrinkles, for instance, an at-home cream or lotion might be a better treatment. Creams and lotions are inexpensive and convenient. They can treat a lot of minor skin conditions by simply moisturizing and medicating your skin, though it might take a little while to see a difference.
As for lasers, they are often great treatments for more advanced skin problems, including deeper wrinkles and old acne scars. They can usually treat a problem with pinpoint accuracy. Although, some laser devices are also designed to treat large sections of skin in an effort to stimulate regrowth of healthy skin cells.
It Also Depends on Your Skin Type
The type and color of skin that you have is another thing to consider, especially when it comes to laser procedures. That’s because many cosmetic laser devices are much better at treating skin with lighter pigmentation. Darker skin is often more oily, which makes it prone to being blistered or burned by lasers. Some of the devices can also cause patches of skin to lighten in color, either temporarily or permanently. That means that you could be left with a patchy appearance in the treated area.
Some of the alternatives to laser treatment that can produce similar results are microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Basically, either procedure will mainly treat the surface of your skin. They take the top layer of mostly dead skin cells away, allowing the healthy cells to take their place. That can help to reduce both wrinkles and scarring.
Budget is Another Factor to Consider
A third factor to think about is the cost of any skincare treatment. Obviously, creams and lotions are relatively inexpensive. Facelift surgery, on the other hand, is one of the most expensive. Laser treatments tend to fall somewhere in the middle.
When you think about your skincare budget, you also need to remember that it’s not likely to be a one-time expenditure. If you buy a particular cream or lotion, you will have to keep buying new bottles as the old ones run out. If you opt to have an actual clinical procedure, it may need to be repeated more than once. Some procedures are even meant to be repeated every few months on an ongoing basis.
Once you have a good idea of your budget, you should talk to an expert about the best skincare procedure for you that will hopefully fit in with that budget. Visiting local clinics or talking to a dermatologist can help you to understand the full scope of your treatment options.
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