Our topic this month is one near and dear to the Renew Aesthetic team’s heart: lasers. The only time we ever hear about lasers is when someone in a movie is trying to rob a bank or 30-something Pierce Brosnan is strapped to a table (😏), but there’s so much more to them than that!
Anybody who’s an expert in aesthetic skin care probably has heard all about the magic of laser treatments, but we recognize not everyone is a certified skincare professional. Crazy, right?! That’s why we want to help empower people to make great decisions about laser skin treatment in Bentonville and their skincare generally!
So let’s talk lasers. What are the best laser skin treatments we offer? Who is a good patient? How should you prepare for treatment? You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers!
The Best Laser Skin Treatment in Bentonville
As the best skin laser clinic near Bentonville, Renew Aesthetics makes a point of only offering the most effective laser skin treatments in Arkansas. That’s why we provide 2 cutting-edge aesthetic lasers: Excel V & LaseMD.
These treatments provide lasting results by both rejuvenating your skin and repairing unwanted dermal and subdermal damage. From eliminating visible blood vessels to boosting collagen production, these treatments can help you feel more confident in your skin.
The Excel V laser in Bentonville uses innovative technology that targets abnormal vessels and veins. Blood vessels absorb pulses of green light and transform the light energy into heat.
This heat destroys abnormal vessels, eliminating rosacea and other forms of discoloration. The handpiece also comes with a cooling system that helps manage excessive heat and ensures patient safety.
Excel V is so effective and powerful because it delivers both non-ablative and ablative wavelengths to the same treatment zone. This means the laser can target deep-tissue skin issues without the downtime associated with traditional laser facials.
If you’re not sure what we mean when we say ablative vs. non-ablative wavelengths, no worries! We can’t help but get a little excited talking about lasers. Laser facials are typically going to be one of two varieties:
Ablative laser treatments: A high-intensity laser skin treatment
Ablative lasers treat thin layers of skin, like a deep chemical peel or dermabrasion, with precision that allows the technician to reduce skin damage. Ablative lasers are best for firming the skin and treating wrinkles and acne scars.
Non-Ablative laser treatments: A gentler, progressive laser skin treatment
Non-ablative lasers do not remove any skin—the light simply causes micro-damage to the skin to encourage natural skin healing. Non-ablative facials are great for addressing fine lines and wrinkles on patients who are willing to wait 2–3 months for strong results.
What is the benefit of both ablative and non-ablative treatment together?
This combo is better than the bend & snap. Traditional non-ablative laser treatments heat areas of the skin, creating positive results but leading to more flaking and slightly longer recovery times.
Adding ablation removes some of the tissue that would otherwise be flaking near the surface, eliminating the shedding effect you would otherwise experience. And best of all, by including additional ablative wavelengths, Excel V also boosts your skin’s healing process, shortening any potential downtime even further.
Through innovative, non-ablative laser technology, our LaseMD treatment stimulates collagen and elastin production to give you glowing, youthful skin.
As you age, your body decreases collagen and elastin production. Collagen is the framework that maintains the structure of your skin, while elastin helps it bounce back. When those fibers are limited, visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles and sun damage, emerge. Fortunately, LaseMD can reverse that damage by using light energy to create tiny microchannels in the skin to promote the healing process.
This unique laser skin resurfacing treatment creates microchannels in the skin, which jumpstart the body’s natural healing process for a refreshed complexion. As light energy gently heats the tissue deep within your skin, you may feel a stinging sensation, but it’s more of a discomfort than pain. Most patients don’t require a topical anesthetic to stay comfortable during the procedure. How long the treatment takes depends on the treatment area(s) and the strength of the laser.
Who is a candidate for LaseMD?
When your body begins to slow its collagen production, visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles and sun damage, will begin to emerge. LaseMD is ideal for reversing that damage by using light energy to create tiny microchannels in the skin to promote healing.
The body’s natural healing process is excellent for kicking collagen and elastin production into high gear. As a result, LaseMD improves the overall health of your skin while tackling visible signs of aging!
LaseMD is the perfect treatment for anyone looking to boost natural collagen production. It leaves your skin looking firmer, younger, and more vibrant.
IPL as an alternative to Lasers
If you’re not looking for rejuvenating skin repair & results, lasers aren’t the only option available to you! In just a few photofacial sessions, the Lumecca IPL diminishes irregularities, improves complexion, and rejuvenates the skin.
Using photothermolysis, the most powerful IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) targets pigment and vascular lesions by quickly renewing your skin’s clarity, leaving you looking years younger.
The Lumecca IPL treats a wide array of skin concerns delivering pulse energy with a custom xenon flash lamp to absorb hemoglobin and melanin for complete photo-rejuvenation.
Patients receive significant improvement with just one Lumecca treatment because the peak power is higher than most other IPLs.
By sending out precise wavelengths, the light energy targets the pigmented colors or vessels in your skin. These pigments absorb the light and begin to flake off within the next 1-2 days.
Is Lumecca IPL a laser facial?
It’s understandable why many people assume Lumecca IPL is a type of laser, but intense pulsed light photo facials are very different from laser facials!
Lasers, such as the Excel V, use one specific wavelength of light to deeply penetrate into the layers of the skin to a fixed depth. Lumecca IPL can be customized to penetrate a variety of depths within your skin’s layers.
The fixed-depth lasers penetrate much deeper than broadband light reaches. That makes most laser facials more aggressive than IPL. While a more aggressive approach can lead to significant results more quickly, it also means more downtime and discomfort. Photofacials do not require any downtime!
How we determine if you’re a good candidate
This is unquestionably the most important thing you can do pre-treatment! Not just when you come to Renew Aesthetics, but if you visit any medical aesthetics provider.
That said, you shouldn’t have to figure out if a treatment is right for you by yourself. A good provider should help you determine this before treatment. That’s why Renew Aesthetics always offers our patients free consultations to create customized skincare & treatment plans. But if you’re in a pinch and interested in laser skin treatment in Bentonville, here’s what you should know.
Laser skin treatment in Bentonville won’t be right for everyone. There are a variety of factors that play into what does or doesn’t make a treatment right for someone. In the case of lasers, though, there’s a major factor to consider: your Fitzpatrick skin type.
The Fitzpatrick Scale
Fitzpatrick skin types are typically used to determine the correct settings for phototherapy for certain skin conditions. FST can help dermatologists and skin care professionals avoid damage to the skin, which may result in photoaging and pigmentation changes.
The scale is also often used to determine the setting on a laser when performing laser hair removal. Lasers can cause burns and depigmentation when the correct setting is not used for patients with darker skin coloring or those who have a tan. Because most lasers target pigment (melanin), a person’s potential risk of possible burns or depigmentation may be greater if they have a darker skin tone, i.e. more melanin.
The current scale classifies skin from types 1-6. Type 1 refers to skin that always burns, while type 6 refers to skin that never burns.
Skin Type I
Type 1 skin is usually categorized by consistent/severe sunburns, the inability to tan, and a high level of sensitivity to UV exposure.
Skin Type II
Type 2 skin is usually categorized by frequent/strong sunburns and is unlikely to tan with sun exposure. This skin type also has moderate sensitivity to UV exposure.
Skin Type III
Type 3 skin is usually categorized by infrequent/moderate sunburns and tans to light brown. This skin type also has mild sensitivity to UV exposure.
Skin Type IV
Type 4 skin is usually categorized by occasional/mild sunburns and tans to brown.
Skin Type V
Type 5 skin is usually categorized by rare sunburns and easily tans to dark brown.
Skin Type VI
Type 5 skin virtually never burns, is darkly pigmented, and has a higher level of resistance to UV exposure. and easily tans to dark brown.
What your Fitzpatrick Skin Type means for you
Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for laser treatments. Since lasers target dermal and subdermal tissue, it requires that your skin not resist or distort the laser energy as it is applied. Having skin with more natural melanin can complicate this process. This means patients with darker natural skin are likely not a good fit for certain laser skin treatment in Bentonville.
This is also true of laser hair removal in Fayetteville, AR. Since treatments target the pigmentation follicles in your skin, patients with darker skin tones are more at risk of skin damage during laser hair removal.
However, there have been major improvements in treatment technology, and Renew Aesthetics offers alternative skincare solutions for our patients Lumecca IPL, for instance, is safe for all skin types and incredibly effective at rejuvenating the appearance of your skin!
If you’re not sure if you’re a candidate, schedule a consultation with a provider to find out.
How To Prepare for Laser Skin Treatment in Bentonville
If you are a good candidate for laser skincare, how should you prepare for laser skin treatments near you? Here are our tips:
1. Consult 👏 your 👏 provider 👏
This sounds like a no-brainer, but step one should always be to consult your laser skin treatment provider. Not every patient is right for every treatment, and it’s important you make sure laser skin treatment in Bentonville will get you the results you want.
Maybe you have a skin type that doesn’t respond well to laser treatments. Maybe it’s the wrong time of year or your skin condition is better improved by another treatment. Your Renew Aesthetics provider is here to help guide you and offer skincare strategies and solutions. Schedule a free consultation and get the rundown on how to care for your skin!
2. Avoid the sun before treatment
If your skin is burnt, suntanned, or artificially tanned with products, it will mess with the laser’s ability to effectively treat your skin. Worse, it could potentially cause the laser to damage your skin in ways that harm it long-term. So make sure your skin isn’t burned or tanned prior to your treatment.
As an added tip, sun exposure after treatment can also damage your skin! So, you should stay out of the sun and avoid unnecessary UV exposure before you’re completely healed, too.
3. Get your treatments during the best time of year ❄️
The next thing you should do to prepare for your laser skin treatment in Bentonville? Plan to get them during fall and winter.
Late in the year is the best time for laser skin treatments. This is because you are much less likely to be spending time outside during these months. Laser treatments make your skin much more sensitive to the sun, and you can’t have sunburned or tanned skin for these treatments.
4. Shave before your appointment
Something we recommend to every patient is that you shave the treatment area prior to visiting us for laser skin treatments in Arkansas. This is so your hair doesn’t get in the way of the laser, and prevents your skin from absorbing all the energy you need it to.
BUT you shouldn’t wax prior to treatment. This might seem weird when we just said you want to have as little hair in the treatment area as possible, but shaving actually agitates your skin and makes it more sensitive. This can create complications when the laser is applied to the treatment area. So no waxing!
Rejuvenate your skin with Renew Aesthetics!
With our individualized treatment plans, one-on-one consultations, and superior care, Renew Aesthetics champions our patients. You never have to question whether you are our top priority.
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Book a consultation to chat with our specialists about laser skin treatment in Bentonville, Rogers, or Fayetteville. We’ll sit down, get to know you, and discuss treatment options. We treat every patient individually with customized treatment plans tailored to their personal needs and goals.
Contact us online or by phone at 479.668.0168 to learn more about our skin services at Renew Aesthetics.
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