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Laser therapy 101: everything you need to know about this facial rejuvenation procedure

Lasers aren’t just a mainstay of sci-fi movies, they are also a popular beauty treatment. This is what laser therapy can do for your skin

You might associate lasers with the Star Wars franchise and sci-fi movies, but despite the intimidating name, laser therapy can actually do wonders for your skin. Even celebs, such as Kim Kardashian, Chelsea Handler, and Jennifer Aniston swear by this increasingly popular treatment to keep their complexions flawless and red-carpet ready. But how exactly can a laser make your skin better? Here’s how they work, and why you should consider this procedure for your skin concerns.

Laser therapy: what is it?

Laser therapy is a resurfacing treatment that can treat a host of skin irregularities. They use heat and light to stimulate the growth of collagen. Ablative lasers offer a more intense treatment but comes with a downtime of up to two weeks. Non-ablative lasers, on the other hand, are gentler and keep the top layers of skin intact, resulting in some redness and sensitivity, but a much speedier recovery.

What can it do for my skin?

This type of procedure can treat a range of skin concerns, ranging from acne to scarring and discoloration, to diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The combination of resurfacing and collagen stimulation means that you are left with a plump, glowing complexion, no matter your skin type.

Does it hurt?

Despite what you might think, shooting laser beams onto your face isn’t as painful as you might expect! But this, of course, depends on a number of factors. When you are going for a more intense resurfacing session, some local anesthetic may be required. Most people who have undergone laser therapy describe the sensation as being similar to the snap of a rubber band. So yes, there is discomfort, but it is totally bearable (and will be worth it when you see the results).

Once your procedure is over, it’s crucial that you listen and adhere to the aftercare advice given. You will be told which type of skincare products to avoid (those anti-aging serums can take a back seat for a while!) so that your skin can recover. And when it does, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to make an appointment!

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