How laser skin treatments transform your skin

Posted by Cedars Dermatology, 24th June 2019

Laser skin treatments are as varied as the skin damage and conditions they treat, so there are multiple different approaches we may take depending on your unique needs. Taking your skin’s health seriously is one very important thing, but sometimes an enhanced cosmetic appearance will also make you feel better about your complexion. Here’s a brief guide we’ve put together on the different laser skin treatments we offer, and which may benefit you the most.

Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) Laser Skin Treatments

The pulsed dye laser is typically used to treat skin lesions, discolouration, and facial redness. These may include:

  • Port wine stains
  • Birth marks
  • Facial thread veins
  • Red facial flushing such as rosacea

This treatment uses a beam of powerful and pure yellow light that is sent through a fibre optic cable to treat the precise area of skin lesion. The redness of the lesion is absorbed by the treatment area just beneath the skin’s surface and is converted to heat energy. This heats the affected area and causes thread veins to shrink and reduce, fading in appearance over the coming weeks.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Laser Skin Treatments

IPL laser skin treatments use a ‘flashlamp’ to pulse visible red light at the target area of skin. This red light is absorbed by the pigmented lesions in the skin and causes them to heat up, destroying them. IPL enacts change on the deeper layer of skin known as the dermis and treats the following:

  • Thread veins
  • Visible capillaries
  • Superficial vein formations
  • Rosacea
  • Port wine stains
  • Cheery angiomas

Another popular use for IPL treatments is skin rejuvenation for cosmetic purposes, because the heat generated causes the skin to tighten and strengthen collagen fibres. When used for this purpose, skin laser treatments can rejuvenate fine lines and volume loss that are symptomatic of the ageing processes.

How are these skin laser treatments different from each other?

IPL treatments use several wavelengths of light energy, meaning they are capable of different treatments (such as removing thread veins and rejuvenating ageing skin) and varying colours in the skin. PDL only produces one wavelength of light, so it can treat less conditions than IPL, but it is far stronger, meaning that treatment could be completed faster in some cases. The choice of laser entirely depends on your needs as a patient, so we’ll advise on your course of action.

Skin Laser Treatments on Harley Street

If you’re considering these treatments for a complex skin condition, book your initial consultation online today. We’ll assess your target area(s) and create a personalised treatment journey specifically for your needs.

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