What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy utilizes light energy at specific wavelengths and frequencies for targeted tissue absorption and subsequent transformation of light energy to heat. The rate of heat energy delivered effects specific reactions to the targeted tissues—this ranges from coagulation, protein denaturation, dessication, and vaporization. Lasers are also tailored to deliver precise depth of penetration into the skin. Your provider may recommend combination therapy to optimize your results. This may include chemical peels, or topical application of synergistic formulations such as retinoic acid, hydroquinone, and hydrocortisone. Indications for the use of laser therapy at our cosmetic clinic are listed below.
The pigment from microblading lasts anywhere between 1-3 years. However, we recommend touch ups every 10-12 months. If you have oily skin, you may require more frequent touch ups. After your initial microblading session, we will schedule you for a 6 week touch up to perfect any areas you would like to target.
Scars (3-6 sessions)
- Acne scars
- Burn scars
- Hypertrophic Scars
Skin Conditions (1-8 sessions)
- Vascular lesions
- Spider veins
- Ingrown hair
Benign Skin Lesions (3-6 sessions)
- Seborrhoeic Keratosis
- Skin tags
- Cherry angiomas
- Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation
Face and Neck Rejuvenation from Photoaging (1-6 sessions)
- Sun spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Redness/discoloration from increased vascularity
- Skin tightening
Hair Removal (1-12 sessions)
- Upper lip
- Under arms
- Bikini line
Pain is minimal due to the delivery of powerful light energy in short pulses. This technology prevents thermal energy from inadvertently spreading to surrounding tissues and causing increased pain. You will feel a very brief and mid warming sensation to the targeted area.
There is no down time. You will experience some redness to the treated areas which may last up to several hours. However, it is imperative that you wear sunscreen, (at least SPF 30), for three months following the procedure.
Possible Complications and Risks
Skin pigmentation changes are expected after laser therapy. Typically, these resolve within 1-2 weeks. Rarely, some individuals experience delayed hyper or hypo-pigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is usually correctable with over the counter topical agents. Hypopigmentation is extremely rare with the type of laser therapies we offer. It is harder to treat, usually irreversible, and correction depends on the degree of damage to the deep layer of your skin.
Other complications include (rarely) scarring, lesion recurrence, prolonged redness, cold sores (antiviral prophylaxis for individuals with a history of cold sores is recommended if the typical break out area is to undergo laser therapy), (rarely) unpredictable alterations in skin tone and texture.