More than half a million women and men opted to revitalize their skin and improve its health with nonsurgical laser toning last year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That statistic represents a growth of about 240% since 2000.
The reason laser toning keeps gaining popularity is because it’s effective, safe, and has minimal to no downtime. Laser toning makes dramatic improvements in the health and appearance of your skin without surgery. While plastic surgeons in Las Vegas may offer a confusing array of options for improving your skin with laser resurfacing and laser toning, Dr. Julio Garcia favors Cynosure®’s nonablative Medlite Q-switched Nd:YAG laser.
Nonablative = No Downtime
You may remember older, harsher forms of laser resurfacing and toning that actually removed the outermost layer of your skin, leaving you with a red, peeling face that made you look like you’d had a bad sunburn. This form of laser therapy is known as “ablative,” and can have a recovery time of up to two weeks. The advantage is that you may need only one treatment every year or two.
In contrast, the Medlite is a non-ablative laser, so it doesn’t remove your epidermis or cause your skin to peel. After your 15- to 30-minute treatment, your face may appear pink for a few hours, but generally any redness disappears within a day or two. You can have your laser toning treatment during your lunch hour and go back to work without anyone realizing you’d had “work” done.
Improve the Quality of Your Skin
The Medlite sends targeted healing heat into the deepest layers of your dermis, where it breaks up old strands of the proteins collagen and elastin. As you age, your collagen and elastin also age, to the point where they aren’t able to fully support your skin anymore. The loss of strong and functional collagen and elastin is the primary reason behind such troubling signs of aging as:
- Skin sagging
- Inelastic skin
The Medlite’s heat also creates tiny wounds in your skin, which stimulates your body’s healing response. Your body whisks away the debris from the old collagen and elastin and begins producing healthy new strands of these proteins.
Over the next weeks to months, you’ll notice improvements in the way your skin both looks and feels as it begins to restructure itself through collagen remodeling. As you skin builds itself afresh with new proteins, you can expect benefits such as:
- Thicker, firmer skin
- Tighter, more uplifted skin
- Smaller, tighter pores
- Fewer lines or creases
- More elasticity and pliability
But Medlite laser toning doesn’t just restructure your skin from the inside out, it also resurfaces your outermost layer to create a more even-looking skin tone and healthy glow.
Erase Sun Spots and Freckles
If you have hyperpigmented areas on your face, neck, or decollètage, Dr. Garcia uses the Medlite’s energy to target and break up the excess pigment in those lesions. With a series of treatments, you’ll notice the brown spots, age spots, and freckles gradually fading.
Dr. Garcia advises the use of high-SPF (30+) sun screen both during and after laser toning. Most hyperpigmentation is caused by damaging UVA and UVB rays. To keep your skin clear of excess pigment, it’s essential to use sunscreen every time you’re outdoors or near a window, and to limit sun exposure during the peak hours of 10 am to 4 pm.
Acne is a multifactorial disease, which may require a variety of therapies to fully address each of its causes. However, laser toning improves the overall quality of your skin, including the skin in the follicles, which is where acne manifests.
Laser toning not only stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which strengthens your skin follicles, it also speeds up the sloughing off of dead skin cells. One of the culprits behind acne is the accumulation of dead skin cells in the follicles. The clogged skin cells and excess sebum form clumps that become a food source for the skin bacterium Propionibacterium acnes. The proliferation of P acnes causes inflammation, leading to a pimple or cyst.
By speeding up skin-cell sloughing, laser toning keeps your follicles clear. Smooth follicles allows sebum to flow freely, avoiding the clumps that cause acne lesions.
Polish Away Scars
Whether you have shallow scars from acne or chicken pox, or are troubled by stretch marks or other scars on your body, laser toning can help. The laser’s heat breaks down scar tissue, which is caused by the fast, disorderly build-up of collagen that occurs when you’re body’s trying to heal itself from a wound.
Once the old scar tissue has been softened, your skin begins to rebuild itself with new collagen and elastin. This process smooths out the appearance of raised scars. Collagen remodeling also fills out shallow pock marks by creating thicker, healthier skin underneath the sunken areas. As your skin heals, it evens out to look and feel smoother, healthier, and stronger.
A Workout for Your Face
Just as regular exercise improves the quality and strength of your muscles over time, a series of at least three to seven laser toning sessions is usually required to achieve optimal improvements. Based on his evaluation of your skin quality, Dr. Garcia gives you a rough estimate of your treatment needs during your consultation.
After each Medlite laser toning session, your skin undergoes collagen remodeling that continues for weeks to months. You need to leave at least a month between toning sessions so that your skin can remodel itself and you can evaluate the results of your last treatment.
Laser Toning Avoids or Improves Surgery
If you start laser toning treatments early enough in your aging process, you may never feel the need to make more dramatic improvements with facial plastic surgery, such as a face lift. However, if you do opt for surgical aesthetic improvements, strengthening your skin with laser toning before or after your surgery helps your results look extraordinary. You can also schedule yearly or bi-yearly laser toning to preserve the benefits of your facial plastic surgery over the long term.
When searching for plastic surgeons in Las Vegas to rejuvenate and improve the health of your skin with laser toning, be sure to look for an expert who’s board certified and understands facial anatomy as well as facial aesthetics. Dr. Garcia is an artist and a highly experienced surgeon. He brings both skills to every surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic improvement he performs. Call now to set up a consultation, or use the online form.