If you are struggling with acne scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, or other skin problems then cosmetic skin procedures can help you. Those procedures are always changing and improving with the changing times. Today the top cosmetic treatments are known as energy-based procedures. That is because they no longer include just lasers, but also radio frequency treatments and intense pulsed light procedures, known more commonly as IPL treatments.
In the United States alone these skincare alternatives to surgery have greatly increased in the last 20 years. In fact, since 1997 they have increased in the United States by 600 percent. In the last few years many newer treatments have been entering the market, making them even more popular and useful. Here are some of the top treatments to pick from based on your skin concerns.
Titan Lasers Treat Loose Skin Well
The industry name for infrared laser treatment is “Titan.” Titan laser treatments are commonly used on the face and neck, but you can have them performed on other parts of your body as well. Examples include arms, knees, and stomach. They typically cost about $800 to $1,200 per session based on the exact treatment required.
Titan laser treatments are typically used on patients under the age of 45 who have mild wrinkles or skin sags. The Titan laser can use its infrared light to heat up skin cells, encouraging the collagen in them to contract and pull towards other collagen in surrounding cells. That results in tighter, smoother skin. However, the procedure is not very effective if you have severely sagging skin, such as after giving birth or losing a lot of weight. Also, it is not typically performed on people over the age of 45 because their skin does not have enough existing collagen for the treatment to be effective.
Treating Sun Damage and Scars with Pelleve and SmartXide DOT
Pelleve and SmartXide DOT are industry names for radio frequency treatment and fractional CO2 laser procedures, respectively. You can use a fractional cosmetic laser or radio frequency treatment to fight back against sun damage and scars, as well as to treat wrinkles and fine lines. Pelleve may only cost about $600 per session, but stronger SmartXide DOT treatments may cost you as much as $1,500 per session.
Fractional CO2 laser treatments will make hundreds of teeny tiny holes in your skin to promote internal healing by triggering your body’s repair response. The treatment is slightly invasive and may require that you take about a week to recover after the procedure. Radio frequency treatment, on the other hand, encourages skin tightening by causing collagen to contract. It can be done quickly and requires no recovery time at all, but the results may not be visible right away.
Treating Acne with “Blue Light” Therapy (IPL)
“Blue Light” intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are excellent for treating acne because they use a “cool” light that doesn’t produce as much heat as standard laser treatment. Therefore, it will not cause additional damage to your skin pores. It costs only about $50 to $100 for each session, and it is safe for most skin types. The light treatment causes oil glands to dry out, reducing acne outbreaks.
Treating Birthmarks and Rosacea with Pulsed Dye Lasers or IPL
IPL can also be used to treat skin pigment problems, such as those associated with birthmarks and rosacea outbreaks. An IPL session for the treatment of such a problem costs approximately $200. A pulsed dye laser treatment may be required for larger or more stubborn birthmarks. The laser device can permanently alter your skin pigment, removing the birthmark for good after several sessions. If, however, you have an ongoing struggle with rosacea, you should know that those pigment problems may return and require further treatments.