Lasers and Lights
Improve Skin Conditions with Energy-Based Treatments in Madison, WI
Natural aging and gravity are two of the main reasons skin gradually loses its taut, youthful look and texture. Sun exposure also plays a large role when it comes to encouraging laxity and wrinkles, as well as the development of spots or redness. Other environmental factors can also have an impact, including pollution, diet, and personal habits like smoking. Fortunately, even though there are so many variables that can damage the skin, there are also numerous treatments that can help to restore its youthful look and feel. Lasers and lights at Madison, WI’s Radiance Skin Therapy & Laser Center are used to encourage collagen production for a tighter and smoother look, fade pigmentation problems, and more.
What Can Lasers and Lights Do?
Lasers and lights are non-invasive therapies designed to repair and rejuvenate the skin in a variety of ways. Some of their main benefits include:
- reducing redness, rosacea symptoms, and facial veins
- addressing age spots, sun damage, melasma, and hyperpigmentation
- encouraging collagen production
- removing unwanted hair
- treating active acne and scarring
- improving pores, skin texture, and tone
- reducing benign lesions such as skin tags, actinic keratoses, and seborrheic keratoses
- skin rejuvenation and reducing fine lines and wrinkles
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The term “laser” stands for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.” Lasers give off a single focused beam, color, or wavelength of high-energy light. This light can precisely and accurate target a small area to achieve specific results.
Laser treatments work by causing a controlled injury that stimulates the growth of new cells. There are two main options: ablative lasers that remove the outer surface of the skin and non-ablative lasers that generate heat to repair the skin without damaging the outer layer.
Unlike lasers, light treatments give off multiple pulses or wavelengths of light. This allows for a range of skin conditions to be treated simultaneously. The beams of light are absorbed by darker pigments in the skin, which generates heat and damages unwanted cells, prompts collagen production, and provides other benefits.
Lasers and lights are used to for a range of cosmetic treatments, including hair removal, skin rejuvenation, addressing acne and acne scarring, minimizing pigmentation irregularities, collapsing visible blood vessels, and more.
What Types of Lasers and Lights are Available at Madison’s Radiance Skin Therapy?
Radiance Skin Therapy & Laser Center offers several laser and light options for skin rejuvenation, hair removal, acne treatment, and other cosmetic or medical concerns. Treatment options with lasers and lights at our practice include:
Laser Hair Removal
This procedure involves using a beam of light to target unwanted hair on the face or body. The light is absorbed by melanin in the follicle and converted to heat, which damages the follicle itself and disrupts future hair growth. We use SPLENDOR X, which combines two laser technologies—Alexandrite and YAG—for quick and comfortable sessions.
IPL Photo Rejuvenation
Intense pulsed light improves the texture and tone of the skin by targeting certain colors in the skin and prompting the body to get rid of the unwanted cells. The multi-modality Lumenis® M22™ platform can target more than 30 different conditions, including redness, spots, and acne.
LED Light Therapy
LED (light emitting diode) therapy is a treatment that can improve various types of skin concerns with various wavelengths of light. Red wavelengths can prompt production of new collagen and more, while blue light is good for activating bacteria-killing compounds.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
ResurFX™ by Lumenis® is a fractional non-ablative resurfacing laser treatment that stimulates collagen production to promote tighter, more even, and youthful skin.
Laser Vein Treatment
Lasers and lights, such as our 1064 YAG laser, can remove dilated or broken blood vessels to improve the appearance of spider veins.
Neo Elite by Aerolase, a versatile 1064 nanometer Nd:YAG laser, is available at our practice for both acne treatments and laser vein treatments. This system is safe and effective on all patients of all ages with any skin type or color. The combination of its high-powered design and short pulse duration allows it to provide dramatic results without discomfort.
Lasers and lights can be highly effective for resurfacing the skin to improve its tone. LaseMD Ultra™ is a non-ablative fractional resurfacing laser treatment that provides impressive results with little to no downtime. Creating thermal zones in the skin stimulates the production of new tissue for repairs.
What Happens After Laser and Light Treatments?
The recovery for lasers and lights will vary depending on which specific devices are used and what skin conditions are being treated. It’s important to apply a physical sunscreen (zinc/titanium-based) with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin during recovery from lasers and lights. Limit your time in the sun and wear protective clothing. You should also keep your skin well-moisturized after lasers and lights sessions.
Which Treatments Are Available Aside from Lasers and Lights at Radiance Skin Therapy?
Lasers and lights are popular approaches for skin rejuvenation, but some patients may benefit from other types of cosmetic procedures, such as injectables. The two main types of minimally invasive injectable treatments for wrinkles are neuromodulators and dermal fillers. BOTOX® is a neuromodulator that works by temporarily relaxing specific muscles that contribute to facial wrinkles. Many of the most popular fillers, such as the JUVEDERM® collection, are gels of varying consistencies with a hyaluronic acid base that minimize wrinkles or enhance your face shape by adding volume. There are also other skin rejuvenation options, including chemical peels, microdermabrasion and microneedling.