We have previously discussed the importance of physical beauty and aesthetics in Brazil, with the country being one of the largest markets for plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments in the world. It is very common in Brazil to visit a dermatologist on a regular basis to ensure that the skin remains fresh, clean and healthy. In addition, Brazil has become an increasingly compelling destination for medical tourism, for those looking for high quality treatments at an attractive price, which they can combine with a vacation.
But what are the main treatments available to those seeking to rejuvenate their looks?
When it comes to anti-aging treatments, lasers are not the only option, but they certainly are among the most popular ones. So, if you want to cure annoying skin problems, lasers may be the way to go. The trick is in sorting out the confusing world of laser machines to pinpoint the type that you actually need.
You Might be a Candidate for Fractional Photothermolysis Treatments
Fractional photothermolysis is known as fraxel treatment for short. A fraxel laser will essentially puncture your skin, creating many tiny holes that delve down through every single skin layer you have.
The point of fraxel laser treatment is to give your body a little added incentive to repair its own skin. When it senses the “attack” of the laser, its own natural systems should start producing lots of collagen, elastin, and other building blocks of skin cells. Those are all things our bodies naturally make, but usually in higher amounts at younger ages. When we get older production slows down, until things like fraxel procedures speed production up again.
Ablative Laser Devices Are Also an Option
An ablative laser is an aesthetic laser device that has a strong light-pulse and primarily treats deep wrinkles and scars. It can resurface your skin, removing dead skin cells and blemishes just like sandpaper would remove imperfections from the surface of wood furniture.
The biggest problem with ablative laser treatments is that they can be very uncomfortable and require a little bit of recovery time. Since the top layer of skin is basically destroyed, the skin can bleed or ooze for a while after your treatment is over. That also means that skin infections are a real risk, which makes it imperative that you follow aftercare instructions given by your technician perfectly.
A Third Option is a Non-Ablative Laser Procedure
As the name suggests, a non-ablative laser does not resurface the skin. Instead, if you have this type of treatment, your lower layers of skin will be affected. Although you won’t be able to immediately see the results, repeated treatments can improve the general appearance and quality of your skin.
The advantage of non-ablative lasers over ablative ones is that they don’t come with a risk of infection. They also aren’t as painful and don’t tend to cause any bleeding or unpleasant side effects. However, the disadvantage is that they lack the strength and power of the ablative devices. That means that you don’t get to see results that are as quick or obvious, and you also might need a lot of treatments.
Don’t Forget About Other Skincare Methods
While lasers are great for treating a variety of skin types and problems, they aren’t the perfect solution in all cases. So, don’t forget about other skincare methods that you could try, such as chemical peels or radio frequency treatments. Also, be sure to develop a good plan for caring for your skin on a daily basis. That way you can limit future skin problems and lower your need for repeat clinical skincare treatments, with or without the use of lasers.