Laser procedures have been a big part of the cosmetic surgery scene for years. In the early 2010s, in fact, lasers were kind of the king of the hill. You couldn’t throw a stone without finding a laser procedure that claimed to rejuvenate your skin or get rid of wrinkles or anything else. But do lasers for cosmetic surgery actually work?
Evaluating Whether Lasers for Aesthetic Needs Work
You’d be forgiven for thinking they don’t. Laser procedures expanded rapidly across the world. Laser clinics opened up on every street corner. The idea was that you didn’t need to be all that qualified to run a laser procedure–the computer did all the hard work. But that wasn’t exactly the case.
How Laser Procedures Lost Their Luster
Back in the early 2010s, there were two ubiquitous laser trends: the laser clinic (which featured all kinds of laser types and procedures) and the 10:00 News story about the patient who was burned by lasers.
Unfortunately (and this is not an expert opinion–simply an observer one) I think that comes down to two things:
- Insufficient training on the part of the technicians. When you expand that quickly (and laser clinics did expand fast), some basic training can sometimes slip through the cracks.
- Over-promising on the part of the lasers. In those days, lasers promised to do so much. It was easy for patients to buy into the hype.
These days, many of those laser clinics have gone out of business. And those cosmetic surgery and medical spa locations that still offer laser procedures do so with significantly more care. These days, laser technicians are highly trained and experienced. Which means that patients get better results.
Improvements in Laser Systems
So, on the one hand, the training for laser specialists has improved dramatically. By and large, they know what to do and when to do it. And that can be essential in laser technology, as with any other cosmetic procedure that you’d want to undergo.
Additionally, the lasers themselves have improved. Laser systems today have more capabilities–and are able to perform those capabilities with greater precision. There are also more laser options for patients. Some laser systems can eliminate lines and wrinkles. Others can tighten skin. Still other lasers can help you minimize the appearance of pores.
Because laser systems are generally received by the body as a kind of heat, medical spas and cosmetic surgery clinics have also become quite adept at cooling down the skin in order to maximize comfort.
Boom and Bust… and Boom Again?
Sometimes in cosmetic surgery, a procedure will become insanely popular before disappearing forever. Toa certain extent, that almost happened with laser systems. They definitely had a boom and bust cycle.
But now, lasers are a more stable element of the medspa or cosmetic surgery suite of procedures. And lasers can offer some pretty flexible options to patients. Those include:
- Rejuvenation procedures. These can help eliminate lines, wrinkles, and signs of aging.
- Hair removal. Laser hair removal is one of the most popular applications of laser technologies. With a few treatments, you’ll never have to shave again.
- Tattoo removal. Sometimes when you’re young (or, also, older), you make tattoo decisions you regret. Tattoo removal laser systems can help ensure you don’t have to live with those regrets.
These days, laser procedures can do a lot. But you still need to make sure they’re right for you and for your desired results.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for nearly five years. He’s constantly in touch with cosmetic and plastic surgeons to ensure he has the latest and most up to date information possible.