Elan Skin uses a variety of cutting-edge therapies to boost skin health and appearance by harnessing the power of laser and light technology. From treating wrinkles and age spots, to improving sun damage and scarring, each technology uses light in a unique way to achieve different results. Let’s take a look at the advantages of our different laser and light therapies for your skin health and aesthetics.
LED Light Therapy
What is light therapy?
Light therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses narrow band, non-thermal LED light to accelerate rejuvenation and repair skin cells. It’s a popular treatment due to its broad usage for improving sun damage, acne, dermatitis, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and general skin radiance.
LED uses gentle pulses of intense, infrared red and/or blue optimized light to treat undesirable pigment and vessels which can occur as a result of aging and lifestyle. You can expect to see a decrease in the appearance of skin pigment and vessels and a more even skin tone over the days/weeks after treatment.
How does LED light therapy work?
LED light therapy works by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. Collagen and elastin are two proteins that are essential for healthy, youthful-looking skin. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin, which can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. LED light therapy can help to boost the production of these proteins, resulting in healthier, more youthful-looking skin.
What are the benefits of LED light therapy?
LED light therapy can provide a number of benefits for the skin, including reducing wrinkles and fine lines, improving skin tone and texture, and reducing the appearance of age spots. The therapy can also help to treat acne by reducing inflammation and bacteria in the skin.
Is light therapy safe?
Yes, LED light therapy is safe for most people. The therapy is non-invasive and does not require any downtime. Some people may experience mild side effects, such as redness or irritation, but these typically resolve within a few hours.
How often should I get light therapy?
The frequency of LED light therapy treatments will vary depending on your individual skin condition and goals. In general, it is recommended to receive treatments 2-3 times per week for the best results.
How long does light therapy take?
Light therapy treatments usually last between 20-30 minutes.
Is there any downtime after LED light therapy?
No, there is no downtime required after LED light therapy. You can immediately resume your normal activities following a treatment.
What are the side effects of light therapy?
Some people may experience mild side effects, such as redness or irritation, but these typically resolve within a few hours.
How long do the results of light therapy last?
The results of LED light therapy can vary depending on your individual skin condition and goals. In general, the results of the therapy are long-lasting, but may require maintenance treatments to maintain the results.
Lasers have varying usages in skin care. Lasers can be used to precisely target dirt, oil, pore size, scarring, pigmentation issues and as an instrument for smoothing skin. Lasers are also commonly used for hair removal due to the precision targeting and gentleness in comparison to waxing for hair removal. Lasers also vary in intensity and can be used to aggressively target areas of concern or approach skin issues with a more precise touch. For these reasons, lasers are a common tool used to improve many of common skin care issues. Elan Skin provides several laser services, ranging in desired outcomes and intensity.
IPL (Intense Pulse Light)
What is IPL skin therapy?
IPL treatments can help improve the appearance of many skin concerns, including sun damage, age spots, and redness. IPL therapy uses different wavelengths of light to target specific areas of the skin. The light energy from IPL therapy can help to break up pigment in the skin, which can lead to a more even skin tone. IPL therapy can also help to stimulate collagen production, which can lead to firmer, younger-looking skin.
What are the benefits of IPL skin therapy?
IPL skin therapy can offer a variety of benefits for your skin, including:
- Improving the appearance of sun damage
- Reducing the appearance of age spots
- Diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improving skin tone and texture
- Reducing redness and blotchiness
How many IPL treatments will I need?
The number of IPL treatments you will need will vary depending on your individual skin concerns. Generally, most people will need 3-5 IPL treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart to see optimal results. After your initial series of IPL treatments, you may only need 1-2 maintenance treatments per year to keep your skin looking its best.
What can I expect during an IPL treatment?
IPL therapy is a non-invasive treatment that is typically very well tolerated. During your treatment, a handheld device will be used to deliver pulses of light energy to the treatment area. You may experience a brief sensation of heat during the treatment, but this is typically well-tolerated. Most people are able to return to their normal activities immediately after their IPL treatment.
What are the side effects of IPL skin therapy?
IPL skin therapy is generally very well-tolerated, with minimal side effects. The most common side effects of IPL include temporary redness, swelling, and bruising in the treated area. These side effects typically resolve within a few days of treatment. More rare side effects of IPL can include blistering and changes in skin color.
What is the downtime for IPL?
Downtime varies by person and the areas treated. Sometimes there is no downtime, but for those who need time to recover, it can be very short to up to 48 hours.
Is IPL skin therapy right for me?
IPL skin therapy can be an effective treatment for many types of skin concerns. If you are interested in improving the appearance of your skin, please schedule a consultation with our office to see if IPL skin therapy is right for you.
MiXto fractional resurfacing with CO2
What is MiXto fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser therapy?
MiXto fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser therapy is a skin rejuvenation treatment that can improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and other signs of aging. The treatment uses a laser to create tiny micro-injuries in the skin, which stimulates the body’s natural healing process and promotes the production of new collagen.
How does MiXto fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser therapy work?
During the treatment, the laser emits short pulses of energy that create tiny micro-injuries in the skin. The body’s natural healing process then begins to repair these injuries, resulting in the production of new collagen. This new collagen helps to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and other signs of aging.
What are the benefits of MiXto fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser therapy?
MiXto fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser therapy can help to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and other signs of aging. The treatment can also help to improve skin tone and texture.
Are there any side effects associated with MiXto fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser therapy?
Some common side effects associated with MiXto fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser therapy include redness, swelling, and itching. These side effects are typically mild and should resolve within a few days.
How long does the MiXto fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser therapy treatment take?
The MiXto fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser therapy treatment usually takes about 1-2 hours to complete.
How often do I need to have MiXto fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser therapy?
The intensity of this treatment allows for strong results after one treatment. As with most skin services, a series of treatments can provide optimal results if needed.
What can I expect after the MiXto fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser therapy treatment?
After the treatment, you will experience some redness, swelling, and itching. Your skin can be sensitive and red for up to a week. You should avoid exposure to the sun for at least 2 weeks after the treatment and use sunscreen when you are outdoors.
Is MiXto fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser therapy safe for all skin types?
MiXto fractional resurfacing with CO2 laser therapy is generally safe for all skin types. However people with darker skin tones may be at increased risk for developing hyperpigmentation after the treatment.
Laser Hair Removal
To round out our look at the beneficial therapies of light and laser, we consider laser hair removal.
How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in the hair with a laser. The laser light is absorbed by the pigment, which then destroys the hair follicle. This process can be repeated over time to gradually reduce hair growth.
What are the benefits of laser hair removal?
There are many benefits to laser hair removal, including:
- Precision: Laser hair removal can target specific areas for treatment, making it ideal for small or difficult-to-treat areas.
- Safety: Laser hair removal is generally safe when performed by a licensed professional.
- Speed: Laser hair removal treatments are typically shorter than other methods, such as electrolysis.
- Cost: Laser hair removal is often more affordable than other methods in the long run.
What are the side effects of laser hair removal?
The most common side effect of laser hair removal is temporary redness and swelling of the treated area.
How should I prepare for my laser hair removal treatment?
You should avoid sun exposure for at least four weeks before your treatment. This will help to make sure that the laser targets the pigment in your hair rather than your skin. You should also avoid waxing, plucking, or electrolysis for at least six weeks before treatment. This will help prevent damage to the hair follicle so the laser can target it effectively. However you should shave the target area before treatment for best results.
What should I expect during my laser hair removal treatment?
During your treatment, you will sit in a comfortable chair or recline on a bed. Each pulse of the laser takes only a fraction of a second. The number of pulses will depend on the size of the treatment area and your hair type.
After your treatment, you can expect some redness and swelling in the treated area. You may also experience some crusting or scabbing, but this is usually mild and will resolve on its own.
What are the risks of laser hair removal?
The risks of laser hair removal are low when performed by a licensed professional. However, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects. We will discuss these in full at your consultation.
Is laser hair removal right for me?
Laser hair removal may not be suitable for everyone. The best candidates for laser hair removal are those with dark hair and light skin because the laser targets the pigment in the hair. People with red, blonde, or gray hair may not be good candidates for this type of treatment.
As we have seen, harnessing the power of light provides amazing benefits for your skin. If you are interested in learning more about these treatments, we encourage you to book a consultation online or by phone at 615.814.4999. We would be happy to answer questions you may have and help you determine if one of these treatments is right for you!