Lasers: What they can do for your skin
Mention lasers and most people think of just one thing: hair removal. But there are many other ways these are utilised in the beauty business, especially when it comes to anti-ageing.
The concept might fill you with fear, but it's not as scary as you're imagining. We're not talking about lasering away layers of skin or anything like that; instead, lasers are used to deeply penetrate your skin. The outcome is an increase in the amount of collagen and elastic produced, meaning your skin should look plump, tight and lifted.
One of the options is the Harmony ClearLift facial, which is already doing well with Hollywood stars because it doesn't cause any redness or other signs of a treatment - other than refreshed skin. It's especially effective on fine lines around the eyes and mouth, and it can be used to tighten up the neck too. This is one the big difference between the treatment and something like Botox.
"Botox is a protein that relaxes the muscles that can cause lines temporarily. ClearLift facelift stimulates body's own inflammatory response, stimulating collagen, fibroblasts and elastin. This in turn improves texture and tone of skin and improves lines," a representative from Courthouse Clinics explained to Cover Media.
Usually people see a difference in their skin pretty quickly with this, maybe even after one session. A set of six is recommended though, and after that you'll need to have top-ups about four times a year to ensure you maintain the results.
"All age groups will benefit. As of age 25 we lose collagen, so this is a non-invasive alternative to prevent ageing," the representative explained. "We would advise clients to start non-invasive treatments at a young age to prevent need for fillers etc."
As with any treatment, make sure you do your homework beforehand. Take time to ensure your practitioner is fully qualified - the best way is to ask what training they have received. If they have only been given lessons by the laser manufacturer move on, as this may not be very in depth. Confusingly, promises of being treated by a doctor or nurse don't always mean much either, as medical training doesn't mean the person knows about lasers. You want someone with a nationally recognised qualification and who's been on the manufacturer course, too.
You should also check the laser you'll be treated with is of medical grade, and ideally you want the salon to have several options. That's because not all laser are suitable for everyone, so you want some choices to ensure you get the best treatment possible.
On top of this, bigger lasers tend to be better than smaller ones. If you're told a clinic's is 'medical grade' but you want to be sure, just ask which hospitals use the equipment.