Research shows that around 85-percent of women apply a plethora of products to their face daily, with women in New York, Connecticut and West Virginia spending around $3 more per day than women in other states. Facials, too, are a booming industry, with traditional facials standing alongside cutting-edge laser treatments and more invasive peelings and even surgery. It is incredible to think that just a few decades ago, facials were seen as little more than relaxation treatments for our complexion—a luxurious experience that typically involved cleansing, steaming, toning, and moisturizing—similar to our daily skincare routine but perhaps with more exclusive products.
Since the 1990s, it has become increasingly common to find skincare products with a high percentage of active ingredients, resulting in a big response from the spa and aesthetic beauty industry.
Many plastic surgeons offer non-surgical treatments in their clinics—everything from special facials to laser treatments, which stimulate the production of the basic pillars of skin: collagen and elastin. In this post, we highlight some of the most hotly solicited treatments.
Fractora for Scarring, Pore Reduction and Lines
For those seeking noticeable results for problems such as wrinkles, sun spots, large pores and acne scarring, facials with important anti-aging benefits such as CO2 Laser have long been the treatment of choice. That is, until Fractora came along. This treatment provides results similar to those obtained in CO2 laser yet the downtime is considerably less (three to seven days, compared to one to four months, respectively).
Traditional CO2 Laser is far more invasive because it involves removing the top layer of skin to stimulate the growth of new, wrinkle-free skin. CO2 also has potential side-effects, including scarring and demarcation (i.e., marks which show where the treatment has taken place), while Fractora doesn’t.
How Does Fractora Work?
This treatment works by delivering targeted RF energy to specific depths of the skin. The treatment is so minimally invasive that in just two days, you can start wearing makeup again.
Fraxel for Fine Lines, Scarring, Dark Spots, Sun Damage and Acitinic Keratosis (Scaly Patches)
Fraxel requires next to no recovery time, but will usually require around four sessions for optimal results. The treatment involves only minimal discomfort, which is lessened further through the use of a topical anesthetic. Slight redness can result, similar to a slight sunburn, lasting for up to a week.
How Does Fraxel Work?
The treatment involves the application of a Diode Laser, which drills microscopic holes in the skin, leaving some parts of the skin untouched to help speed up healing.
K-Laser for Large Post-Operative Scars
Those who have breast augmentations, tummy tucks or other operations can sometimes have large scars. K-Laser can help both with new and older scars, especially painful ones. It helps reduce inflammation, lowers wound healing time, and improves the appearance of scars.
How Does K-Laser Work?
This is an invasive Diode Laser, which increases the oxygenation of tissues and allows damaged cells to absorb light photons, to boost healing.
Gone are the day when facials were just a pleasurable, relaxing, and fragrant experience. While you can still opt for gentle, non-invasive facials, if you have an issue like sun spots or acne scars that refuse to go away regardless of what skincare you apply, laser may be your solution. Consult your doctor to find the treatment that works best for you.
Sally Collins is a professional freelance writer with many years’ experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.