Laser treatment stands out as an effective option for a wide array of skin issues, from hyperpigmentation and wrinkles to scarring, birthmarks, and certain veins. While it is appropriate for most skin types, those of you with sensitive skin may be wondering if laser treatment is right for you.
If you’re starting out with sensitive skin or eczema, both of which compromise your skin’s barrier function, you may experience more sensitivity than that which is typical of a patient with non-sensitive skin.
The good news is that with the right laser, pre- and post-care, and provider, many people with sensitive skin can benefit from well-executed laser skin treatment.
Choosing the Right Laser for Sensitive Skin
As opposed to ablative lasers, which have a wavelength strong enough to remove the outer layers of skin, non-ablative lasers improve the appearance of wrinkles, brown spots and certain scars by heating the skin without injuring its surface. The heat created by the laser stimulates collagen production, helping skin become smoother, younger, and more radiant in appearance. So people with sensitive skin are well-served to stick with treatment such as IPLs, which are performed on a customized schedule and can be done with less-invasive non-ablative lasers.
In addition to opting for non-ablative treatment, you want a provider to have the most current equipment, which will produce heat most efficiently and spare your skin of additional time--and heat!-- needed for older models of lasers to work their magic.
Choosing the Right Laser Skin Treatment Provider
Especially when you have sensitive skin, choosing the right laser skin treatment provider is essential. Your aesthetician or facial aesthetics clinic should be highly qualified. Look for updated certifications and at least several years of experience as well as updated equipment and clean, well-kept offices.
Make sure your provider is engaged and sensitive to your special needs. You should be getting a pre-treatment consultation, because knowing exactly you need to reach your goals without damaging your skin is an integral part of treatment in that it informs your treatment plan.
Be aware of the products you are using and make sure your provider is recommending the right aftercare. Especially for those with sensitive skin, the wrong cleansers, lotions, and creams will actually irritate--not soothe--your lasered skin. It’s important to comply with the recommendations of your provider, who will guide you in using products that are designed for sensitive skin.