Your Personal Guide to Laser Treatment for Wrinkles
Acting your age often isn’t the problem: it’s looking your age that can stink. Luckily, there are plenty of treatment options for making your skin look younger than ever. If you’re wondering which laser treatment is best for treating wrinkles, we’ve put together a guide to some of the best options on the market:
Clear + Brilliant: Best for Millennials
Picture this: you wake up one morning, get out of bed, turn on the coffee-maker, and head into the bathroom. You look in the mirror, and suddenly you’re wide awake. When did you get those crow’s feet, or those little wrinkles in your cleavage? (True story.) Signs of aging can start showing up as early as your twenties, especially on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth. For those smaller wrinkles that give millennials grief, Clear + Brilliant is the perfect laser treatment. It’s gentle, non-aggressive, and best of all, comes with no downtime. Plus, it gives your skin a nice, radiant glow.
Fraxel Restore: Best for Moderate Wrinkles and Darker Skin Types
Fraxel Re:Store is basically the go-to laser treatment for wrinkles. If you want to get rid of crow’s feet or worry lines, but don’t want to come away looking plastic, then the Fraxel laser is a great bet. While there is some downtime, it’s pretty minimal. Many patients can return to work after two or three days, which makes this is a great option for professional go-getters looking to recapture their youth. As a bonus, Fraxel Re:Store tends to add a glow to your face.
You may have heard that some laser treatments don’t work well on darker skin types, and that’s true. But Fraxel works well on any skin type, which means it’s a pretty safe option for those with darker skin.
Fraxel Repair: Best for Deep Wrinkles and Uneven Texture
For deeper wrinkles and sagging skin, you may want to try Fraxel Re:Pair. A little stronger than Fraxel Re:Store, this is the laser treatment to use when you need a little more help getting rid of those age lines. It’s an ablative treatment, meaning that it removes skin tissue to reveal the younger, healthier skin underneath.
Unfortunately, that means Fraxel Re:Pair comes with more downtime than the other options. You’ll probably experience redness and some scabs for about a week, after which your face will look pink for three to four weeks. But once the scabs heal after the first week, you can use a little make-up to hide the pinkness. And when your face heals completely, you’ll have fresher, smoother skin.
Here’s another thing to ponder as you decide whether or not laser therapy is right for you: there’s evidence that laser treatment contributes to healthier skin in the long run. You may just be looking for a quick fix to get rid of some of those age lines, but certain laser treatments can actually help eliminate pre-cancerous skin conditions as well. In other words, you’re getting a more youthful look and helping your skin be healthier. What’s not to love about that?