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Laser Wrinkle Reduction – Things You Should Know About

Updated on July 25, 2010

As we age, wrinkles will gradually appear on our face and body, this is a natural process that cannot be reversed. Most people would judge a person’s age from his or her appearance, so the condition of the skin, especially condition of the facial skin, plays an important role in people’s looking, skin smoothness gives an impression of youthfulness and energy, so people are always looking for better ways of skin resurfacing and wrinkle reduction. Laser wrinkle reduction is one method that is becoming more and more popular among all age groups in recent years around the world.

Skin aging are always marked by increased wrinkles (including wrinkles on the forehead, deepened nasolabial folds, vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows, crow's feet, cheek wrinkles, etc.) and skin laxity (including brow ptosis, deepened nasolabial folds, and changes in mandibular contour), both of which are very common and can be improved with proper treatments.

What are the main reasons that lead to wrinkled skin? The reasons can be divided into the following two internal and external factors:

Internal factors refer to the natural process of growth and aging that cannot be changed, the body's natural aging is a gradual process which becomes apparent from 30 to 35 years of age, and expedites in many years after that. Aging is especially easy to see in non-exposed parts of the skin, manifested as fine wrinkles and skin elasticity decline. Histological changes include thinning of the epidermis and a decreasing number of fat cells, blood vessels, collagen and elastic fibers in the dermis.

External factors can accelerate skin aging, such as the sun, fatigue, smoking, systemic chronic diseases etc.. Among all the external factors, aging due to light exposure is perhaps the main reason of skin aging and wrinkles, many studies have proved that the sun is the main cause of aging of the skin. However, until now, the mechanism of light caused aging is still in debate, most of the experts think that it is mainly due to UVB, a type of ultraviolet, and partly due to long-wave ultraviolet (UVA), these UV lights can cause DNA damage, lysosomal destruction and collagen structure change. Research shows that light can reduce the elasticity of the skin surface, make blood vessel wall thinner and brittle. Light caused aging are usually manifested as wrinkles, slack skin, rough skin, skin discoloration, telangiectasia and pigmented spots. 

What is Laser wrinkle reduction?

Laser wrinkle reduction is a popular laser technology that has been used to eliminate or reduce wrinkles on face and other body parts. Although it is a newly emerged technology, it has been used in clinical application and proved to be safe and effective with little post-operative complications. Having undergone several improvements and upgrades, laser wrinkle reduction now is a relatively mature procedure, it is becoming more and more popular as a safe and affordable cosmetic surgery around the world. Generally speaking, laser wrinkle reduction uses computer-controlled, low-energy carbon dioxide laser beams to reduce wrinkles on the skin surface, with the help of the computer, the surgery can accurately control the depth of the skin to be treated, and usually the procedure is done step by step at different layers of the skin.

The main reason why we are having wrinkles on our face and body is because of the reduction of skin collagen and the thinning of dermis for external and internal reasons. Laser beams can be used to improve the situation by thickening the dermis and reducing wrinkles arising therefore. The basic principle of laser wrinkle reduction is: the laser beams reached the dermis can stimulate the damaged dermis layer and generate new collagen, thus filling the shortage of the collagen and reduce wrinkles. The dermis under the skin has a self-healing mechanism that helps the damaged skin to repair, when treated with laser beams, the dermis will be stimulated to growth and reconstruct, resulting in thickening and wrinkle reduction.

In a properly designed laser wrinkle reduction operation, laser beams can enter the skin layer, and interact with melanin, hemoglobin and water in the skin. All these substances will absorb the laser energy and produce heat energy so as to activate dermal fibroblasts and other stromal cells to produce new collagen, elastin and a variety of cell matrix, while initiating skin tissue restructuring at the same time. The whole process is somewhat like a skin workout that helps the skin to become healthier, increase elasticity, retain more moisture and reduce fine wrinkles.

What can you expect from a laser wrinkle reduction?

Laser wrinkle reduction has many benefits that can be summarized as:

  • Effectively improve sagging facial skin, remove wrinkles with face lift effect
  • Eliminate forehead lines, frown lines, eye lines, nasolabial lines, neck wrinkles, wrinkles on the hand and stretch marks.
  • Effectively eliminate spots and redness, improve the condition of the skin by making it smooth and healthy.
  • The whole process is done painless without anesthesia, sometimes, there will be a slight burning sensation, after the treatment, no post surgery care is needed and you can start to use make ups immediately.

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