Laser skin whitening works with the principle of resurfacing which simply means peeling with laser. Short & concentrated beams of laser are used for removal of unwanted as well as damaged skin.
This laser technology can also be used for treating skin conditions such as fine lines, wrinkles, scars, uneven skin tone, dark spots, etc. The procedure involves the use of a laser beam which removes the upper layer of the skin i.e. the epidermis along with that it heats the underlying dermis which helps in stimulation of the growth for new skin cells.
Furthermore, though the treatment is effective enough to treat conditions like melasma & lightening of dark spots, but if the treatment turns to aggressive one then in some cases it can lead to “post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation” i.e. dark pigmentation of the treated skin. This isn’t much common side effects and mostly common among darker skin tone people.
Advantages of Laser Treatment for Skin Whitening
As you already know that some whitening treatments requires more time to show their results, but laser treatment for skin whitening or resurfacing works faster and the results can be noticed after a very short period of time.
Right after the treatment you can see your skin, appear brighter than before along with that you can feel your skin being softer, as the time will pass which means healing will proceed you can see more of its effectiveness over 3 to 6 months. The work depends upon being Abalative or Non- Abalative; if the techniques are Abalative then you may need only 1-2 treatments for dark spots removal whereas for Non-Abalative techniques can take a bit longer i.e. 2-5 treatments.
Reported results are positive
You may be familiar with all the fairness treatments and how they are not all equally effective but in the case of Laser Treatment for skin whitening, it has proven its effectiveness by working on a lot of skin issues which include fine lines, wrinkles, acne scar removal, sun damage repair, and a lot more.
The provision of professional help
Whenever a patient is undergoing the laser treatment for skin whitening, they are always under the surveillance of the professional both during and after the procedure being carried out. The results, effects, etc are kept in check so that if any issues or complications arise then you will be assisted by trained doctors to help you get rid of the problems.
Disadvantages of Laser Treatment for Skin Whitening
May have side effects
Even though the modern technology is capable of helping you for reduction of blemishes and dark spots along with solution for various types of skin issues, there can be a few side effects of the treatment which you should be aware of. The common side effects for the patients to notice is prolonged redness, swelling of skin, etc after the procedure is finished. The doctors do advise the patients regarding the treatment cause which includes skin blistering, scarring, scabbing, infections, etc
Furthermore, as the laser is responsible for the destruction or interruption in the structure of the cells present under the treated skin surface, it can eventually damage the cells responsible for melanin production. Therefore, in some of the cases this damage of melanin cells can lead to either increase in the melanin production and will eventually darken the treated skin known as hyper pigmentation or in least possibilities, lightening of skin which is known as hypo pigmentation.
Pricing of the treatment
Depending upon the area you live in and the laser being used, the costs of the laser treatment for skin lightening can vary. According to ASPS (American Society of Plastic) 2012 statistics, the average price you have to pay for the treatment is $2,222 for Abalative technique and $1,113 in case of Non- Abalative technique. Therefore, the treatment costs can range between $500 to $4000. The pricing is also affected by the type of professional you are opting out for; a plastic surgeon might be more expensive than a dermatologist.
Required time for recovery
After having a laser treatment for skin whitening you may notice your skin reacting in various ways. A lot of people said about the treatment feeling like getting mild sunburn along with a tingling sensation. Furthermore, the treated skin can show redness and swelling after the treatment and some people may also feel itching or stinging sensations after a few days of the procedure.
If you are a blonde or red head then the redness may last longer than expected. If you are already planning for the recovery time you might require then you should consult the professional before the treatment as this may vary according to the treatment you are having.
A simple procedure might require a few days but if it’s a full face treatment then it may involve the dressing part which will extend the duration to 8 to 10 days.