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Laser and light therapy treatments for wrinkles

Age, sun exposure and medical issues can wreak havoc on our skin — and are just a few reasons some of us may appear older than we really are. Here’s the good news: Technologies in laser skin resurfacing and light therapy treatments may help reduce some premature signs of aging, such as the appearance of facial lines, wrinkles, blemishes and scars. Here’s an overview of each procedure.

Laser therapy treatments

Also referred to as laser skin resurfacing and laser peel, the treatment works by using lasers to send concentrated beams of light to areas of the skin, removing the damaged layer of skin and stimulating the growth of new collagen fibers that appear stronger and firmer. Treatments may minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and forehead, scars from acne, or sun-damaged skin.

Recent technologies allow providers better precision and control, resulting in a more targeted approach. Depending on the area (or areas) being treated, recovery may last from a few days to a few weeks. While laser therapies are usually more invasive and involve a longer recovery period compared to light therapy treatments, the results may last up to several years.

Light therapy treatments

Light therapy — also known as LED, blue light or red light therapy — can be a less invasive and less expensive alternative to laser therapy treatments. The process includes sitting or lying in front of a light source. The therapy works by encouraging the production of collagen and elastin, which may give skin a fuller, brighter appearance. One of the major benefits of light therapy is that treatment can take as little as 20 minutes, with no downtime — you could even schedule a treatment during your lunch hour! Depending on your desired results, more than one treatment may be recommended. It may take up to a few weeks to notice results, which generally last up to a year.

Tips to maintain your results from laser and light therapy

Talk to your provider about any post-treatment instructions, including any follow-up visits you may need to maintain results. Other ways to help protect your skin and maximize your treatment results include:

  • Limit direct sun exposure
  • Keep skin well moisturized
  • Follow a skin care routine recommended by your provider

You have choices when it comes to fighting the effects of aging skin. Discuss your beauty goals with your doctor, who can review your options and recommend treatments to help you get the look you want. Remember that you can use your CareCredit credit card to pay for services and treatments at participating providers. Use our handy Acceptance Locator or download the CareCredit Mobile App to find a nearby provider who accepts CareCredit.

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