On Cosmetic Laser Treatments
When recently visiting the Beauty Culture exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography there was a section on plastic surgery- images of people going under the knife- everything from tummy tucks to face lifts. The pictures were very graphic and chilled my squeamish constitution to the bone.
I’ve always said I would never get plastic surgery. And I know one should never say never but for now I am sticking to my guns. I know you might find this hard to believe (as I mainly blog about beauty and appearance) but I’m simply not vain enough to get cosmetic surgery. My major flaws do not bother me enough to actually get surgery to correct them.
Plus I subscribe to the French philosophy that a quality of jolie laide (which translates literally as ugly/ pretty) in a woman can bring out her uniqueness. A big nose, a small chest, a less than flat stomach… these ‘flaws’ add character! After all we don’t want to all look alike do we?
But what about those pesky wrinkles, sagging skin, sun and age spots and other less than desirable signs of aging? How will I feel when those start to affect me? While I still say I’m not vain enough to get plastic surgery… I am vain enough, however to try a non-invasive procedure.
I am speaking of Cosmetic Laser Treatments- and the future technologies of the beauty industry.
My only experience with lasers has been laser hair removal (I know I’m venturing into the realm of over-sharing but this is a blog after all and I feel it my duty to let you know- plus you might be interested in hearing my verdict on the subject). I got it done four years ago and have had an overall good experience with it. It removed 80 – 90% of the unwanted hair in the areas targeted. The technology improves and advances everyday so I imagine that now, four years later, the hair removal would be even more efficient.
I have heard that lasers can do so much more than remove unwanted hair though. I recently had the opportunity to ask some questions to Alma Lasers- one of the leading cosmetic laser companies in the country, some of my pressing questions with regards to cosmetic laser therapy. Here is our Q and A:
Why are women using lasers? To improve their skin’s color, tone, laxity and texture.
How do lasers work? Every laser has a wavelength that targets a specific depth in the skin to hit the desired trouble area to create improvement.
What are the most popular laser treatments? Laser hair removal, pain free hair free.
What is the quick lunchtime laser fix? For Alma lasers it’s “Accent your body”. More information about the treatment can be found at www.accentyourbody.com
How long do the results last? Laser treatments can last years, however protection against sun exposure is imperative to keep the skin looking its best.
How much pain is involved? If no pain, how is this possible? The heat is applied gradually until the therapeutic temperature is reached to avoid pain.
How much does a treatment cost? (price range) anywhere from $250-$2000
Where is the cosmetic laser trend headed in the next few years? In the next few years cosmetic lasers will have longer lasting results with less downtime.
Where can you get laser treatments done? In an aesthetic physician’s office- all across the country.
Voilà their response.
I would love to know… what do you think of cosmetic laser therapy. Would you have it?
For more information on Alma Lasers and to find a practitioner click here or visit: www.accentyourbody.com
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