Although most adults can undergo laser skin treatment, various factors, including skin tone and condition, as well as certain health conditions or medications, can make you ineligible for laser treatments. In addition, some prospective patients do not like the idea of a laser beam entering the skin, even though it is nearly painless. If you cannot undergo laser skin treatments, there are many other options for improving your appearance.
The good news is there are several treatments that may have similar results, including chemical peels or dermabrasion. These procedures work in much the same manner as laser skin resurfacing, by removing the outermost layer of skin. They differ in the process used to remove this layer. During dermabrasion, a specialized instrument removes a thin layer of tissue through a mechanical “sanding” process, making the surface of the skin smoother. During chemical peels, a specific chemical is used to remove this layer. Those with blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation benefit most from this process; chemical peels may also help with active acne.
Other methods used to treat conditions such as wrinkles, scars, or age spots include facials or alpha hydroxy acid. Again, these methods also work by removing layers of tissue. There are some topical creams and oral medications that may also work against these skin conditions. When weighing your treatment options, carefully consider the conditions or blemishes you would most like to treat, because not all methods are equally effective for treating all types of skin conditions. For example, your treatment options for wrinkles and fine lines usually differ from those used to target acne scarring.
Many who are not suitable for laser skin treatment may undergo more invasive cosmetic surgery, such as a browlift or facelift. This is usually done when the target conditions include wrinkles or sagging skin, although some other facial conditions may be treated with cosmetic surgery. Collagen injections, Botox, and similar cosmetic procedures may be used to treat fine lines or wrinkles.
Other methods of combating the signs of aging are even less invasive and should be undertaken whether you plan to have cosmetic procedures or not. These include staying out of the sun or frequently applying sunscreen, maintaining a healthy diet, and staying hydrated. Alcohol consumption and smoking can also affect your skin. Taking care of your skin throughout your lifetime is the most important step to maintaining a smooth and healthy complexion.