Laser Treatments Can Help Skin Conditions at Any Age

What are the best laser treatments for your age? That's actually a trick question. A person in their 20s with acne scarring or sun-damaged skin could need a more aggressive laser treatment than a person in their 40s who still has relatively good skin tone. A better question to ask is, "What is the best laser treatment for me?" As cosmetic laser skin treatments improve, a lot of the older devices and laser types are being discarded for new technologies. Dr. Michael R. Macdonald at San Francisco's Aesthetic Surgery Center is one of the few doctors in the area to adopt the clinically-proven BBL™ phototherapy. Short for Broad Band Light, BBL is gentle enough to be used on adults in any age range.

Common Skin Conditions Based on Age

The type of laser treatment that is best for you depends more on your individual needs than on your age. Dr. Macdonald will work with you to discuss your goals for laser skin treatments, any conditions or scarring that you may want to have removed, and the types of treatments that stand the best chance of achieving those goals. In general, these are the most common types of skin conditions that people encounter, based on their age:

BBL™ Phototherapy vs. Traditional Lasers

Traditional laser therapy treatments penetrate the skin to a specific depth. These are very aggressive treatments, require a lot of recovery time and tend to be more expensive. BBL™ phototherapy technology can be adjusted to specific depths to penetrate varying layers of the dermis (rather than a fixed depth like a traditional laser).

Here are some of the advantages that BBL™ phototherapy offers over most traditional laser treatments:

Because BBL™ phototherapy is so much more gentle and effective than traditional laser treatments, it can be safely used on adults in any age range. It can be used to treat active acne on patients in their 20s and to remove the effects of deep wrinkling and age spots on patients in their 60s. Patients who have tried traditional laser treatments rave about BBL™, because it is so much more effective and has such a greatly reduced recovery time.

If you'd like to learn more about the best laser treatments based on your age, as well as BBL™, contact Aesthetic Surgery Center to schedule an appointment today.

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