The Best Laser Skin Treatments to Try Today


While following a daily skincare regimen is an integral part of creating a flawless complexion, sometimes it just isn’t enough. No matter how much we cleanse, tone and hydrate, there are always those parts of our skin that we wish we could make disappear. You know those, dark spots, acne scars, broken capillaries and pesky wrinkles. Luckily, where regular skin care just isn’t enough, lasers come in. In collaboration with Dr. Garth Dicker of Cosmetic and Laser Medical Centers, we’ve created your ultimate guide to achieving the perfect complexion with the latest laser treatments.

How do lasers work?

“Essentially, a laser works by producing a single, specific wavelength (or color) of light,” says Dr. Dicker. “When this light is focused, it produces heat which can then be used to specifically target structures in the skin.” Some lasers are designed to target melanin (the brown pigment in skin and hair), allowing it to remove dark spots for a clearer complexion and target follicles for laser hair removal. Other wavelengths target red tones to rid the skin of acne scars, rosacea, broken capillaries and blood vessels.

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What is laser skin resurfacing?

According to Dr. Dicker, “Laser skin resurfacing involves using a laser device to produce a smoother, more youthful-looking skin surface.” The technique, which focuses on skin texture rather than redness and pigmentation, is most often used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as firm and smooth skin.

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Difference Between Ablative and Non-Ablative Treatments

When it comes to laser skin resurfacing, there are two types. Ablative and non-ablative treatments, which both work to rejuvenate the skin, are very different in how they work. “‘Ablative’ refers to the removal of the superficial (epidermal) layer of skin, while ‘non-ablative’ refers to the absence of removal of the superficial layer of skin,” says Dr. Dicker. “Ablative treatments may provide faster results, but the flip side is that there’s more downtime and a greater risk of complications.” Although it can be difficult to choose between the two types, Dr. Dicker says there may be a third option. Split ablative procedures have become a recent trend. The procedure limits the amount of skin removed during ablative treatments to reduce downtime while delivering rapid results.

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How do I know which laser is best for me?

Laser treatments can be very effective, but they can also be tricky. Everyone’s skin is different and requires different treatment. To find the best laser for you, consult a professional at a cosmetic or skin care laser center. The practitioner will be able to recommend the best treatment for both your skin and the results you want to see. According to Dr Dicker, it is also important to know that in “most states in Australia there is no regulatory control over the necessary qualifications of laser practitioners or the quality control standards to which laser machines can be used”. To ensure that you receive the best treatment, he recommends that you do your research and choose a medical laser clinic with experienced, college-educated practitioners.

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The best latest skin treatments

As technology and science continue to evolve, laser therapies continue to become more effective and innovative. Cynosure is at the forefront of this innovation and creates the latest and greatest skin treatments. Cynosure is a global leader in laser technology, continuously developing and manufacturing new laser and light-based enhanced aesthetic technologies. Known for beautiful results and life-changing benefits, Cynosure creates the best new laser therapies for beautiful skin, such as Picosure Skin Revitalization and Revlite Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser.

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1. Picosure Skin Revitalization Treatment

The Picosure laser is the new standard in skin revitalization and treatment of wrinkles, acne scars and pigmentation issues. The laser harnesses the power of picosecond technology to deliver ultra-short pulses (trillionths of a second) to the skin to stimulate the production of elastin and collagen. This breakthrough technology allows patients to achieve the exceptional results of an ablative laser without the same skin damage. The treatment is exceptional for creating rejuvenated, youthful, clear skin with little to no downtime.

How long does it take to heal?

Downtime for Picosure patients is minimal. Although treatment is usually followed by a few hours of mild redness and swelling, patients can return to daily activities immediately.

Does it hurt?

According to Dr. Dicker, Picosure treatments are “generally described as a mild to moderate tingling and warming sensation on the skin.” Despite the slight discomfort, most patients find the procedure easy to tolerate.

How much does it cost?

The cost of Picosure skin revitalization can vary greatly depending on where you go to have the procedure and how much treatment your skin needs. At cosmetic and laser medical centers, the cost is around $440 per treatment with four treatments generally recommended. Although Picosure can be expensive, customers often feel that the results outweigh the extra cost.

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2. Revlite Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser Treatment

Revlite is a next generation Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser featuring breakthrough technology that uses nanosecond pulses to treat a range of skin concerns with 60% more power. Treatment with this laser creates exceptional results for people with pigmentation issues, such as dark spots and melasma, as well as acne scars and vascular lesions. In addition to creating clearer complexions, this non-ablative laser is an effective method for skin resurfacing and requires no downtime.

How long does it take to heal?

Like Picosure, Cynosure’s Revlite Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser has minimal downtime, with patients able to resume daily activities immediately afterwards. Dr. Dicker says it’s “largely a lunchtime procedure.”

Does it hurt?

Although the Revlite laser is generally painless, patients may experience minimal discomfort during treatments. “The best way to describe how the Revlite laser feels on the skin is like little hot candles,” says Dr. Dicker.

How much does it cost?

Treatments using a Revlite Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser, while generally less expensive than Picosure, can also vary widely in price. While it’s always best to ask your clinic for a quote, patients have been known to pay between $150 and $400 per treatment. According to Dr. Dicker, the cost of laser toning using a Q-Switch Nd:Yag laser at cosmetic and laser medical centers is $165 per treatment.

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Best laser products for skin

After receiving laser skin treatment, it is essential to use the right products to help your skin recover and achieve the best results. When it comes to post-treatment products, it doesn’t get any better than Rationale’s Essential Six range. As luxurious and gentle as they are powerful, these products have revolutionized medical care in incredible ways. Featuring three steps in the morning and three in the evening, this six-product regimen provides complete skin protection and repair for all skin types.

1. Immunologist Niacinamide Serum

Rationale’s Immunologist Serum creates clear, calm skin by boosting its immune responses. Also containing ingredients to help normalize melanin production, this powerful little serum will have your skin in tip-top shape in no time.

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2. Ace Super Antioxidant Rejuvenating Serum

Super Antioxidant Ace uses botanical extracts and antioxidants to protect and rejuvenate damaged skin. Also containing a range of vitamins, this serum is designed to firm the skin and reactivate luminosity for a beautifully radiant complexion.

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3. Light-Activated Photodynamic Day Cream SPF15

Rationale Photodynamic Day Cream SPF15 harnesses the power of light to boost vitamin D levels and rejuvenate the skin. At the same time, this multitasking cream provides a soothing and protective shield against UV, infrared and visible light.

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4. Proceramide Emulsion Preparatory Cleanser

Proceramide Emulsion gently cleanses the skin of impurities and makeup while boosting hydration and firmness with nourishing lipids. Unbeatable for creating clear skin, this cleanser is packed with powerful antioxidants and ceramides.

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5. Catalyst Skin Refining Serum

To invigorate skin so it looks youthful and radiant, nothing beats Catalyst Skin Refining Serum. The serum, which works to recalibrate skin’s pH to youthful acidity, leaves skin feeling firm and smooth and looking hydrated and luminous.

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6. DNA Reactivating Night Cream

DNA Reactive Night Cream is a powerful restorative formula designed to fortify and nourish the skin overnight. Containing three forms of vitamin A and DNA repair enzymes, the cream promotes the process of cell regeneration.

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