For­get ex­trac­tions and masks: laser treat­ments are rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing the skin­care game in the UAE.

The laser rev­o­lu­tion is lead­ing the way in hi-tech skin­care. Fri­day looks at how th­ese pow­er­ful beams are chang­ing the beauty game

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Re­mem­ber the days when a trip to the fa­cial­ist meant ly­ing hor­i­zon­tal for an hour of cleans­ing, squeez­ing and lay­ers of lo­tions and po­tions? Now, book­ing a beauty treat­ment means nav­i­gat­ing a hi-tech menu with Nasa-worthy lasers to turn back the clock.

Th­ese beams are used for ev­ery­thing from re­ju­ve­nat­ing the skin and ban­ish­ing acne scars to zap­ping rosacea and sun dam­age.

The first laser was built in 1960 – the term laser orig­i­nated as an acro­nym for ‘light am­pli­fi­ca­tion by stim­u­lated emis­sion of ra­di­a­tion’. Rapid tech­ni­cal de­vel­op­ments have meant that th­ese rev­o­lu­tion­ary lights have for­ever changed the face of the beauty game.

More and more peo­ple are turn­ing to th­ese as an al­ter­na­tive to more in­tru­sive treat­ments such as go­ing un­der the knife, in part due to the limited down­time.

Mar­garet Lorimer, founder of L’Es­prit clinic in Dubai, says lasers are be­com­ing the most pop­u­lar way to wage war on age­ing.

‘Th­ese days I find that clients are us­ing lasers as a go-to first and even de­lay­ing us­ing the op­tions of Botox and fillers be­cause of the great long-term ef­fects.’

The most com­mon use of lasers when they were in­tro­duced was for hair re­moval, but now every­one is us­ing them as a quick fix for skin re­ju­ve­na­tion.

Dubai-based TV host Her­moine Macura says look­ing cam­era-ready at all times is a pri­or­ity and she reg­u­larly uses lasers as part of her monthly beauty regime. ‘I used to love hav­ing fa­cials at the sa­lon but now I find laser treat­ments are con­ve­nient, there is lit­tle pain in­volved and they get al­most in­stant re­sults. De­pend­ing on what I want to fo­cus on, whether it’s sun dam­age or fine lines, it’s my go-to beauty treat­ment.’ While it all sounds hi-tech, the science be­hind it is sim­ple. Lasers ba­si­cally di­rect short, con­cen­trated pul­sat­ing beams of light on tar­get ar­eas. Lasers go deep be­neath the skin der­mis to in­jure the skin so the body has to heal, which boosts col­la­gen and un­cov­ers more youth­ful skin. Some re­move the skin that has been dulled over time thanks to the en­vi­ron­ment, life­style and poor health choices, and un­cover fresh, youth­ful skin be­neath.

It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that with laser tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ing at the speed of light, that not all lasers are cre­ated equal and there is no one-size-fits-all ap­proach.

When it comes to adding lasers to your skin­care regime, there are two types to con­sider: ab­la­tive and non-ab­la­tive lasers.

Ab­la­tive lasers were among the first to be in­tro­duced for skin resur­fac­ing and are fast and ef­fec­tive. The down­side is that be­cause of their su­per­pow­ers, clients can be re­quired to take time off nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties as the skin starts to heal.

Think of it like peel­ing an orange – th­ese high-en­ergy beams re­move the top of the epi­der­mis layer by layer, forc­ing the body to re­pair it­self; this in turn boosts col­la­gen and helps erase signs of pig­men­ta­tion and acne scars.

Sounds painful? Prior to the treat­ment the der­ma­tol­o­gist usu­ally ap­plies an anaes­the­sia. The most com­mon ab­la­tive lasers are the Fraxel Re­Pair and Ac­tive Fx. Be warned though, af­ter this treat­ment look­ing in the mir­ror might have you ques­tion­ing your beauty-game san­ity. Fol­low­ing the pro­ce­dure, usu­ally dur­ing the first week, the skin will flake and peel be­fore the re­sults of fresher-look­ing skin are re­vealed. Ex­pect to see se­verely red skin that needs to be han­dled with ex­treme care and given time to heal out of di­rect sun­light – some­times up to two weeks. It’s best to book when you don’t have to be seen on the party cir­cuit.

Hol­ly­wood golden girl Jen­nifer Anis­ton de­scribes her­self as a ‘laser junkie’. The star ad­mits she be­came ob­sessed with lasers af­ter she no­ticed sun spots on her face thanks to her life­style in the Cal­i­for­nian sun. She says of her laser ex­pe­ri­ence, ‘It was like a peel that was ex­tremely in­tense. I looked like a burns vic­tim for a week and then my skin started to fall off for like eight days.”

While ab­la­tive lasers are highly ef­fec­tive, the most pop­u­lar go-to laser to­day is the non-ab­la­tive op­tion – it is less in­va­sive and there is less down­time, which, let’s face, it is an at­trac­tive op­tion when work­ing long hours. The laser beams deep into the skin, but leaves the top layer of the skin in­tact.

Think of it like peel­ing an orange – high-en­ergy beams re­move the top of the epi­der­mis, FORC­ING the body to RE­PAIR it­self; this in turn BOOSTS COL­LA­GEN and helps erase pig­men­ta­tion and acne scars

The most pop­u­lar frac­tional non­ab­la­tive laser on the mar­ket is the Fraxel Dual. Th­ese lasers work on skin re­ju­ve­na­tion, pig­men­ta­tion and wrin­kles as the heat en­cour­ages the skin to tighten to give a more youth­ful ap­pear­ance.

Wave­lengths of light pen­e­trate deep into the skin and it is a great al­ter­na­tive for those look­ing to tighten up skin, es­pe­cially around the chin area, and those who aren’t ready for more in­va­sive pro­ce­dures.

UK der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Rita Rakus is known for her celebrity list of clients. She says Fraxel fa­cial laser treat­ments are among the most pop­u­lar to re­ju­ve­nate the skin and are loved by Lon­don’s high so­ci­ety, who pop into her swish Lon­don bolt­hole each month for a laser fix.

Os­car win­ner and Goop guru Gwyneth Pal­trow ad­mits that she turns to the pop­u­lar Ther­mage treat­ment, often re­ferred to as ‘face iron­ing’, to ban­ish wrin­kles in her 40s.

“I don’t mind a few wrin­kles and freck­les. I had this laser treat­ment re­cently and it took a cou­ple of years off my face, but I haven’t had any plas­tic surgery yet,” she says.

The Ther­mage fa­cial is non-in­va­sive and uses ra­diofre­quency to smooth and tighten skin. The ap­pli­ca­tor tar­gets en­ergy to stim­u­late col­la­gen pro­duc­tion be­neath the skin’s sur­face.

The best bit about th­ese lasers are that there is limited down­time and lit­tle red­ness or flak­i­ness. It’s also pop­u­lar for women jug­gling work as it can be done in their lunch hour and pa­tients can be back at their desk in un­der 60 min­utes. While the treat­ment yields great re­sults, they are not as pow­er­ful as ab­la­tive lasers so for op­ti­mum re­sults pa­tients re­quire a suc­ces­sion of treat­ments, some­times up to six, spaced apart.

One of the lat­est laser treat­ments on the mar­ket in Dubai is the Aero­lase Light­pod. Mar­garet, of L’es­prit clinic, which uses the laser, says it has 32 ap­pli­ca­tions for cos­metic treat­ments so is among one of the most ver­sa­tile in the re­gion.

“It stands apart from other lasers due to the in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy. It is the size of a briefcase but most im­por­tantly it is great for those who want pain-free and

Cooler weather is the per­fect time to take ad­van­tage of the lat­est laser tech­nol­ogy and to save pre­cious time on your beauty regime – the re­duced tem­per­a­tures mean less chance of hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion that can be caused by sun ex­po­sure. Here are the top laser treat­ments to try this win­ter

prob­lem-free treat­ments as we can treat all skin types with­out any down­time, risk of burn­ing or, sim­ply, pain. She adds that it is used by many Hol­ly­wood doc­tors.

Med­i­cal aes­theti­cian at Dubai Cos­metic Surgery Lola Ali Mo­ham­mad says one of the most pop­u­lar treat­ments at the clinic is the Car­bon Laser Peel.

The treat­ment in­cor­po­rates the use of a laser on the sur­face of the skin af­ter a black car­bon layer cream has been ap­plied.

“The car­bon layer cream acts as a photo-en­hancer, which va­por­ises when the laser is ap­plied – a thin layer of skin is lifted to re­veal younger, glow­ing skin.

“It’s a lunch-hour pro­ce­dure that is very pop­u­lar with A-lis­ters due to its non-in­va­sive, zero pain and zero down­time qual­i­ties,” she ex­plains.

Af­ter a laser treat­ment, der­ma­tol­o­gists warn the num­ber one key to look­ing af­ter your skin and to avoid any fur­ther dam­age is to stay out of the sun, as skin can be hy­per­sen­si­tive – al­ways wear at least SPF50 sun­screen.

With lasers at the fore­front of anti-age­ing it looks like the face of beauty will con­tinue to change. Just con­sult a der­ma­tol­o­gist for the best op­tion to suit your skin needs.

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