If you have ever felt a baby's skin, you know that it has a delicate, smooth texture that is soft to the touch. Although we would all like to keep those qualities forever, the truth is that life is rough on your skin. Exposure to the elements – be it sun, rain or wind – as well as environmental toxins can take a toll on your body's biggest organ. Then there's a little problem called growing older, which decreases the elasticity of skin and causes wrinkles, fine lines and brown spots to form. Many people in their 40s and 50s may notice sagging skin and a lackluster complexion, which can make them look tired.
Can anything be done about aging skin, short of jumping into a time machine? The answer is yes, thanks to advancements in medical research that have led to the creation of a technology called the Fraxel laser treatment.
This device, which is approved by the FDA, sends laser energy into the skin to tackle irregular texture, skin discoloration, wrinkles and enlarged pores. The process takes up to five 30-minute sessions that are safe, effective and minimally invasive. Fraxel laser treatment, which is available at cosmetic facilities throughout the U.S., can be performed on the face, neck, hands, arms and chest to give patients a fresher, more youthful appearance.
What many individuals love most is that the technique involves no surgery and consequently, no downtime, allowing them the convenience of getting back to their everyday lives.
Kathy Weatherwax, who underwent the procedure, said that she wanted to "look brighter and younger and fresher," quoted by the Centre Daily Times. "I wanted maximum results with minimum downtime because I have two little ones."
Following the treatment, the 48-year-old mom said that she felt she could pass for looking a decade a younger.
Cosmetic specialists all over the country agree that Fraxel laser treatment is the way to go, from experts at Reflections Medical Spa in New Jersey to other facilities across the U.S.
"[The device] is a great skin resurfacing technology that has shown consistent safety and efficacy over the years that it has been in widespread use throughout the world," said Yale University-trained surgeon Alexander Rivkin, quoted by Monsters and Critics. "It is my go-to resurfacing laser for patients who cannot afford the downtime [of more invasive techniques]."
Getting your baby skin back might be impossible, but looking fresher and younger can be done by looking into laser skin rejuvenation.