Is the treatment painful, how many treatments are required?
The treatment causes only minimal discomfort and initial soreness may resemble that of a mild sunburn or feeling of heat to the area. Typically several sessions are required for full-face, neck, and chest treatment. The average treatment takes about 30 minutes. Results may be seen after the first few treatments. Suggested treatment parameters are 3-6 treatments at 2 week intervals.
Are there any temporary or long-term negative side effects?
It is typical to see some mild and temporary light redness in the treated area immediately after treatment. However, it usually dissipates within a few minutes to a few hours after treatment. Being a non-invasive and non-ablative procedure, people return to work or normal activities immediately after treatment. The sensation during the laser pulsing only lasts for a fraction of a second and warmth and/or a tingling sensation is experienced for a short time afterward. If your treatment is for skin discoloration such as rosacea, the improvement can often be appreciated before the next treatment a month later. If your treatments are for sun damage or brown age spots, these temporarily go darker before they lighten. If your treatment is primarily for wrinkles and fine lines, you will notice an immediate plumping of the skin and a softening of the skin. There are no long-term negative effects of these treatments when done in the hands of a certified laser practitioner.