The visible signs of aging can make anyone feel self-conscious about their appearance. Concerns like skin laxity, sun damage, age spots, and broken capillaries can add several years to your overall appearance. However, with the right energy-based treatment, you can restore the youthful appearance of your skin and reduce the visible signs of aging. At Oceana Luxe Medspa in Corpus Christi, TX, we believe that Clear Lift is a laser treatment that can greatly improve your overall appearance.
What Is a Clear Lift?
Clear Lift is a non-ablative laser treatment that resurfaces and restores the superficial appearance of the skin. This treatment works by using energy to penetrate several skin layers to rejuvenate the skin. This laser treatment is powerful enough to break up darker pigment, dissolve broken capillaries, and incite more natural collagen production. Clear Lift is commonly used to treat conditions such as:
- Fine lines
- Age spots
Many patients consider this laser treatment an alternative to cosmetic surgery. With results that are similar to chemical peels and harsher laser systems, this treatment can effectively but gently resurface and restore the appearance of your skin. The key to this treatment is the unique fractional pattern that creates microscopic holes beneath the outer layer of the skin, which resurfaces without outer layer skin damage.
The Difference Between Ablative and Non-Ablative
To put it simply, there are two different types of laser treatments. An ablative treatment injures the surface of the skin to trigger the body’s natural healing abilities, while a non-ablative treatment does not harm the skin surface. Non-ablative treatments are generally preferable for most people since they are not painful, will not require recovery time, and can be used by most skin types and skin tones.
One of the biggest advantages of a non-ablative laser is the fact that it can be used on even the most delicate areas of the face, including the skin around the eyes, mouth, and neck. Ablative lasers can usually only be used on areas of the skin that have adequate density, so the fact that non-ablative lasers can be used on all areas of the skin makes it much easier to accomplish your aesthetic goals.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Overall, your treatment appointments can be completed during your lunch hour. The first part of your treatment will be cleansing your skin to remove any dirt, make-up, or other impurities from the surface of your skin. Then the Clear Lift laser will be applied to all of your treatment areas. Unlike other laser treatments, there’s no need to apply a topical numbing cream or cooling gel to the skin for this treatment – all you need to do is sit and let the unique laser system restore the appearance of your skin.
Will You Need a Consultation?
Yes, you will need a consultation before you can use this treatment. Although this laser system is generally appropriate for the vast majority of skin tones and skin types, a consultation appointment is essential to establish your aesthetic goals and to examine the condition of your skin.
For laser treatment, it’s essential that your skin is generally healthy and that you are fully qualified for the treatment. We pay particular attention to concerns such as scarring and sun damage during your consultation. We will also talk about all the areas of your body that can use this treatment, such as your face, hands, neck, and decolletage.
What Should You Do Before Treatment?
Although this treatment is much simpler than other laser treatments, you will still need to make some preparations for your appointment. For laser treatments, the biggest rule is to avoid any activity that can potentially trigger the production of melanin in the skin. These activities include tanning beds, self-tanning products, sunbathing, and unprotected sun exposure. Two weeks before your appointment, you should be sure to wear SPF when you are outside.
On the day of your appointment, you should wear comfortable, loose clothing on any areas of the body you plan to treat. While this treatment will take about 30 to 60 minutes to complete, patients who are treating multiple areas of the face and body may want to make more time in their day for this treatment. We may give you additional preparation instructions for your treatment.
What Should You Do After Treatment?
After your treatment, it’s essential to protect your sun from UV rays. This treatment will resurface your skin to break down previous sun damage, and while your skin is in recovery from this laser treatment, it’s possible that unprotected exposure to sunlight or other skin-darkening activities can trigger excess melanin production. Again, wearing SPF during the day is vital to protect your skin and ensure your results develop as desired.
Aside from SPF protection, you will be able to resume your normal daily routine and your basic skincare regimen immediately after your appointment. Some patients like to use gentle or lightweight moisturizers after their appointment to comfort the skin. You may be instructed to avoid wearing make-up for at least 12 to 24 hours. You may also need to avoid excessive heat, hot water, or sweating.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
Like many other laser treatments, it’s common to require more than one appointment to achieve your ideal results. A non-ablative laser treatment like this one generally requires at least three to six appointments to achieve optimal results. Your results will improve as you have more treatments, so patience is important while you wait for your skin to improve after your treatments.
Your appointments will generally be spaced about four weeks apart. You will start to see results a few weeks after your first appointment. Your results will continue to improve while the natural healing processes in your skin naturally discard pigmented skin cells, stimulate collagen production, and absorb broken capillaries.
How Long Will Results Last?
The results of this treatment will vary based on the skin condition you are trying to treat. For example, for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, your results will last for as long as the collagen production in your skin remains high, which is why many patients opt for annual treatments to maintain their results.
For the treatment of pigment concerns, such as sun damage or age spots, your results may last for as long as you can prevent further unwanted pigmentation. This is why taking care of your skin with the appropriate skincare products and wearing SPF during the day are essential to maintain your results.
What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?
Clear Lift is a highly beneficial treatment. On top of being painless, this powerful laser treatment is also considered a safe option, even for people who have sensitive skin. This virtually pain-free treatment requires no downtime and can be completed within your lunch hour. The treatment also produces long-lasting results when you take care of your skin correctly, such as by using adequate SPF protection after your treatment.
Who Are Good Candidates?
The vast majority of women and men who would like to restore their youthful appearance are good candidates for Clear Lift Treatment. If you have visible signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, or other pigment concerns, this treatment can be a perfect way to clear the slate and restore the appearance of your skin.
Candidates should have healthy skin, which means if you have certain skin conditions like eczema you may need to postpone your treatment. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may not be qualified for this treatment. The best way to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for this treatment is to attend a consultation appointment.
Clear Away Aging Skin Today
Aging skin can make even the most confident person feel self-conscious about their appearance. Fortunately, there are plenty of cosmetic treatments that can improve the superficial layer of your skin to erase visible signs of aging like wrinkles, sun damage, and scars. Clear Lift is one of the leading alternatives to laser surgery or other cosmetic surgery.
This non-ablative laser treatment revolutionizes the way age-related skin concerns are treated. With a gentle, yet powerful laser, the energy in this treatment can be used for virtually all skin types and skin tones without damaging even the most sensitive areas of the skin. Please contact us at Oceana Luxe Medspa in Corpus Christi, TX to schedule your consultation today.