A Light treatment consists of a series of high-intensity pulses of broad-spectrum light; whereas a laser delivers a direct beam of energy to one specific target. With that being said, there are advantages to both procedures, and understanding the primary differences between the two is important when determining the best treatment plan to address your personal concerns.
Instead of delivering pulses of a broad spectrum light, a laser beam focuses on one specific wavelength, which allows for precise, targeted treatment of several different conditions. For example, tattoos can only be removed by lasers, not Light therapy. Also, while Light stimulates collagen, it is not as effective or efficient as laser resurfacing for collagen stimulation.
Common conditions treated by laser therapy:
Depending on the laser used, occasionally patients can expect some downtime following the procedure. This is especially true with laser resurfacing, which is indicated for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles. Laser resurfacing is also often performed to reduce the appearance of scars, including acne scarring. With the advancements in fractional laser technology, the downtime that can be expected after laser resurfacing has significantly decreased.
Intense pulsed light is an excellent treatment option for patients seeking overall facial rejuvenation with little to no downtime following treatment. Multiple treatments are often recommended for optimal results.
A Light treatment is specifically good for:
Although the difference between Light and lasers can often be confusing, the best way to discover which procedure best suits your needs is by consulting your health care provider or local cosmetic surgeon. Many factors such as skin types, allergies, and medical conditions should be taken into consideration by a medical professional prior to a treatment.