Cosmetic laser treatments in Iran

As the largest and most visible part of our body, skin is exposed to all kinds of external hazards and torments. From acne and wrinkles to sunburn and scars, the list of skin conditions and abnormalities never seems to come to an end. Aside from the external causes contributing to the said conditions, age is also another factor which affects the quality of people’s skin. Aging brings dark circles, sagging skin, wrinkles etc. All said, the need for high-quality treatments capable of effectively taking care of these issues seems compelling. One highly efficient innovation in the field of skin care treatment is laser therapy; magical ray beams that have a lot to offer.  

laser therapy

Lasers seem to have revolutionized the beauty industry as non-surgical cosmetic treatments. As non-invasive methods, the results they yield are quite notable and have attracted the attention of quite a lot of people over the past several years. Through penetrating the skin (the pigment under layers of skin), lasers work their magic. Compared to older, more traditional methods which used surgical knives and blades, laser therapy, as a non-invasive method seems like a big relief to devotees of skin care procedures; a procedure that rejuvenates dried, withered, sunburnt, and freckled skin. Aside from tangible physical achievements, psychological merits gained by this type of treatment, unparalleled with any other modality of treatment, should not be overlooked.

What does laser do and who is a good candidate for laser therapy?

By gently and accurately vaporizing or ablating the skin tissues, laser beams attempt to treat various issues such as wrinkles, scars and blemishes. IPL (stands for Intense Pulsed Light) is utilized to treat blood vessels and pigmentation. In this particular treatment, layers of skin are removed one after another with the use of short beams of light directed at specific parts of the skin.

types of cosmetic laser treatments

A number of skin abnormalities and ailments are treatable through laser therapy and the individual suffering from these can undergo laser treatment, assured that almost-perfect result will be achieved from modern-day technologies:

  1. Unwanted hair and tattoos
  2. Fine lines, wrinkles, and aging spots; all results of aging of the skin
  3. Acne scars
  4. Spider veins (varicose veins)
  5. All kinds of birthmarks
  6. Dark circles and sagging eyelid skin
  7. Crow’s feet around the eyes
  8. Frown lines
  9. Smokers’ lines
  10. Vascular lesions
  11. Uneven skin tone and texture

As can be perceived from the above list, many skin issues (and a number of other problems not listed above) are treatable using the increasingly innovative technologies that modernize laser treatments on a regular basis.

Light-based treatment

Cosmetic lasers and light-based devices are used to correct a wide range of cosmetic concerns and also to treat various pigmentary disorders. These devices can precisely aim the pigmented lesion, causing minimal damage to the surrounding tissues. Laser & light-based devices have many applications such as smoothing frown lines, softening upper and lower eyelid skin, eliminating fine lines on the face, reducing skin redness and hair removal.

Laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure which uses laser beam to damage the hair follicle. The beam of concentrated light passes through the skin and gets absorbed by the pigment in the follicle, significantly slowing future hair growth or completely preventing it. This treatment can be repeated if the hair grows again. This procedure is more effective for people with light skin and dark hair. The most common parts of the body treated by laser hair removal include the back, chest, shoulders, neck and face, mostly the upper lip and chin.

doctor doing laser hair removal for male patient

Laser skin resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing which is also called laser peel, uses a light beam to treat various skin issues. It can give you a tighter and more youthful skin appearance. This treatment can also be combined with other cosmetic procedures to improve your appearance. If wrinkles, scars, sun exposure, aging or other causes have affected the quality and color of your skin, laser skin resurfacing may be your solution.

Acne scar removal

When the skin is trying to heal the wounds caused by acne, excess of collagen in the dermis may remain permanently, which creates acne scars. It is important to treat this condition to restore your appearance and self-confidence. There are various methods to treat acne scars. Some of the non-surgical treatments include skin peels, microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing. The appropriate treatment depends on the acne scar type.

acne scar removal with laser in iran before and after

Types of lasers and the associated treatments

What distinguishes the various types of lasers are a few factors, namely its wavelength and mode of delivery. Based on the said criteria, lasers can be categorized; however, asidefrom these two most important factors, a number of other elements can influence the categorization of lasers: the combination of lasers with gases, precious stones and metals.

Nonetheless, the two broad categories are ablative lasers and non-ablative ones

Ablative lasers

In this method, an intense wavelength of light is projected on the skin by the use of which the outer damaged or sunburnt layers of skin are removed. Through stimulating the deeper layers of skin, collagen is formed beneath the skin and the result is a significantimprovement in the shape and overall condition of wrinkles. Subsequent to applying a laser to the skin, some sort of ointment is put on the skin. After healing, the new patch of skin on the treated area will emerge with a smoother and finer quality. There are two major types of ablative lasers: Carbon Dioxide Laser and Erbium Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet.

A: Carbon Dioxide Laser (Co2): As a traditional method that was first established in the 1960s, it has both benefits and drawbacks. In terms of shortcomings, it can be said that this first subcategory is not suitable for darker skin tones. Moreover, recovery time can be extended to a period longer than expected by such treatments and it risks such side effects as pain, itching, burning sensation, skin redness and scarring.

On the other hand, the said procedure benefits from some advantages as follows: it is ideal to treat skin cancer, acne scars, birthmarks, deep wrinkles, moles, saggy skin, sun damage and corns on feet, among other issues.

B: Erbium Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet (Er:YAG): This second subcategory of ablative lasers is the ideal treatment for surface level and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on certain areas of the body: hands, face, chest or neck. The winning card for YAG is the fact that it takes considerably less time to heal compared to the other methods and yieldsfewer side effects. Common side effects might range from redness to swelling and bruising which may last for a couple of weeks. It is mainly used to treat pigmentation problems, acne scars, fine lines, sun damage and small to moderate wrinkles.

Non-ablative lasers

The non-ablative method differs from the ablative method in that while the former heats and removes the surface layers of skin, the latter works beneath the surface of the skin and stimulates collagen growth, thus tightening the underlying skin layers and improving the skin tone at the same time. It helps remove fine lines and mild to moderate skin damage. A variety of laser-based treatments can be categorized under this broad category:

A: Pulsed dye laser: Through targeting the blood vessels and shrinking them, this kind of treatment reduces the redness of the skin. This particular procedure usually requires 3 to 5 sessions to yield proper results which are, more often than not, permanent. This method works best with varicose veins, birthmarks, stretch marks, and fine lines around the eyes.

Ablative and non-ablative lasers

B: Alexandrite laser: This may surprise you that this method of laser therapy works through destroying the specific target area by employing a process calledphotothermolysis. In this process, high energy wavelengths are converted into heat which damages a specific area; however, the surrounding area will be left unscathed. Experiencing pain during the treatment is a common complaint. In addition, redness, itching and swelling are among other prevalent side effects. Birthmarks, brown spots as a result of sun damage and pigmentations are ideal candidates for this sort of treatment.

Laser therapy in Iran

Numerous dermatology clinics and private offices in various cities of Iran offer laser treatments with the highest quality possible. Since these treatments are highly in demand in Iran, multiple chances of having such treatments are at your fingertips at very affordable prices. That is to say, while the cost of an average laser skin resurfacing in the United States stands at about $2300, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and an average of $875 (up to $2500) in the United Kingdom, a full package of laser therapy for the whole body  only costs an average of $140 in Iran; therefore, we invite you to journey to Iran and while having a pleasurable stay, you can get your treatment done at the hands of the best and most experienced physicians in our modern medical facilities. Our cosmetic clinics in Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad, Tabriz, Kish, and Isfahan are prepared to offer the best laser treatments to people from all corners of the world who wish to have healthy and glowing skin.

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