Boosting Success by Reducing Signs of Aging

womaninmirror305By Jennifer Smith —

Washington D.C. is the political capital of the world, and appearance plays a large role in political success – especially for women.

Where signs of aging in men seem to add character and make them seem more statesmanlike, those same signs are read as frailty and weakness in women. It is evident in the overt speculation about whether or not Hillary Clinton is too old for the job of president, when age hardly seemed an issue with John McCain or Joe Biden, both of whom are older than Hillary; or with Mitt Romney, who is the same age.

The speculation about women’s abilities based on appearance doesn’t stop at politics, or even inside The Beltway. Looking at employment statistics, it’s clear that applicants over 50 are having trouble finding work, and this is especially true of older women.

While this increased scrutiny of women’s appearance, especially as we age, is hardly fair, it is an unfortunate fact of life. Fortunately, with the advent of laser technology, there are effective cosmetic procedures that can keep the visible signs of aging at bay.

What are cosmetic lasers?

Cosmetic lasers use high-energy, focused beams of light to affect cosmetic changes either on the surface of the skin, or to structures beneath the surface. There are two classes of cosmetic lasers – ablative and non-ablative – and each class has several different types.

Ablative Lasers

Ablative lasers affect the different layers of the skin to remove wrinkles, acne scars, and fine lines. Ablative lasers also repair sagging skin and lighten areas of hyperpigmentation, such as age spots.

To repair wrinkles, scars, and sagging skin, the laser removes the uppermost layer of skin cells to reveal the newer skin underneath, and stimulates collagen production to tighten and strengthen the skin.

To remove lighten areas of hyperpigmentation, the laser breaks the large clumps of pigment into smaller pieces which are then absorbed by the body.

There are two types of ablative lasers:

·  Carbon Dioxide (CO2), which is the oldest type of skin laser technology; and

·  Erbium lasers.

Non-Ablative Lasers

Non-Ablative lasers work beneath the surface of the skin to remove unwanted hair. They are also used to remove tattoos and other deep pigments, to repair vascular issues like varicose and spider veins.

To remove hair, the laser light is used to cauterize the hair follicle causing existing hair to fall out and preventing new hair from returning.

To remove tattoos the laser breaks up the pigments so that they can be absorbed by the body.

To repair vascular issues, the laser penetrates beneath the skin to seal off the damaged veins, causing them to shrink.

There are three types of non-ablative lasers:

·  Pulsed-Dye lasers, which are used primarily for vascular issues;

·  Nd:Yag Laser, for hair removal, tattoo removal, and vascular issues; and

·  Alexandrite lasers, for hair, tattoos, and leg veins.

Finding a Practitioner

Laser cosmetic surgery is regulated by each individual state so you should first check with your state medical board to find the names of licensed practitioners near you. Many practitioners in the D.C. area, and elsewhere, advertise on television and radio, and have websites that highlight their locations and areas of expertise. If you choose a practitioner from an ad, make sure you confirm that they are licensed with the state medical board.

Things to Consider

While surgical lasers are an excellent way to address several signs of aging, they are not without risks including sunburn-like skin irritation, and swelling. More serious, but less common, risks can include blistering of the skin and scarring.

Individuals with olive or darker skin could experience some unintentional loss of pigmentation, or light spots, because the natural pigmentation in their skin could absorb the light and be broken down into smaller particles. Also, some lasers don’t work well on very light; very fine hairs, because they rely on pigmentation in the hair to help the laser heat up the hair follicle.

Individuals seeking laser cosmetic surgery, especially those with darker skin or lighter hair, should discuss all of the risks and complications, with their doctor or laser technician, before scheduling the procedure.

Jennifer Smith is a part-time blogger who has been focused on personal development since college. Jennifer has a passion for health, fitness, and empowering others. It started with a nutrition degree and because her passion when she began personal training and creating health plans for clients. Seeing results and improving lives inspired her to work hard and start writing in her free time!

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