Lasers have become common tools in cosmetic practices around the world. Today lasers allow cosmetic surgeons to perform procedures that could only be dreamed of just a few years ago. Modern lasers are very specific instruments, each with its own purpose when it comes to treating skin problems or for rejuvenation.
Vascular lasers are used to treat those tiny red vessels on the nose and face. They can also be used to treat leg veins and certain vascular birthmarks such as port wine stains and hemangiomas.
Pigment Reducing Lasers
Pigment reducing lasers are used to erase tattoos, age spots, freckles, or other pigmented anomalies of the skin.
Hair Reduction Lasers
Hair reduction lasers are used to reduce the amount of unwanted hair on the face, underarms, legs, bikini area, or any other region with undesirable hair.
Certain lasers today can be used to treat and reduce acne and others to improve acne scars. Rosacea, a very common problem in adults, can also be improved with today’s modern laser technology.
Facial Resurfacing Lasers
Resurfacing lasers are used to precisely remove layers of skin, reducing the signs of aging by removal of fine lines and wrinkles, and restoring the natural young color of the skin. These same lasers are often used to resurface injury or acne scars and cosmetically improve ones appearance.
How do lasers work?
Lasers work by producing short pulses of intense light that pass into the skin. Some lasers are designed to focus their light at deeper layers of the skin, thereby passing through the upper layers harmlessly. This laser energy is attracted to the pigments of hair follicles, birthmarks, tattoos etc, and dissolves these pigments. Heat stimulation from the laser light stimulates collagen growth to further enhance your results. There are several different lasers being used today, some better for some skin conditions, and other lasers used for others. For more information on how lasers work and which ones are best for your treatment needs, talk to your skin care specialist.
What should I know about laser treatments?
- Often an individual will need more than one treatment
- Lasers cause minimal discomfort and minimal down time
- There is very little risk associated with laser treatments
- Treatments may take 10 minutes to an hour or more depending on what condition is being treated
Are Laser treatments right for me?
If you are currently being treated for vascular lesions, acne or rosacea, pigmented lesions such as birthmarks, hemangiomas, or tattoos, or if you have wrinkles or would like to stimulate fresh natural collagen growth then ask your skin care specialist if a laser treatment will benefit you.