Some Common Laser Treatments
A laser works by emitting a single wavelength of a high energy light that generates heat to get rid of the skin problem. There are several cosmetic laser treatments commonly performed on the skin mainly to remove hair, lines, tattoos, lesions, and scars. Specialists in laser treatments use lasers of different wavelengths for different laser procedures.
Skin tightening and fine lines
The specialist will remove wrinkles and fine lines through a combination of skin tightening and resurfacing by a relatively aggressive laser. This procedure is also effective in removing warts and skin tags as well as laser assisted surgery where the specialist uses it to cut through the skin.
It is possible to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin through the creation of a controlled injury to the skin. The heat of the laser increases collagen production in the skin thereby inducing the tightening of skin and overall healthier looking skin.
Removing cancerous lesions and treating sun spots
Another common laser treatment procedure is the one used to treat age and sunspots, treating rosacea, freckles, spider veins, enlarged pores, and even removing dark circles under the eye.
Previously, surgeons removed all these using scalpel but with the advances in technology, they now use lasers to treat precancerous lesions as a preventative measure.
Plastic surgeons also use lasers to remove vascular lesions such as broken blood vessels and veins as well as some birthmarks.
Laser hair and tattoo removal
These are perhaps the two most common laser treatment procedures. If you have a tattoo that you regret having then the laser tattoo removal is a procedure you should look into. The procedure involves melting the ink in the skin and then using the body’s own vascular system to get rid of it.
Since tattoo ink lasts long, it is not possible to get rid of the tattoo in one treatment session. If the tattoo comprises of different colors, then you will need to go for several treatment sessions for the complete removal of the tattoo.
Laser treatments are also a wonderful for getting rid of unwanted hair. The laser targets every strand of hair to destroy its growth. Since hair grows in different cycles, then you will need to go for several treatments to get rid of the hair that the laser did not get during previous treatment sessions.
In conclusion, there are different types of laser treatments that treat different skin conditions. Visit a plastic surgeon to determine the procedure that will work best for you.