Laser Therapy: Purpose, Procedure, and Risks
Dec 29, 2021

So let's explore each one addressing the purpose, procedure and risks involved. Starting with an interesting fact: LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers were thought to be made around the early 1950s, with the first reported medical applications in the early 1960s primarily used for experimental cardiovascular procedures.

These days Lasers are frequently used in medical and cosmetic clinics and hospitals worldwide. The most well know, and probably the most popular, is Laser hair removal:

 

Laser hair removal

 

Laser hair removal is effective on the face, leg, chin, back, arm, underarm, bikini line, and other regions. Some of the advantages of laser hair removal include Precision; lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while causing no damage to the surrounding skin. Speed, The laser pulses are only a fraction of a second long and may treat a large number of hairs at once. A quarter-sized region can be treated every second by the Laser. Small parts, like the upper lip, can be treated in under a minute, while large areas, like the back or legs, can take up to an hour.

Predictability. After three to seven treatments, most patients lose their hair permanently, although this can vary according to specific hormone production.Risks of Laser Hair removal include burns and hyperpigmentation. For safety reasons, it is always advisable to go to a reputable clinic and perform a skin patch test to determine the correct energy parameters for your skin type. Please be advised that you should also avoid sun exposure during the days before and after treatment.

 

Vascular Lasers

 

vascular lasers

 

There are several types of vascular lasers, including pulsed dye, PTP, Alex and Diode, to name but a few. However, Pulsed dye seems to be the most effective. Vascular lasers treat many skin conditions, including pigmentation, thread veins, birthmarks and Tattoos.

The number of treatments required varies according to the type of Laser and the condition being treated. Tattoo removal can take three to six sessions and will generally target most colours. However, the removal of red pigment is sometimes unsuccessful.

 

Vascular laser treatment risk factors include temporary or permanent Pigmentary abnormalities (hyper or hypopigmentation) and scarring. In addition, bruise like marks on the skin (Purpura) and infection are also potential side effects. As with all Laser treatments, it is critical you only go to a reputable clinic with experienced and qualified practitioners to lessen the risk of unwanted side effects.

 

Anti-Ageing and Scar removal Lasers

 

 

anti-ageing and scar removal lasers

 

The most common types of skin resurfacing lasers include ablative and fractional CO2 Lasers, Erbium Lasers. Anti-ageing and scar removal lasers have been around for decades. However, although still used in some instances, the more aggressive ablative Lasers like CO2 have now been substituted with fractional lasers. These newer lasers can produce similar results over a more extended period, with much less risk and downtime. And IPL (intense pulsed light).

 

 

You may have heard of FRAXEL. This is a well-known and popular treatment for skin resurfacing and scar removal. The latest lasers are called PICO lasers. Pico laser technology is a safer and more effective laser skin treatment commonly used to treat many skin conditions, including flaws, sun damage spots and acne scars.

Side effects of Anti-aging or scar removal lasers are similar to that of vascular lasers. For professional advice on LASER treatment please contact an experienced medical professional, preferably a dermatologist that specialises in Skin conditions.

 

Article by Lynda Naji RHH Kuwait.