Laser therapy is used by dermatologists for a variety of treatments - from providing treatment for skin conditions such as acne, to cosmetic dermatology to reduce the appearance of facial birthmarks and smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Also known as laser skin therapy, this method of cosmetic dermatology treatment works by sending a intense beam of light, or wavelength into targeted skin cells. The cells absorb the heat from the laser beam and are destroyed. Laser therapy for skin conditions effectively removes damaged, scarred or aging skin (facial aging) allowing newly regenerated skin growth by stimulating collagen production.
High intensity light beams can be used to target pigmented skin cells, as in dermatological treatment to reduce 'port wine stain' birthmarks; to reduce wrinkles by removing top layers of skin with laser resurfacing treatment; to improve the appearance of acne scars or to remove damage caused by sun exposure.
There are many different methods of laser skin therapy available and the method used will depend on your dermatologists recommendation for the skin enhancement or improvement you desire. Three main types of laser therapy are used by dermatologists worldwide:
Smoothbeam laser: skin is pre-treated with a cooling spray that reduces the effect of laser on the outer surface of skin and the laser is used to target deeper layers of skin. Smoothbeam laser is often used as laser skin rejuvenation to improve the appearance of fine lines as the treatment does not cause prolonged redness of the skin.
Fraxel treatment: Fraxel laser treatment is so called because the laser beams affect only a fraction of the skins surface. The technique allows precise targeted treatment to the middle cells of the skin without damaging the outer cells. As the treatment does not touch the top/outer cells, the method enhances the speed of rejuvenation and patients see an improvement in skin rapidly.
Vbeam laser: Vbeam laser is predominantly used to reduce the appearance of keloid or acne scars. The laser can be used to target the blood vessels in the scars and improve the redness of a scar or flatten a raised scar.
Laser skin tightening as an alternative to a facelift and various laser acne treatments are also available.
An alternative to laser therapy is intense pulsed light therapy. The difference between the two procedures and the option most suitable for individual patients can be explained by a qualified dermatologist.
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