Laser treatments have rapidly increased over the past decade. With the introduction of new laser technologies, many have benefitted from such procedures — from skin resurfacing to body contouring to hair removal. Not all laser treatments are created equal, though. Below are the most common uses of lasers in the field of dermatology and aesthetic medicine.
Laser treatments for skin resurfacing address issues that have to do with sun-damaged skin like age spots and uneven pigmentation. It can also renew the appearance of aging skin by stimulating the production of collagen, improving skin texture at the same time. Fraxel is an excellent example of a laser procedure that helps with skin resurfacing. Laser skin resurfacing treatments target a small portion of the skin and promote the regeneration of surrounding tissues.
Generally, laser treatments that aid in skin tightening use ultrasound or radiofrequency (RF) energy to stimulate collagen production and subsequently improve poor skin laxity. The face, neck, arms, buttocks, and legs are the common areas treated with lasers for skin tightening in procedures like Ultherapy and Thermage.
The popular CoolSculpting procedure is an example of lasers used for body contouring. Another is Cellulaze, a popular treatment for women who want to get rid of their cellulite. By using lasers for body contouring, patients get results with minimal downtime since there are no incisions made during the procedure.
Other uses of lasers in aesthetic medicine include removal of hair, unsightly veins, and tattoos.
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