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Laser Treatments

What Is Laser Treatment?

The word Laser is an acronym that stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A laser machine can produce a very pure beam of light which can be concentrated to generate heat. Different types of laser systems can produce different colours of light. The effect a laser beam has on your skin depends on the colour of the laser beam.

What types of lasers are there?

Lasers are primarily distinguished by the wavelength of the light they produce. For example the Alexandrite laser produces light at 755nm and is ideal for targeting hair for hair removal, a vascular laser produces light at 595nm and is ideal for targeting blood vessel problems such as broken capillaries, a blue light laser produces light at 410nm and is ideal for targeting acne whilst a 1064nm laser can be used to target tattoo ink.

Are lasers safe?

In the hands of a properly qualified and trained medical practitioner laser treatment is very safe. There is no damaging radiation and it is safe to treat children and even pregnant women in most situations with laser based technology. The most important safety consideration is the correct use of eye protection.

Do lasers hurt?

As a laser produces a concentrated light beam it can be felt on the skins surface. However, most patients find this quite tolerable. For some circumstances when treating very sensitive areas of the body such as the face anaesthetic cream or even local anaesthetic injection can be used if necessary.

What can be treated?

The potential list of conditions responsive to laser technology is huge. The important thing is making sure you have the right type of laser to give the optimal result for a particular problem. We use Copper Bromide Laser, we have just acquired the latest Norseld model. Several conditions can be successfully treated with this modality, such as:
Vascular lesions: broken capillaries, angiomas ( red lumps ), Port Wine Stains Pigmented lesions:
moles, freckles, sun spots, liver spots, pigmentation Melasma Acne and Rosacea Solar Keratoses Bulky lesions: larger moles, warts, lumps

How long do the treatments take?

In general , most treatments are short and in most cases only one treatment is necessary. Generally, there is no bleeding and no dressing is required. The after care is usually simple, but important to be followed and this will be discussed with you at the time of your treatment, as it is different for different cases.

photo credit in laser -Dr Sue McCoy