Laser Dermatological Treatments to Watch In 2018

Laser treatment has been used for dermatological interventions for over 50 years now. The initial discovery that lasers could be used for the skin was in the 1960s when scientists like Leon Goldman started exploring the application of wave energy physics, pioneered by Bohr and expanded by Albert Einstein, to ophthalmic and dermatological contexts.

Lasers are precise and fast, and the main principle is a concentration of energy oscillating at a specific wavelength to cause a physiological response. Laser treatment has been successfully applied to hair removal and the shrinking of blood vessels to reduce their visibility on the skin. Extensive research has brought us to the age of laser beams from different materials. Some of the new lasers include CO2 lasers, KTP lasers, Copper bromide lasers, and argon lasers.

CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

The skin is exposed to all elements that the body comes across. As such, it is the most vulnerable organ, which displays damage easily. The most destructive of natural elements is the sun. According to the American Cancer Society, UV rays are the number one cause of skin cancer in human beings. That is why experts advise seniors who want to avoid cancer to stay out of the sun when they can. Sunburn too is painful, and they increase the risk of skin cancer.

CO2 lasers can now be used to resurface the skin by reducing some of the damage caused by the sun. This was announced by the University of Michigan where it was found that a combination of CO2 lasers and fractioned laser therapy can reduce the sun’s damage, wrinkles, and skin scars. The laser not only removes the old and damaged skin tissue, but it also stimulates the skin cells to recreate the removed layer in new and healthy collagen, resulting in younger skin. The outcome of CO2 laser resurfacing is, therefore, natural and sustainable.

Gentle Laser Treatment for Spider Veins in Legs

Spider veins are the blood vessels in legs that just won’t go away. Seniors are especially vulnerable to the condition because of the relatively thin skin in old age. Spider veins prevent many women from wearing shorts and short skirts. There have been interventions such as injections to suppress the veins as well as the conservative use of some lasers before.

Both of these techniques left the patients with side effects such as sensitivity to the sun as well as pain. However, it has only recently been discovered by researchers at the University Clinic Regensburg, in Germany that gentle use of laser beams can suppress the veins and reduce the side effects. Gentle lasers have also been found to be effective where sclerotherapy did not work.

The use of lasers in skin care is expected to keep growing. Different wavelengths of lasers are being studied for other types of treatments. As of now, laser interventions are only recommended for adults and seniors. Children should be treated with preventive approaches.

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