Laser TreatmentsManoj Kumar
Laser treatments pertaining to the skin have advanced greatly over the years. What was once a procedure rife with post procedure side effects has now been tamed to yield amazing results with minimal side effects if any, provided treatments are carried out by qualified dermatologists. At present, laser skin therapy can be undertaken for a myriad of skin concerns such as – permanent hair reduction, scar treatment, photo ageing, pigmentary disorders, removal of skin growths etc. Treatments are usually customised around the patient to ensure maximum compliance and effectiveness. Despite the best efforts of doctors, there are still a number of myths regarding laser therapy that continue to be propagated. Below are a few of them :
– Does laser treatment expose us to radiation?. No. Lasers do not use ionising radiation and are completely safe.
– Does it cause cancer? No. Lasers are not cancer inducing. They are infact, used to treat certain cancers.
– Does it cause burns ? Modern laser technology works on the principle of selective photothermolysis. What it means is that it seeks and destroys only the intended target while keeping collateral damage to a minimum.
– Is laser hair reduction painful? With modern lasers and proper use, sensations can range from a feeling of warmth to pin pricks and even this can be reduced with the application of topical anesthetics prior to laser sessions.
To summarise, lasers, for the treatment of applicable skin concerns are a wondrous tool in the hand of qualified dermatologists. A consultation with the concerned doctor should apprise the patient of all that he/she needs to know to make an informed decision. Along with strict compliance with the doctors orders and treatment protocol, a patient can expect BEAMing results.