What Are the Advantages of Laser Treatment?

 What Are the Advantages of Laser Treatment?

Lasers have taken the cosmetic dermatology world by storm in recent years as patients have seen drastic, life-changing results from them. Over time and with advances in technology, lasers have become more and more precise and require fewer treatment sessions than ever before to achieve their results. Laser treatment options are available for a wide variety of skin concerns. Let’s explore a few of the most popular.

Most Popular Laser Treatments

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal was one of the very first treatments explored in terms of using lasers on unwanted conditions. It works through the use of selective photothermolysis. In other words, when the light from this type of laser comes into contact with your skin, it is absorbed more deeply by the darker tissues than the lighter tissues. Hair grows from follicles that contain more melanin than the surrounding skin or other types of follicles. (Melanin is what gives skin and hair their pigment.) Therefore, these follicles, when in contact with this type of laser, absorb more light than the surrounding tissue.

In response, intentional thermal damage takes place, which causes the follicles to shut down or die. Within a few sessions spaced about six weeks apart, you can see up to six months of hairlessness in the treated areas and a permanent reduction of up to 90% in unwanted hair! Laser hair removal can be used on the face, arms, torso, legs, bikini line, underarms, or just about anywhere there’s unwanted hair.

PicoWay Laser

When it comes to unwanted things on the skin, tattoos are among the most common. For those who have received a tattoo they later regret or need to remove for personal or professional reasons, the PicoWay laser can do the trick!

This laser treatment uses picosecond pulse durations (that means one trillionth of a second!) to generate ultra-short pulses with high peak powers of laser energy. When applied to the skin, this laser has the ability to fracture the tattoo ink or pigment particles. Over time and within just a few sessions, that means fading and ultimately total disappearance of the unwanted tattoo.

Fraxel Skin Rejuvenation

Fraxel is another laser treatment option that’s provided patients with incredible results. It’s most often used to treat wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, sun spots, and blotchiness. Fraxel is an extremely low-risk laser with little to no recovery time. It uses fractional resurfacing to apply controlled amounts of focused heat into the skin in order to achieve results.

And one of the things people love most about this option is that results are visible after the very first treatment! Additionally, they’ll continue to improve over time, resulting in smoother, younger-looking, and more evenly toned skin.

Contact the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery

Want to discuss your laser treatment options with a professional who can recommend the right one for you? If you’re located in the greater Washington, D.C. area, contact The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists. We can determine the appropriate laser and treatment plan schedule for your specific needs and concerns.

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