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When to Turn to Lasers

when-to-turn-to-lasers-laser-expert-new-yorkThe term 'laser' is a common one, which we have all heard and used before.  But what exactly is a laser?  And when is the best time to turn to lasers for treatment?  Dr. Schweiger explains that, "Your dermatologist will help you to determine the most appropriate use for laser treatment and when the best time is for your to undergo that treatment.  Lasers emit a certain wavelength of energy, depending on the type of laser.  This energy can be manipulated to perform in many different ways, depending on the skin type being treated and the goal of the treatment.  It is important to visit an experienced laser surgeon, as not all lasers are safe or appropriate for treatment of all skin types.  However, when used appropriately, lasers are safe and effective for the treatment of many conditions." Here is a very basic guide to the most common lasers and when to turn to lasers: Laser hair removal: Laser hair removal lasers target the melanin in the hair, to stop the growth of hair directly at the hair follicle.  Laser hair removal is permanent, meaning that whenever you tire of waxing and shaving, laser hair removal is the best option. Resurfacing lasers: Resurfacing lasers can be either ablative (such as the Fractional CO2 laser, which ablates the surface of the skin) or non-ablative (such as the Fraxel, which sends its energy through the surface of the skin, without damaging the skin's surface.)  These lasers stimulate skin cell turnover, particularly affecting collagen and pigmented cells.  Resurfacing lasers are used to treat acne scars, melasma, sun spots, wrinkles, surgical scars, and stretch marks. Vascular lasers: Vascular lasers emit a laser energy that is absorbed in the hemoglobin (a portion of the red blood cells) of the superficial vessels.  The energy of the laser causes the skin's tiny superficial vessels to collapse, and they are flushed out of the skin.  Vascular lasers are used to get rid of capillaries, spider veins, rosacea, post-acne red marks, stretch marks, warts, and scars. Tattoo removal lasers: Tattoo removal lasers are absorbed in the tattoo ink, causing destruction of the tattoo ink, which is then flushed out by the body's own immune system.  There are numerous tattoo removal laser wavelengths, and each wavelength is best for treating a different color tattoo ink. Click here to learn more about when to turn to lasers.  
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