A dermatology laser uses heat to treat cosmetic problems and medical conditions related to the skin to give you a more youthful look. A laser (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) uses intense beams of light carefully focused by a machine to deplete unwanted cosmetic problems.
Cosmetic lasers can treat problems or conditions such as:
- Fine lines
- Visible blood vessels
- Sun spots
- Age spots
- Warts or moles
UAMS dermatologists use state-of-the-art lasers, each one designed to treat your specific skin condition. Each condition requires a laser with a different wavelength, or color of light, to target the cells of the undesired area. The light heats up the cells until they disappear or “burst.”
There are two basic types of lasers used for cosmetic purposes or laser therapy: ablative and nonablative. Ablative lasers can damage the top layer of skin, while ablative lasers work deeper in the skin without damaging the top layer. Nonablative laser procedures are more desired because they usually do not require recovery time.
The risks of cosmetic lasers include but are not limited to the following:
- Incomplete treatment of the problem
- Skin color changes
- Cold sores
The amount of time it takes to recover depends on the procedure. Some laser procedures may require general anesthesia. Be sure to discuss the risks with your physician.