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Feb 24

Skin Disorders that can be Treated with Laser Therapy

There have been many developments in skin care and treatment that alleviate the need for using makeup to cover scars, discolorations and other issues. One of those developments is laser treatment for skin disorders.

Laser therapy can be used for several types of skin problems, including, removing or lessening the visibility of scars. Scars can occur as a result of surgery, injury, infections or inflammation. Laser resurfacing can be used to remove acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles. Laser resurfacing works by using Carbon Dioxide or Erbium. The carbon dioxide method uses light beams to scan and remove thin areas of affected skin. These methods require about two weeks for recovery. Erbium treatment removes surface wrinkles and scars as well as deeper scars. The patient may feel a slight burning sensation around the area being treated. This laser treatment requires less recovery time.

Although tattoos are not a skin disorder, tattoos can go wrong. People who get tattoos early in life may also want them removed later. Laser therapy can be used to remove tattoos. The laser breaks down the pigment in the tattoo ink which eventually causes it to disappear. There are some issues that can impact the effectiveness of laser on tattoos such as skin type, and the type of ink used to create the tattoo.

Laser therapy can also be used to remove port wine stains. Port wine stains are birthmarks that are purple, pink or reddish in color. These can be removed using lasers, but in some cases anesthesia may be needed to help prevent the patient from feeling the pain that might be associated with removing port wine stains. In addition to addition to port wine stains, other birth marks may also be removed using laser therapy.

In addition to birthmarks, laser therapy can be used to remove dilated blood vessels in the face and spider veins in the legs. Another benefit of laser skin surgery it may be used to remove cells that could turn to cancer. Laser surgery used for this purpose can potentially save a life.

Those who have skin issues such as scars, wrinkles unwanted tattoos or other problems that need to be corrected should speak with a dermatologist about the benefits of laser skin therapy. It is a practical solution to skin problems without the extended recovery time that is required for some types of plastic surgery, meaning that a patient can return to normal activities within a couple of weeks in most situations.