Many surgical procedures nowadays are performed with the use of lasers. Surgeons use an array of laser wavelengths and laser delivery systems to cut or remove tissues. Common laser procedures include, breast surgery, hernia repair, treatment of cysts and many more. With the use of laser, blood loss and wound infection are reduced to a minimum. Nowadays, laser procedures are widely used in different specialization fields such as dermatology and dentistry.
In the field of cosmetic surgery and skin care, lasers have to proven to be a huge success. It can be used to reduce wrinkles and can remove blemishes on the face. Tattoos can also be removed by using laser surgery.
Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal is a growing trend among people who had themselves inked in their youth, but now view it as a hindrance to their career. While others, are just dissatisfied with their tattoo if it was poorly done. Whatever the reason might be laser procedures are the most known and effective method for erasing a tattoo.
Before undergoing laser tattoo removal, your skin will be evaluated in order to determine the best type of laser light delivery. Protective eyewear will also be provided to shield your eyes from the light. Your surgeon may also recommend oral pain medicines such as Tylenol and an anesthetic cream a few hours before the treatment.
After the laser procedure, you will be given anti bacterial cream and bandaging on the area. You may also be instructed by your surgeon to keep the treated area elevated to avoid swelling and to avoid the sunlight since your skin will be sensitive to it. A slight sunburn sensation and redness could also be an after effect which may last for a few weeks.
There are certain side effects of laser tattoo removal, but they rarely occur. It includes blistering, infection or skin color loss. With advancements in laser technology and better procedures, scarring has become rare.
Laser Scar Removal
Laser scar removal is another popular adaptation of medical laser technology. This treatment reduces the appearance of scars, approximately 50 to 80 percent and helps prevent them from recurring. Since the introduction of lasers in the 1980’s, scar removal today can reduce the appearance of keloid, hyperthropic and athropic scars. During the laser process, the laser is moved along the scar. This removes a layer of skin thus, exposing a more natural looking skin layer, which heals over time to minimize the appearance of a scar.
Although an effective method, people with darker skin types may not be able to use laser scar removal. Also people who suffer from certain skin disorders such as psoriasis, acne and acute dermatitis may not be considered ideal candidates since they may require a more extensive treatment.