Did you know that “laser” is an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”? The production of radiation in a laser relies on stimulated emission, a phenomenon originally theorized by Albert Einstein. Today, laser treatments are commonly used to reduce lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, redness, broken capillaries, spider veins, acne scars, and more, quickly and with minimal healing time. To discover more facts like these, scroll below and you’ll find 4 things you never knew about laser treatments.

1. Lasers can minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) is a fast-growing technology used to treat a multitude of dermatologic conditions, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For example, the Clear + Brilliant treatment is a gentle laser that has been clinically proven to help the skin look and feel younger. The Clear + Brilliant laser energy safely creates millions of microscopic injuries within the skin, stimulating an increased production of collagen. As a result, the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone and texture are smoothed away.

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2. Lasers can remove tattoos

Before the development of laser tattoo removal, it was pretty painful to get rid of a tattoo. The available procedures included dermabrasion, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), salabrasion, cryosurgery, and excision. Now, the American Academy of Dermatology states that “lasers have largely replaced other tattoo-removal methods.”

Dr. Jessica Krant utilizes the FDA-approved PicoSure®, the most effective method of tattoo removal currently available. PicoSure® is the world’s first safe and effective picosecond aesthetic laser, which means it delivers ultra-short picosecond pulses of energy into the skin in order to remove all colors and hues of tattoos. These pulses create a PressureWave™ that targets the pigments of tattoo ink while avoiding unmarked skin. The PicoSure® laser breaks the ink into tiny particles, which are then eliminated from the body by the immune system. Even stubborn dark blue and green inks, as well as previously-treated recalcitrant tattoos, can be removed with PicoSure®.

3. Lasers can improve the look of scars

Laser treatments can be used to reduce the appearance of many different types of scars, such as acne scars, pigmented scars, hypertrophic scars, and keloids. Hypertrophic scars and keloids have been especially difficult to treat and have high recurrence rates following conventional treatments such as surgical excision, dermabrasion, radiation, and intralesional therapy. (Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2016)

However, the PicoSure® FOCUS™ laser can treat acne scars with the same advanced technology used to remove tattoos. The difference is that the PicoSure FOCUS magnifies the PicoSure pulse by 20 times, creating laser induced optical breakdown (LIOB) in the epidermis. This form of controlled micro injury stimulates new collagen and elastin production without the side effects and downtime of fractional and ablative lasers. This laser treatment can address acne scars as well as pigmented lesions and wrinkles.

4. Lasers can treat visible veins and broken capillaries

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While spider veins, varicose veins, and broken capillaries are benign conditions, they are often seen as unattractive and can negatively affect a person’s self-confidence. Luckily, there is a laser treatment that can safely and effectively diminish the appearance of visible veins and broken capillaries. The Cutera excel V, is a patented, state-of-the-art laser that can treat a variety of vascular conditions.

This impressive laser utilizes a one-of-a-kind high power green laser energy that is specifically absorbed by the blood vessels in the dermal layer of your skin. It causes the blood vessels to clot, signaling the body that they should be reabsorbed during the natural healing process. Because the Excel V has a longer wavelength than other lasers, it can specifically target purple leg veins and other deep vascular structures.

No matter the type of laser, it is important to find a well-trained, board-certified dermatologist that you trust, such as Dr. Jessica Krant located in Manhattan. Schedule a consultation to discuss your cosmetic concerns with Dr. Krant so that she can recommend the best laser treatment for you.