A laser is a treatment of high intensity light that can be focused onto a very small area. Dermatologists use lasers for both cosmetic and medical purposes, such as reducing the appearance of birth marks, pigment irregularities, wrinkles, freckles and acne scars, removing tattoos and unwanted hair, and treating skin diseases and certain malignancies.
Did you know? Laser is actually an acronym that stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
Each time a laser is used it is adjusted to suit your specific needs, desired outcome, and tolerance for down time. A computer-guided scanner produces the ideal beam pattern for uniform and rapid treatment, consistent results, and reduced user error.
Popular areas for cosmetic laser treatment are the face and neck, though some people also treat the chest and hands.
Lasers for Resurfacing and Rejuvenation
At Uptown Derm, Dr. Niroomand is highly trained in the use of lasers for skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. Laser treatment may be used as a stand-alone procedure or in combination with other treatments such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels. Your skin will usually need to rest for several days or even weeks between treatments.
How Does a Laser Work?
The laser beam scans over the treatment area to vaporize or ablate a very thin layer of skin. This removes the old, damaged tissue, encouraging new cells to grow and resurface as your skin heals. Afterward, patients report vibrant, healthier-looking skin, often with reduced wrinkles and improved color evenness.
The brands we use include:
- Derma Laser Peel
- Sciton’s BBL™
During Laser Treatment
Your skin will be cleaned in the treatment area and your eyes protected by safety shields. Dr. Niroomand will then position the laser above the skin and begin the treatment. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the procedure usually lasts 15 to 60 minutes.
For shallow penetration, no anesthetic is typically used as there is little to no pain. When deeper penetration of the laser is required, a injectable anesthetic may be used.
The number of treatments required will vary from patient to patient.
After Laser Treatment
Immediately after, you may find that your skin has a “frosty” appearance. This is the dehydrated skin that will peel away within next few days. Your skin may be red and a bit swollen and feel similar to a sunburn. Dr. Niroomand may recommend certain skin care products and give you instructions on how to use them to optimize your results.
You will be sensitive to sunlight after the procedure, so you must avoid direct sun until fully healed, which can be two to three days or up to a month, depending on your particular treatment plan.
Laser treatments can be an excellent treatment option for a variety of skin conditions. Call our office at 214-303-1102 or request an appointment with Dr. Niroomand to learn more.