What is Laser Surgery ?
Lasers (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) generate a coherent beam and emits one specific beam of wavelength. The lasers are specifically directed towards tissue of different types so as to produce a strong heat. This strong heat works by destroying the tissues without disturbing the surrounding region. The intensity and wavelength of lasers depend on the different treatments. Laser technology is extensively used in the areas of dermatology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, cosmetic, podiatry, in specific cancer treatments, urology and dentistry.
It is essential to know that lasers cannot revitalize the skin or cannot treat or lift loose neck skin. These problems and conditions involve surgical methods only.
What is Cosmetic Laser Surgery ?
Cosmetic treatments are now increasingly performed by using laser technology. Cosmetic laser surgery is used for treating acne scars, treatment of vascular lesions, skin resurfacing for wrinkle reduction, precancerous lesions, tattoos, pigmented blemishes such as moles and age spots and also for hair removal.
Types of Cosmetic Lasers
Here are different types of lasers having a particular wavelength, penetration and utility range.
Pulse Dye Laser : Vascular Lesions are treated with the help of this laser. Such as nevus flemmus, hypertrophic scars, portwine stains, keloids and hemangiomas. Pigmented nevi can also be treated with the help this laser. Telangiectasia, blushing and vein can be treated by using long pulsed dye laser.
Ruby Laser : Ruby lasers are very effective in eliminating tattoos, freckles, peri orbital pigmentation, nevi and café-au-lait spots, brown pigmented disorders like actininc lengtigenes and dilated blue veins.
Co2 Laser Surgery : This type of laser treats fine lines, actinic chelitis, acne scars, sun damage, chicken pox scars, wrinkles and rhinophyma.
Diode Laser : This type of laser is ideal for treating dark skin and for leg veins. In both these treatments long pulsed diode laser is used.
Erbium YAG Laser or ND-YAG Laser : This laser is used to treat acne scars (resurfacing), blue tattoo removal, wrinkles, dermal pigmented lesions, professional tattoos and precancerous lesions.
Argon Laser : The laser is used for treating skin diseases like acne rosacea, fine veins, spider nevi, Hemangiomas and A-V malformations.
Alexandrite Laser : With the help of rapid pulsed (alexandrite laser) benign pigmented lesions and tattoos can be removed. Hair can be removed by using long pulsed (alexandrite laser).
Cosmetic Laser Treatments
Facial Laser Hair Removal : This cosmetic laser procedure focuses on hair roots and melanin by properly adjusting the power and spectrum of the laser. The laser heats the tissue which has resulted in hair growth. With intense heat, the laser breaks down the cells of the tissues. The aim is to focus on follicles only. The whole procedure takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. This treatment is effective for many years.
Laser Surgery for Acne : The target of the blue spectrum light is to hit the acne prone area. This light goes through the outer dermal tissue into the tissues affected by bacteria. The procedure takes very less time of about thirty minutes for treating the full face. This procedure has no side-effects.
Laser Skin Resurfacing : This procedure involves many sessions in order to plan out the surgery better. The purpose of this surgery is to stimulate the growth of natural collagen and also eliminates dermal tissue outer layers to get a softer and vibrant skin. This treatment is effective for about 5-6 months. The facial problems that can be treated are-
- Improves Complexion
- Treats acne and chicken pox scars
- Treats tanned and aged skin
- Treats wrinkles surrounding the eyes, mouth and forehead
- Treats birth marks
- Treats large oil glands on the nose
- Treats warts
Age Spot Removal : The aim of this surgery is to reduce the brown spots on the skin due to over sun exposure and ageing. When the laser penetrates in the skin, the pigmentation tissue breaks and results in removal of brown spots. For best results it requires two to three sessions.
Rosacea – The tiny red blood vessels grows and break causing spots in the nose and the cheeks area. Theses are commonly known as adult acne. The spots can be treated and can be rectified by the laser ray.
Spider Veins – The spider veins can be found during pregnancy or in the bodies of the over weight person. Theses veins can be removed by the laser therapy and that results to the permanent cure of the problem.
Gum Recontouring – This is a cosmetic dentistry to recountour your gum so that you will have a attractive smile which will enrich your personality
Red-nose syndrome – The regular enlarging, misshaping and reddening of the nose can be treated for by the cosmetic laser rays.
Laser Surgery Wrinkles – By the laser rays the wrinkles can be removed. You can achieve a plain and tight skin which will make you to look young and fresh.
Eyelid surgery – The irregular lid drooping, overhanging upper lids can be treated by the rays. You can have proper eyes and the eyelids which will not only give you an obstacle less view but confidence.
Laser Scar Removal : This surgery requires a careful and thorough study of the patient’s keloid, hypertrophic (acne scars), skin type and scar type. All these factors affect the intensity and wavelength required to be used in the skin. In a technical sense, the intensity of the light on the deep tissue penetrates the growth of natural collagen production which was earlier disrupted. As a result of which the skin gets thick and the scar area looks like the tissues.
Stretch Mark Laser Removal : This one of the most common problem which affects both men and women. The stretch marks can be due to the growth spurts, irregular weight, or may have developed after pregnancy. With the emergence of new techniques and therapies, a drastic change can be achieved in treating both old and new stretch marks. It is also possible to diminish the stretch marks completely.
Vascular Birthmarks : With the help of this laser treatment, the Telangiectasias (blood vessel) can be destroyed without disturbing the nearby tissues. The causes for vascular birthmarks can occur due to hormones process, sun exposure, rosacea, aging process and medications.
Laser Tattoo Removal : The laser treatment can completely and effectively remove tattoos and also permanent makeup. The various wavelengths of the laser target every colored ink of the tattoo. These tattoos absorbs the energy of the lasers and separates into little fragments which can be easily cleansed. Red and orange inks are very difficult to remove in comparison to black ink which can be easily removed.
Laser Eye Surgery : Excimer Laser Surgery (laser eye surgery) can treat problems related to vision like astigmatism, long and short sightedness. Laser eye surgery is very effective surgery which can permanently correct the vision and the patient is not required to wear contact lenses or glasses.
Benefits of Laser Cosmetic Surgery
- Reduces the after surgery discomfort
- Reduces wrinkles
- Also decreases the changes of specific cancers
- Does not involve immense blood loss
- Removes blemishes and birthmarks
- Results in better healing of the wound
Cosmetic Laser Surgery Recovery
The patient can recover in a few days time. The patient is also advised to follow certain precautions. To avoid pigmentation, exposure to sun should be completely avoided. Usage of cosmetic products should also be avoided. After some days, the patient can get back to its daily routine life.
Cost Of Cosmetic Laser Surgery
India’s medical tourism is famous for its affordable cosmetic laser treatments. All the cosmetic clinics in India use the latest technologies and provides the best services to its patients. Many international patients visit India for getting their cosmetic laser surgeries.