Laser therapy for cosmetic issues such as laser hair removal and laser wrinkle removal have taken the world by storm over the last several years. Laser therapies have even emerged for concerns like scar removal, tattoo removal, and birth mark elimination. You’ve probably even read the headlines of celebrities like reality star Kim Kardashian who claim they’re “addicted to laser hair removal” and the time-saving convenience similar procedures provide. But could it be possible that lasers might someday be used to help people eliminate addictions?
For an Arizona laser therapy center that day is swiftly approaching. The Phoenix center recently revealed experimental findings about laser treatments that may aid patients in ceasing to smoke, drink, and even ease overeating. The treatment, known as Bio Laser Therapy, applies a cold, soft laser beam to specific energy points in hands, ears, nose, and wrists. When a person tries to quit smoking, drinking, or using smokeless tobacco, they experience withdrawal symptoms. The laser acts as a calming agent to help reduce cravings, stress, and restore balance by emitting endorphins to the brain. The weight loss program helps patients to control appetite and stimulate organs which help metabolize fat into energy.
The center claims a 65-85% success rate with their stop-smoking program, but the FDA has yet to approve the treatment due to the limited amount of studies performed on this subject. Even though laser addiction removal may be a ways away, the possibility speaks to the versatility of laser technology. To learn about what’s new in medical lasers and cosmetic laser treatments join the Laser Lights blog, Facebook, or Twitter conversations!
Laser hair removal is a growing trend, but what happens when a laser touches a tattoo? Tattoos, like body hair, are also removed by lasers, so having laser hair removal over a tattoo naturally seems like a bad combination. It is important to note that these treatments utilize two different lasers. Laser hair removal actually requires a stronger laser than tattoo removal, so if the hair removal laser touches the tattoo, it may not only remove or disfigure the tattoo, but can also severely burn the skin.
Lasers are attracted to pigment; therefore, tattoo ink, which is darker than skin, will easily absorb the laser’s beams. Many laser centers will not allow hair removal within a certain distance of a tattoo to protect you and your tattoo. The internet is filled with horror stories of under-educated technicians who went over tattoos resulting in burning, fading, blackening, and distorted tattoos.
Hair removal patients should not be alarmed; laser hair removal is a safe, effective procedure when performed by a properly trained professional. You should also remain honest with your doctor/ hair removal specialist and inform them of any existing tattoos ahead of time. Also, face the facts. If you have a large tattoo in an area where you want laser hair removal, you may not be a good candidate. However, if you have a small tattoo on your ankle and want the hair removed on your leg, you should consider having the hair removed around it and shaving over the tattoo. Even if only performed in a specific region, laser hair removal will still cut down your shaving time.
Please contact Laser Lights at 770-495-9322 or email email@example.com with any questions or concerns about this subject. If you are not sure if you are a good candidate for hair removal, feel free to schedule a consultation. Also, keep reading our blog to learn more about laser therapy.
With all the advantages linked to the increased ease and results of laser hair removal, it’s easy to over look the innovation surrounding the hair we want to keep- like eyelashes.
Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center is excited to offer Latisse®, one of the only FDA approved treatments for hypotrichosis: an insufficient number of eyelashes. Now, through October 1st, Laser Lights patients can purchase one box of Latisse® eyelash treatment for $99 (or the two-box starter kit for $180) and receive a FREE Vivite® Vibrance therapy facial system ($119 value) with their purchase. Similar to the age-defying effects of topical treatments offered by Laser Lights such as microdermabrasion or chemical peel, the soothing botanical ingredients of the Vivite® Vibrance system calm the skin and renew a youthful glow with daily application.
Scars are evidence of trauma inflicted upon the body. Whether that trauma is intentional (i.e.- the result of a surgical incision) or the result of an accident, scars appear as a substitute covering that the body generates to replace the tissue that was affected initially. While scars and markings give us playground credibility when we’re children, they’re not as welcome by adults in the professional world.
Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center offers a variety of cosmetic treatments effective in superficial scar reduction. Just as the causes of scars are numerous, so are their cosmetic remedies. For small, surface scars caused by small abrasions or lacerations, a surface treatment like microdermabrasion will often do the trick. Microdermabrasion works to mechanically slough the outer-most layers of skin to reveal smoother, tighter, and unscarred layers beneath.
For larger areas of multiple scars (think acne scaring) and for areas of hyperpigmentation like age and sun spots, chemical peels can be used similarly to microdermabrasion treatments to remove outer, damaged layers of skin. Laser resurfacing can also be utilized in minimizing the visibility of the affected area. Fractionated and Fraxel type lasers are often used to help minimize scar tissue and hyper pigmenting for their unique ability to effectively target very specific areas without damaging the surrounding skin. Fractionated lasers also carry the added benefit of stimulating new cell growth so the appearance of the treated skin will continue to improve after the initial treatment.
Because the last thing you want to face when having scars removed or brown spots eliminated is the possibility of obtaining any more markings, it’s pivotal that you only entrust qualified laser technicians and estheticians to administer your laser and/or cosmetic treatment(s). Also important to note is the fact that some scar tissue, like that developed after an extensive injury or surgery, may be too thick or raised to treat through topical procedures and may require surgical excision. After scar tissue is removed, a surgeon may suggest following with one of the aforementioned treatments to reduce the new, smaller scar’s appearance.
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Rosacea and spider veins are two of the most commonly exhibited dermatological conditions. Because the symptoms of these conditions are often very visible (usually appearing on the face or legs), many patients wrongfully believe that they are too difficult to treat. In fact, laser treatment for rosacea and spider veins consistently show some of the most dramatic, positive results of laser procedures.
Rosacea is a dermatological condition characterized by chronic facial redness and discoloration. Usually developed later in life around one’s 30s or 40s, inflammation and pimples are also sometimes observed. Unless affecting the eyes, rosacea is generally far less medically harmful than social. Laser treatment for rosacea is facilitated by three or four of Laser Light’s 15 different lasers depending on the patient’s individual case. Most patients require one to three treatments to achieve the results they’re after.
Treatment of spider veins is similar to that of rosacea: with little to no down time. Spider veins are most commonly observed as tree-branch or spider-web shaped blue veins directly beneath the surface of the skin. Laser treatment for spider veins uses a unique wavelength of light that actually passes through the skin and is absorbed by the veins. This allows the patients’ skin to remain completely intact while the spider veins beneath are eliminated.
Compared to earlier, more invasive dermatological treatments, laser treatment for spider veins and rosacea is easy and quick, and relatively painless. Though everyone’s case is indeed different, the experienced Laser Lights’ cosmetic laser technicians want to make patients aware that just because a condition seems tough to treat doesn’t mean they should rule out laser treatment. Laser technology has advanced so quickly in the last couple of years that there is now a laser technology that can effectively treat most cosmetic skin conditions.
Laser hair removal is one of the most media-circulated terms in the country today. Billboards, commercials, and websites now advertise and discuss laser hair removal like never before. With such high amounts of media chatter about this type of procedure, it’s important to approach the topic objectively. At Laser Lights, our licensed professionals are committed to providing you with factual and educational information about laser hair removal procedures. Below, Laser Director and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David Whiteman responds to some of the most widely circulated laser “myths.”
A: “Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in the hair and impeding the ability for the underlying hair follicle to grow hair. Thus, lasers cannot easily target the follicles of fair-haired individuals. Fortunately there are other methods, such as electrology that can effectively eliminate body hair. It is also true that some skin tones (usually darker) are more apt to discoloration by laser treatment, that is why Laser Lights offers an array of laser types to ensure that any risks are minimized.”
Q: “Laser hair removal is extremely painful.”
A: “Though everyone has a different pain threshold, most patients equate any discomfort from laser hair removal to the feeling of being snapped by a rubberband. Because laser hair removal offers a long lasting solution to the repeated discomfort of tweezing or waxing, any temporary discomfort is inconsequential to most patients.
Q: “Laser hair removal is way too expensive.”
A: Compared to the compounded costs of a lifetime of razor, cream, and waxing, laser hair removal is actually quite economical. Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center also offers regular specials and packaged deals to make their experienced professionals’ services more accessible.
Q: “Laser hair removal is dangerous.”
A: As with any medical procedure, laser hair removal does inherently carry risks. This fact further necessitates the importance of entrusting a licensed professional to perform any laser procedure. The Laser Light’s personnel are fully trained and licensed to operate our lasers and perform laser procedures.
As the popularity of laser hair removal continues to grow, so does the technology and amount of available procedures. For answers to other frequently asked question about cosmetic laser procedures click here. You can also stay in the loop with the latest Laser Lights news by subscribing to our blog, visiting our website, and liking us on Facebook.