Skin Laser Treatments
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Redness? Pimples? Wrinkles? Scars? There’s a laser for that! Book some sessions at the dermatology clinic to zap it off, ice it down, and you’re good to go. Cosmetic lasers have come a long way since its advent in the eighties. And our medical advisor, dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett, has seen them all. With twelve different laser and light-based machines humming in the treatment rooms at her popular downtown Toronto clinic, DLK on Avenue, Dr. Kellett and her team of medical aestheticians are well-equipped to diffuse any kind of dermal drama. Here, Dr. Kellett talks about the past and present of high-tech beauty.
The evolution of technology has resulted in the availability of treatments that are quick, effective and require little to no downtime. Historically, the first cosmetic laser treatments were highly effective but inaccessible to most people and required months to fully recover. With these advances, physicians now have the ability to treat multiple skin concerns safely and efficaciously by merging multiple treatment modalities.
Some of the newest changes in cosmetic treatments involve the use of laser systems that combine light-based, resurfacing and tightening technologies in one platform. The consequence is that at every visit a patient receives different treatments, which work synergistically to treat a number of issues at once including cellulite, stretch marks, pigmentation, redness, acne, skin laxity, and scars.
Rosacea vulgaris is manifested by a variety of symptoms including blood vessels, blushing, flushing, and red patches. In the past, lasers concentrated on one or two of these symptoms. We can now improve all of the manifestations of rosacea vulgaris using light with multiple cut off filters.
Acne scars, both elevated and depressed, can be improved using resurfacing lasers. These fractionated lasers have revolutionized scar treatment by producing controlled, microscopic holes in the skin. Doing so culminates in faster healing while maintaining consistent results. Physicians can then tailor procedures to individual patient needs. Patients achieve a significant improvement in the overall appearance and texture of their scars.
Intense Pulsed Light, a form of light energy, is now used to treat overall skin tone and colour heterogenicity. Brown spots, redness, blood vessels, pore size, and superficial scars can be improved. This results in skin that reflects light off of the surface more uniformly which clinically translates into skin that has more of a luminescent glow. Light energy can also be used to treat mild and moderate acne vulgaris by reducing the number of papules and pustules. It has an anti inflammatory effect which reduces the visible lesions of acne.
In summary, the advent of technological advances has resulted in less downtime and better clinical outcomes for happier patients.