How does the laser work?
A laser generates an intense beam of light. This beam brings energy to a specific site through a small hand piece connected to a laser console. The laser light is absorbed by oxyhemoglobin (bright red blood cells carrying oxygen) and melanin/pigment (black or brown pigment found in the skin) causing decomposition and destruction by heat of unwanted cells, however healthy cells are left intact.
What conditions are treated with laser?
Facial Telangiectasia- spider veins caused by dilation of capillary vessel or arterioles
Cherry Angioma- slightly raised, red lesions
Spider Angioma -slightly raised, red spider-like lesions
Rosacea- red facial lesions around the nose and cheeks causing a sunburn look
Lentigines- flat, brown spots present on skin, which appear after frequent sun exposure Keratoses -slightly elevated pigmented spots often found on the back and hands Dermatosis Papulosis Nigra- small, black marks seen primarily on people of Asian African descent
What are the benefits of laser treatment?
Excellent and consistent outcome
There is minimal to no discoloration, swelling, or complications
The laser treatment can typically be performed without anesthesia and without much discomfort
The treatment is simple with minimal care before and after
Treatment is performed in your doctor's office and does not take much time
What should a patient expect during and after treatment?
Treatment may vary depending upon a patient's characteristics and the area being treated. You will be asked to wear special goggles to protect your eyes from the intense beam of laser light. The goggles must remain in place for the duration of the procedure. Depending on the location of treatment, you will be placed in a reclined position. The doctor will use a pencil-thin hand piece to direct a beam of laser light to the lesion. In most cases, anesthesia is not required.
Some patients report feeling a light, stinging sensation during the treatment followed by some redness which usually goes away in two to four hours after treatment. Some swelling may also be experienced and may last one to two days.
Unlike old technologies, DioLite 532 treatment will not cause any purple skin discoloration or bruised appearance to the treated skin. Postoperative care is very minimal. Your doctor may ask you to use an anti-bacterial ointment on the treated area for a short period of time after surgery and will suggest that you stay out of the sun during the healing process. Final treatment results should be evident within 10-14 days after treatment for vascular lesions and within two to three weeks for pigmented lesions. Lasers are available on site and procedures may be scheduled at the time most convenient to you.