How Safe Is Laser Therapy and Will It Work?

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You may be wondering if laser therapy is actually safe to use and whether it's truly an effective solution for dealing with unwanted skin and cosmetic health issues. Thankfully, laser treatment today is extremely safe and highly effective for many people. Let’s take a closer look, however, at both the safety and effectiveness of laser treatment.

How Safe Is It?
Laser treatment is extremely safe. Technological and medical advances in recent years have significantly lowered the chances of serious side effects. In the vast majority of cases, the only side effects our patients experience, if any, are mild swelling or soreness around the skin area that has been treated. Typically, such swelling or soreness only lasts for a few hours. Bruising may also appear, but this also tends to go away after less than a week. The chance of side effects forming can also be reduced by following the advice of your practitioner.

During the treatment itself you may feel a slight heating or tingling sensation, but most of our patients report that this sensation is not painful. In some cases, the sensation might be closer to a slight stinging or burning, but it's very rare for patients to require anesthetics during laser treatment. Furthermore, with our pulse-dye laser treatment, your skin is further protected by DCD, which is a cooling method that protects the targeted skin’s epidermis.

Does Laser Treatment Work?
Laser treatment may look like it comes straight out of a science fiction movie, but the truth is that it's highly effective at treating a wide range of conditions. Laser treatments use an intense beam of light that targets specific cells. Laser treatments can be used to remove unwanted hair, skin blemishes, wrinkles, facial and leg veins, acne, and even tattoos in most people, but its effectiveness and permanence sometimes depend on the specific individual being treated. Laser hair removal, for example, tends to work best on individuals who have lighter skin and darker hair, although we do also offer effective laser hair removal treatment for patients with darker skin types. Furthermore, the effectiveness of laser treatment can be drastically affected by the steps you take in the weeks, months, and years following your treatment. Protecting yourself against sun exposure, for example, will not only protect your skin, but also improve the efficacy of laser treatments, especially of those used to target age spots and sun damage. Always follow the advice of your practitioner both before and after treatment in order to get the best results.

Laser treatments today are not only effective, but also extremely safe, especially when compared to alternative treatments like surgery and prescription medications. 
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Plainfield Dermatologist