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Three Ways Lasers are Used in Dermatology

Three of the most common treatments where Dilworth Dermatology uses lasers; for hair removal, treating scars or stretch marks, and skin resurfacing. These treatment types are often completed using the DEKA dot laser, Elite laser, or Gmax (super IPL) laser technologies. 

 

How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last?

In cosmetic treatments, hair removal is one of the most frequently sought-after options that deliver a permanent result. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, seeking out a laser treatment is a safe and effective solution for most people.

We all shave, wax, tweeze, and remove hair from varying places on our bodies for cosmetic reasons. While most of us are fine doing so regularly, it can become tiring for some, and a more permanent remedy is available. 

For those who frequently deal with razor bumps, irritation, or breakouts consulting a dermatologist for laser hair removal may be the best solution. 

While a permanent option, some areas of the body may regrow hair. The laser hair removal process can also take upwards of six sessions or more to complete. Safe for most people, the process can be repeated if and when hair grows back. 

Common areas for laser hair removal treatment include the back, bikini area, chest, neck, shoulders, and face— particularly the upper lip. As a cosmetic treatment, it's unlikely insurance would cover laser hair removal. 

 

Laser Treatment for Scars and Stretch Marks

Most scars and stretch marks fade naturally over time. When they don't, seeking a dermatologist's advice is one of the most critical steps to take before deciding if laser treatment is right for you. 

Laser treatments effectively prevent raised scars from forming post-surgery, treating any pain or itchiness you might have around an existing scar, and even improving your range of motion if you have a scar that limits movement. 

Anyone thinking about laser treatment for scars or stretch marks should understand that making things less noticeable is the goal. Laser scar treatment is essentially replacing one scar with another less visible one. 

The laser technology used to treat scars is advanced, powerful, and capable of significant results. Consult your dermatologist, and educate yourself to learn more about what to expect throughout the process. We recommend reading the ADD's extensive resources on scars and stretch marks as you talk to your doctor. 

 

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is an effective method for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and acne scars. 

Also capable of tightening the skin and balancing overall tone, skin resurfacing can improve a wide range of issues for many people. Because of that versatility, doing your due-diligence of casual research will almost certainly yield enough to overwhelm anyone. That's reason enough to make an appointment with your dermatologist. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery has compiled a concise list of frequently asked questions for you and your doctor to go over as you seek treatment for your individual goals. 

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