For some, the word laser is still associated mostly with space rays and other bits of science fiction. However, in the world of cosmetology, these high-tech devices are playing an increasingly important role. It is recommended cosmetologists become familiar with the common uses for and various types of lasers.
Common uses for lasers in cosmetology and dermatology
Laser work by directing a high-powered beam of intense light at sections of the skin. This is done to help alleviate a particular condition that someone is not satisfied with. In addition to smoothing out wrinkles, some of the most common uses of lasers are as follows:
Pigmented Lesions - included in this category are moles, sun spots, freckles, and age spots, among others.
Acne Scars - there are various lasers that can help remove or reduce these unsightly marks.
Vascular Problems - these occur when blood vessels expand and appear red or purple through the skin. One example of this is known as spider veins, which resemble spider webs. Another example is varicose veins, which are larger and deeper under the skin.
Tatoo Removal - for various reasons, some people are determined to remove a tatoo. Lasers fragment the tatoo ink into minutes pieces that are later removed by the immune system.
Hair Removal - in this procedure, the light from the laser heats and destroys the hair follicles.