They’re used for cars, military devices, barcode scanners, and optical disk drives. But, today, lasers are also used in the cosmetic industry and has become a standard way of treating several cosmetic problems: acne, scars, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and excessive hair growth to name a few.
This technology offers faster, painless, and non-invasive alternatives to the traditional methods, with less downtime, to boot.
But, while laser treatments delivered via different medical aesthetic equipment have been regarded as safe and effective, will they continue to be so when used repeatedly in the long run?
How Safe are Laser Treatments?
For you to understand the safety or the potential danger of laser treatments, for this matter, it’s essential that you first educate yourself on how this technology works.
There are several modalities of light-based technology being used in the aesthetic industry. However, while they’re often called laser, aesthetic laser equipment doesn’t actually use laser but rather technologies that can be anything from IPL to LED, infrared energy, fractional CO2 laser, or radio-frequency.
Before the introduction of laser treatments, people looking to permanently remove unwanted hair had to go through a long series of regular electrolysis treatments. But, with lasers, they can reduce hair, if not permanently eliminate, in a series of short sessions.
On the other hand, the acne that used to require prescription pills and topical creams can now be treated by lasers in less cumbersome ways—and they can even minimise the reoccurrence in the future.
In most laser treatments, results are not always immediate. Patients do not see dramatic results until they have had a series of sessions. It means they have to undergo several treatments to achieve desirable results; if it isn’t any indication, the safety of laser treatments is not a matter of time but rather of who performs the procedure.
What are the Potential Dangers of Laser Treatments?
Laser treatments, whether it be for the removal of hair, scar, fine lines, and wrinkles, are generally safe when performed by a board-certified medical aesthetic doctor.
Nevertheless, you should keep in mind that although non-invasive, laser treatments still carry some potential risks. These can be anything from temporary scarring, hyperpigmentation, redness, infection, and/or damage to the eyes from laser exposure.
Add these to the fact that not everyone is a candidate for laser treatments. For instance, people who are prone to scarring shouldn’t undergo skin laser treatments, as they may only further damage the skin. On the other hand, people with acne as well as other skin disorders may have to consult with a dermatologist first, to check whether they are suitable for the treatment.
With so many different types of laser treatments and aesthetic laser equipment, it’s difficult to point out the one that will work for you. If you decide to undergo any laser treatment, you’ll have to discuss your medical history with your doctor—including your allergies, medical conditions as well as medications. It will help determine the right treatment plan for you.
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