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5 Skin Conditions You Can Use Lasers to Treat

Laser therapy involves using light beams to treat or regenerate skin cells. The innovative technology can help treat a wide range of skin conditions. Targeted energy can remove damaged skin layers, stimulate healing, and provide relief for pain and inflammation.

Laser resurfacing can help reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles. It can even out skin pigmentation (coloring) and remove lesions. Laser therapy has clinical and aesthetic benefits.

  • Rosacea

People who have rosacea can benefit from laser therapy. The disease is characterized by redness and enlarged blood vessels. The doctor may recommend laser treatment if you have visible veins or skin thickening. The treatment destroys the blood vessels and marks or spots on the skin. Laser resurfacing can help improve the skin’s appearance by reducing redness.

  • Acne Scars

Ablative laser resurfacing is a technique that helps reduce the appearance of acne scars. The laser treatment removes old skin cells, revealing the healthy, youthful skin layers below. By heating the skin layers, the treatment stimulates the production of collagen. Collagen helps prevent additional acne scarring. The results vary depending on the type or appearance.

  • Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a condition where skin cells build up, forming a rash, scales, or dry and itchy patches. Lasers can help in the treatment of psoriasis. During laser therapy, targeted UV light is delivered to the affected skin without harming the healthy skin. The skin layers are removed, reducing the appearance of psoriasis.

  • Melasma

Many women develop melasma because of pregnancy or from the use of birth control pills. The skin condition is characterized by facial hyperpigmentation that usually worsens with sun exposure. Dark brown discoloration usually appears on the cheeks, forehead, and upper lip. Laser therapy can help treat the skin condition with minimal risk to the patient.

  • Skin Lesions

If you have skin lesions, your doctor may recommend laser treatment to remove them. Low-level laser therapy boosts the production of healthy cells that help treat the lesions. The procedure increases the production of collagen, which promotes healing and helps prevent scarring. UV light can help activate medications that destroy cancerous or precancerous spots.

Lasers can also help treat various skin conditions, including uneven skin pigmentation, age and liver spots, and birthmarks or scars. The therapy can also help treat sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, fine lines, and enlarged oil glands. Lasers are useful for tattoo and hair removal, treating spider veins, and skin tightening. There are different types of laser therapy techniques that can help treat various conditions.

If you have a skin condition, a board-certified dermatologist will help determine whether laser therapy is right for you. Treatments suit each patient based on their needs. The results of laser treatment depend on different factors, ranging from the patient’s skin to the practitioner’s skill. You may not be ideal for laser therapy if you have deep wrinkles, active acne, sagging skin, or very dark skin.

For more on skin conditions you can use lasers to treat, visit East Bay Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at our Oakland, California office. Call 510-451-6950 to schedule an appointment today.