Inside Information on Top Medical Laser Technologies
Since their introduction to the field of dermatology in the 1960s, lasers have evolved rapidly into the most versatile and effective tools available for treating a wide variety of conditions. Manufacturers of medical laser equipment have also driven innovation in other energy-based solutions such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Radio Frequency (RF), and Near Infrared (NIR). For the purposes of this discussion we will refer to all of these devices as lasers. Laser is actually an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”.
Each laser emits light of only one wavelength, that is one color of light. In aesthetic applications this process is known as “selective photothermolysis”, which means that a particular device modulates the frequency of light to produce heat in a very specific area of tissue. This is done by matching the wavelength of the light beam with the color of the target area, whether that be brown spots, red or purple broken capillaries, tattoo inks, or other tissue anomalies.
Because each cosmetic skin issue requires a specific wavelength (color) of light, it has been necessary over the years to create new technologies to treat them.
In order to ensure that new technologies are available to as wide a range of practices as possible, modular systems have been developed. These modular systems typically consist of a single base unit which supplies power, combined with detachable hand pieces which can be easily switched out to provide the different wavelengths each discrete treatment requires.
Because a clinic is not forced to buy a whole new system to treat each condition with this modularity, it is possible for your small practice to offer a wider range of aesthetic therapies for a more reasonable investment than ever before.
Powerful, energy based aesthetic technologies
C02 lasers were the first energy based devices introduced to the aesthetic market. They remain popular because of their versatility and their utility for treating root causes of cosmetic imperfections. Recommended by aesthetic professionals for ablative skin resurfacing and rejuvenation.
Fractional lasers represent a compromise between the more dramatic results of ablative treatments using long-pulsed C02 laser systems, and the lower risks and quicker recovery of technologies like IPL or RF. Fractional lasers are effective for treating acne scarring, pigmented lesions, stretch marks, and other relatively superficial imperfections.
Erbium lasers provide precisely targeted bursts of energy that inflict minimal damage to the surrounding tissue and thus fewer side effects, and shorter recovery time. These systems are an effective skin rejuvenation tool for patients with dark skin tones or deep tanning.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a non-ablative technology using short pulses of broad spectrum light to to correct a wide range of benign skin conditions. Administered over the course of several “lunchtime treatments,” this technology offers maximal results and patient satisfaction with minimal downtime.
YAG lasers produce precisely targeted, high-energy pulses that prompt the production of collagen, creating healthy, younger-looking skin. The most common YAG systems for cosmetic applications are the Nd:YAG laser, designed for the treatment of deep structures, veins and hair removal; and the Er:YAG system, for treating superficial lesions in the skin’s uppermost layers, and fractional skin resurfacing/rejuvination.
Additional cosmetic technologies from medical laser manufacturers
- Radio Frequency Systems
- Near Infrared Machines
- Pulsed Dye Lasers
- Q-Switched Technology
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