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Use Of Laser Technology in Dermatology And Cosmetic Surgery

Advancements in Laser technology have brought a revolution in Dermatology, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. But pain is still a big issue especially for people with sensitive skin before undergoing a laser procedure. Before learning about ways to deal with pain read on to know about the various laser procedures.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal has become quite popular due to its effective to reduce hair growth up to a great extent. But in case it is done in a wrong setting or by an inexperienced surgeon.

How It Works?

For the procedure the area to be treated is first cleaned and in some cases a numbing cream is also applied. Numbing cream or gel takes around 30 to 60 minutes to numb the area to be treated.

The laser treatment is done with in a proper room which has setup for laser treatments. Lasers involve the use of pulsed light which is targeted over the melanin (dark pigment) in hair to destroy it. Laser hair removal works successfully only on dark hair. The skin is held tightly for the procedure and then treated with laser.

The total time for the procedure to complete depends upon the area to be treated. Upper lip may take few minutes but removing hair from back or legs can take up to an hour.

Laser Tattoo Removal

As per figures there is about 25% of the U.S. population with some sort of tattoo and 50% out of them want to get their tattoos removed.

The laser tattoo removal is the best thing for their rescue. It helps to get rid of the tattoo designs you no longer want on your skin that too with minimum side effects.

How It Works?

Laser tattoo removal involves use of high-intensity light beam to break the pigment colors of the tattoo. Black tattoo is the easiest to remove because black pigment can absorb all laser wavelengths. Other colors can be removed by the help of selected lasers as per the pigment color.

Laser Scar Removal

Scars are the pinkish and brownish patches growing on our skin that may be resulted due to injury, wounds or even due to acne. Laser Scar Removal involves removal of these scars.

How It Works?

In laser scar treatment short pulses of micro-fine laser light are made to work on the skin's sub-layers and treat the support structure. Then the body’s natural process of healing helps to sweep away the old and damaged tissue and helps to rebuild fresh, new collagen and elastin. There is little downtime involved with this procedure.

This kind of treatment involves multiple sessions therefore may be painful and uncomfortable for some.

Laser Port Wine Stain Removal

Port-wine stains are present during birth and continue to persist throughout life. They generally occur on the face but otherwise can be found anywhere on the body. Though early stains appear flat and pinkish but can get deep and darkish in color with time. As the child matures, the lesions can get thickened or result into development of small lumps. Lasers can destroy the cutaneous capillaries without causing significant damage to the overlying skin. But the procedure involves pain and discomfort.

How To Deal With Pain In Laser Procedures?

Dr. Numb is a numbing cream which has been proven successful to cut off the excess pain involved with various skin procedures including laser removal therapies. Dr. Numb contains lidocaine which has been in use as an anesthetic since many years in medical and dental offices. The good thing is Dr. Numb contains a pure and same amount of lidocaine which makes it a powerful and effective numbing anesthetic cream for the skin.

How Does Dr. Numb Cream Work?

When the pain receptors are stimulated then it causes painful sensations in the body. After the stimulation sodium enters the nerve ending and results into building of an electrical signal in the nerve. If this electrical gets big it reaches the brain through nerves. The pain interprets these electrical signals as pain. Here comes the role of Dr Numb. It temporarily blocks the pathway of pain signals along nerves by not letting the sodium enter the nerve at the site of the pain. So, there is no electrical signal build up that can pass to the brain along the nerve fibers.