at Woodbury Dental and Laser Clinic in Kent
Laser treatments are effective in the removal of pigmented and vascular lesions, with results that can immediately be seen – and are definitely long lasting. The laser treatments not only improve the appearance of the skin that may have been marred unattractive by pigmented or vascular lesions – the treatments also effectively goes deep into the skin’s deeper layers to address the root cause of these conditions.
Laser Treatment of Pigmented Lesions
Pigmented lesions are caused by the over production of melanin on a person’s skin; this results to the formation of numerous spots and other discolourations on the skin that are caused by over pigmentation. The following are examples of pigmented lesions:
- Freckles – Spots on the skin that have a brownish colour.
- Lentigines – Spots on the skin that are flat and brown; these are caused by the frequent or excessive exposure of the skin to the sun’s harmful rays.
- Keratoses – Pigmented spots on the skin that are slightly raised.
Laser treatments in Kent can effectively treat pigmented lesions by emitting a beam of light directly onto the affected areas of the skin; this results to the destruction of the pigmented lesions (and thermal damage deep into the skin), while leaving the healthy parts of the skin undamaged. The treatment course can be done in a span of a few weeks, but visible results can be seen immediately after each laser treatment session.
Laser Treatment of Vascular Lesions
Vascular lesions are caused by numerous or large blood vessels that are found directly under the skin; the large blood vessels can easily be seen on the skin, causing redness and sometimes even inflammation. These lesions do not go away by themselves, and will need to be addressed with laser treated before they can develop pose more complications on the patient’s health. The following are examples of vascular lesions:
- Rosacea – These are red facial lesions that cause a permanent flushed or sunburned look.
- Spider Angiomas – These are slightly spider-like lesions that have a raised and red appearance.
- Cherry Angiomas – These are red lesions on the skin that are slightly raised.
- Telangiectasia – These are spider veins that can be seen on the face.
Laser treatments for vascular lesions direct a concentrated beam of light into the part of the skin where the vascular lesion is located; the light is then converted into heat to destroy the blood vessel, while leaving the surrounding skin and tissues intact and unharmed.
Advantages of Laser Treatments for Pigmented and Vascular Lesions
Requires no down time – Laser treatments can be done without requiring any down time for the patient. An individual can undergo laser treatments for pigmented or vascular lesions and go back to work, or to other normal activities immediately afterwards.
Anaesthesia usually not required – The use of anaesthesia is usually not required in laser treatments for pigmented and vascular lesions, although this will still depend on the specific skin condition – and on the patient’s own pain threshold. Very little to no pain will be experienced with the procedure; some patients liken the sensation to a mild tingling feeling.
Outpatient procedure – Laser treatments are performed as outpatient procedures, so there is no need for the patient to be admitted to the hospital; this translates to less expenses, and less inconvenience for the patient.