Lasers Treat Skin Disorders, Aging Skin
At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, dermatologists routinely use laser technology to treat a number of simple—as well as more severe—skin problems. There are several types of lasers, but each harnesses the highly intense light they produce to destroy targeted areas of tissue—while preserving surrounding skin.
Laser light is an effective therapeutic tool to treat skin abnormalities—and as a tool in cosmetic dermatology:
- Treatment of collections of abnormal blood vessels in the skin, called vascular lesions, such as birthmarks—including port-wine stains and hemangiomas—and spider veins.
- Improving of the appearance of scars from acne, trauma or burns
- Improving the appearance of sun spots and freckles
- Tattoo removal
- Removal of unwanted hair
- Resurfacing and rejuvenating sun-damaged skin by reducing the appearance of brown spots, skin looseness and pore size, and by creating of new collagen to smooth skin
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