How do laser procedures in Saint Lucie County work?
Laser procedures are a type of cosmetic facial and bodily treatments where short, concentrated, pulsating beams of light are directed at an unwanted skin feature to remove it. They are popular because they are non-invasive, cost less than surgery and require little to no downtime.
When used for cosmetic applications, lasers work through a process called “selective photothermolysis”. This means they destroy selected areas by modulating the intensity of light to produce heat.
In order to destroy an imperfection, be it a brown spot, unwelcome hair or a facial scar, the laser must be in sync with the color of the target. This means that there must be different types of lasers in order to destroy different types of skin conditions.
Some of the uses of lasers in non-invasive cosmetic procedures are:
• Fine lines and wrinkles
• Sun spots, age spots, melasmas and other pigmented lesions.
• Broken blood vessels and other vascular lesions
• Facial and bodily hair
• Acne scars
• Skin tightening
Remember that under Florida regulations, laser procedures can only be performed by a physician who has been properly trained in laser hair removal, or by an electrologist who is under direct supervision of said physician.
So when you consider laser procedures in Saint Lucie County, be sure to first consult with a licensed physician. A board-certified specialist like Dr. Christopher Slack will be able to determine what kind of procedure will work best for you.
Christopher L. Slack, MD, practices facial plastic and reconstructive surgery in Saint Lucie County, with offices in Fort Pierce and Port Saint Lucie. He’s board certified in both otolaryngology and head and neck surgery.