Laser dermatology—treat skin disorders, aging skin
At MedStar Health, 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 is 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
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
Laser skin resurfacing removes damaged skin tissue with beams of light that vaporize the top layer of the skin cells to reveal younger tighter skin beneath.