Friday, November 18, 2016

Laser Technology is Not Just A Sci-fi Concept, It’s Used for Medical Procedures Too

If you think your only knowledge of laser technology is limited to the laser lightsabers you’ve seen in your favorite Star Wars movies, Star Trek episodes or sci-fi TV shows, think again. You’d be surprised to know that laser technology has been around for about five decades, which is long before Captain Kirk sets off on his final frontier. The fact is, you see laser technology used in a multitude of products and services that you utilize every day, like store barcode scanners, laser printers, CD players, DVD drives and more. The term “laser” is an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”. This source of light has the unique ability to narrowly focus on a tight spot and deliver a high degree of energy to that particular point, which makes it a highly useful tool for cutting, welding and especially medical procedures. Laser technology is a prominent technique used in medicine and because of it’s versatile benefits, it has proven to be a mechanism that will have a lasting role in diagnosing precancerous cells and cancer growth in its early stages. Currently you can find an exponential increase in it use amongst specialties in branches of medicine like ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, gastroenterology, oncology and precise surgical treatments. Because of the remarkable surgical precision lasers allow, neurosurgeons can perform incisions more meticulously and use them as endoscopic guides for brain and spinal cord procedures. Laser technology has become such a preferred method of treatment for physicians that veterinarians have found that it’s more effective for the excision of tumorous growths, endoscopic procedures and coagulation surgery for eye disease.  It’s also used in oral surgery, drilling tooth cavities, tooth desensitization and antibiotic treatments for oral infections. So, you’ll find many dentists using this technology to provide more comfort and precision to their patients. In fact, technicians from various types of practices are now able to perform a myriad of less invasive surgeries for tumors, polyps, kidney stones, detached retinas, prostates, warts and many more. So, be prepared to hear more uses of laser technology in the medical field. Gynecology and obstetrics is a particular field of medicine, where laser technology has been used in place of x-rays to treat vaginal atrophy, a condition that effects about 40% of women over the age of 50 or who are experiencing menopause, breast cancer or have had hysterectomies. Because the vaginal walls begin to thin, it can lead to burning and painful sensations when urinating and having intercourse.  So, a CO2 fractional laser is used to release energized heat into the depth of the vaginal tissue. Through a special pulse, the heat helps to stimulate  new collagen production, which thickens and accelerates moisture, so the vagina returns to the condition it was in before it atrophied. Laser technology is also used for aesthetic purposes. If you’re interested in permanently removing a tattoo, birthmark or unwanted hair, many technicians will now use a laser powered instrument for the treatment. It’s faster, provides lasting effects and can be more comfortable than traditional procedures. Because of it’s safety and effectiveness, light based laser instruments are frequently used for aesthetic services on men and women. Technicians are able to perform non-invasive, quick procedures that save on costs, recovery time and produce little to no side effects for the patient. The outcomes are more positive than conventional aggressive treatments and give the patients more self-assurance, resulting in more people choosing laser treatments as their best option for aesthetic improvement. Even dieters and those who have been unsuccessful at shedding stubborn body fat have turned to laser treatment for fat reduction and body contouring. There are FDA approved non-invasive laser treatments that can specifically target areas of fat on the body, melt or freeze the fat cells, so that they die and are metabolized naturally in the body. These procedures are known as coolsculpting for freezing fat cells and velashape for heating fat cells. Laser technology is one of the greatest alternatives to traditional cosmetic surgery and will continue to gain popularity because of its fast, virtually pain free results. Continued improvements can be expected, so for now, if you are considering laser treatment, be sure to consult with a licensed technician, who is  informative and uses state-of-the-art equipment. It’s imperative that you make sure the technician is efficient at placing your safety and comfort as their first priority, so you can get the best care. Now, you don’t have to catch a ride on the Starship Enterprise for a laser experience. Just visit us at Advanced Skin Fitness for fat reduction and other cosmetic procedures like tattoo removal and hair removal, where you will get fast effective results, with little to no downtime. We’re open 10AM to 6PM Tuesday – Friday and 10AM – 4PM on Saturdays for your convenience. Drop by and talk with us. Advanced Skin Fitness 2928 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219 (214) 521-5277  

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