Laser therapy today is one of the more progressive treatments of the skin and within aesthetic surgery. The laser technology has come a long way to precision. Many different brands of laser are being widely used around the world. Special laser centers have been created, which are equipped with the latest laser technology, with hundreds of features.
Laser therapy is being used in the following cases: acne, changed in skin scars (postburns, hypertrophic, keloid), tattoos, stretch marks on the abdomen, wrinkles, age spots, superficial capillaries, some neoplasms, such as actinic keratoses, hemangiomas, warts and HPV.
Laser is also successfully used in carrying out facial rejuvenation, blepharoplasty, face lift, otoplasty, liposuction, epilation (hair removal), cellulite treatment, and many other procedures.
It is generally desirable to carry out laser therapies during the colder seasons. This is so be cause sun rays cause the appearance of unwanted dark spots on the skin, requiring additional treatment.
The capabilities of laser are fairly wide and far reaching, but each case requires its unique approach and treatment.
Duration: 10-40 minutes.
Anaesthesia: Local anaesthetic or using Emla cream.
Recovery: the patient is able to go home 30 minutes after the procedure with a special cream on the skin. The patient is able to return for work the same day.
Price: the cost of the procedure is determined during the consultation. The plastic surgeon will determine the extent of the procedure (one-step or multi-stage) and the duration of each phase. Laser treatments are relatively inexpensive.
What is important to consider?
Despite the speed and convenience of this procedure, laser therapy is not a universal treatment for every case. The question whether to use laser therapy is decided by the plastic surgeon after getting acquainted with the given problems and the characteristics of the patient's skin.
It is important that you are informed about possible side effects of laser therapy during the consultation.
Prior to any procedure following labor one should wait 1-1.5 years until full recovery in the tone of abdominal muscles, subcutaneous tissue and the skin itself. Following that, the method of treatment is determined during the examination. There are a variety of available methods that can help achieve the desired results: mesotherapy, laser therapy and/or surgery. Because there are many factors that vary from case to case, all of the nuances and the correct choice of treatment is determined by the plastic surgeon during the examination; and that is also why the cost also varies greatly - from 500 euros.
In order to determine the correct method of tattoo or scar removal, the surgeon must first ascertain the nature of the tattoo or scar. If the tattoo (or the scar) is superficial (not too deep), then laser therapy is recommended, which can take 2-3 stages. One must be aware that a faint image of the previous tattoo or scar still remains after such laser treatment. In case of scars they become softer and almost invisible.
In case of the surgical removal of tattoos or scars, if its width is not more than 1cm, then it can be removed in one stage. If, however, the scar or the tattoo is larger than 1cm, then it is recommended that a second surgical removal takes place with an interval of 6 months - 1 year.
In cases of large scars or tattoos (more than 10cm wide) plastic surgeons use subcutaneous silicone expanders in order to stretch the skin below and around the scar or tattoo for 2-3 months. This method later enables the removal of the scar or tattoo deformations by replacing it with patient's own skin.