Making Sense of Lasers
Dermatologist Dr. Brandith Irwin:
Lasers are magic. They’re light concentrated in a specific way that has amazing affects on skin. And they’re a very powerful tool. And many of us will be using them over our lifetimes for their benefits. They can build collagen, they can reduce brown spots, they can reduce broken blood vessels, they can smooth wrinkles, they can tighten the skin, they can reduce acne scarring… they are very powerful tools. It’s important when choosing a laser treatment to pick the doctor and the clinic first. Because the expertise of the doctor or the nurse operating laser is much more important than the exact laser. They will guide you when you find that clinic that you trust toward the right laser for your particular condition. I think it’s important to have realistic expectations about laser treatments. They will never correct the problem to 100%. So if we can get a 50 to 90 percent improvement depending on the problem, that’s a good result. Be very aware of “specials” in physician’s offices if you are not familiar with that office. That is often a way for doctors who are not particularly trained or ethical to bring you into the office and sell you procedures that you don’t need. It’s also important to remember that what you have seen in magazines or on the web is marketing. It has often very little to do with the reality of that laser treatment. When you’re choosing a laser treatment, remember it’s a cost/benefit analysis. Only you can decide whether this treatment is worth it to you for the results it will give you and the money it will cost. Best case scenario is the wrong laser could waste your time and money; worst case scenario you may end up with scars or injury. Be realistic with expectations. Do your homework on your provider so you have confidence in them and do your cost/benefit analysis. Then you’ll have wonderful results that you’ll be happy with for many years.