Laser Therapy is a medical treatment that uses focused light. Unlike most light sources, light from a LASER (which stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is tuned to specific wavelengths. This allows it to be focused into powerful beams. Laser light is so intense that it can be used to shape diamonds or cut steel.
In medicine, lasers allow surgeons to work at high levels of precision by focusing on a small area, damaging less of the surrounding tissue. If you have laser therapy, you may experience less pain, swelling, and scarring than with traditional surgery. However, the therapy can be expensive and require repeated treatments.
WHAT IS LASER THERAPY USED FOR?
Laser therapy may be used to:
- shrink or destroy tumors, polyps, or precancerous growths
- relieve symptoms of cancer
- remove kidney stones
- remove part of the prostate
- repair a detached retina
- improve vision
- treat hair loss resulting from alopecia or aging
- treat pain, including back nerve pain
Lasers can have a cauterizing, or sealing, effect and may be used to seal:
- nerve endings to reduce pain after surgery
- blood vessels to help prevent blood loss
- lymph vessels to reduce swelling and limit the spread of tumor cells
Lasers may be useful in treating the very early stages of some cancers, including:
- cervical cancer
- penile cancer
- vaginal cancer
- vulvar cancer
- non-small cell lung cancer
- basal cell skin cancer
For cancer, laser therapy is usually used alongside other treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation.
Laser therapy is also used cosmetically to:
- remove warts, moles, birthmarks, and sun spots
- remove hair
- lessen the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, or scars
- remove tattoos
WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE THE THERAPY?
Some health or skin conditions may be aggravated by laser therapy. As with typical surgery, poor overall health also increases your risk of complications.
Factors to be considered when having laser therapy are based on your age, overall health, healthcare plan, and the cost of the therapy, your doctor may recommend what type of therapeutic procedure methods suit you. For example, if you’re younger than 18 years, you should not get Lasik eye surgery.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR LASER THERAPY?
Our type of laser therapy is completely non-invasive, so you don’t really have to plan ahead since there’s no downtime after treatment.
A few days before the surgery, you may be advised to take precautions such as stopping any medications that can affect blood clotting, such as blood thinners.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES?
Some common laser therapies include:
- refractive eye surgery (often called LASIK)
- teeth whitening
- hair regrowth
- cosmetic scar, tattoo, or wrinkle removal
- cataract or tumor removal
- Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is also called cold laser therapy. It uses laser light set to wavelengths between 600 and 980 nanometers. The laser is used to perform minor surgeries and promote regeneration in tissue. Programs exist that offer LLLT as an aid to quit smoking, but little evidence supports its use for this purpose.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
Since the type of therapy we offer are mostly teeth whitening and hair regrowth, there is really no risk involved.
Also, the intended effects of treatment may not be permanent, so repeated sessions may be necessary.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Lasers are more precise than traditional surgical instruments and this causes less damage to tissue.
Laser operations are usually shorter than traditional surgeries. They can often be done on an outpatient basis. You also don’t have to spend the night in our clinic.
People also tend to heal faster with laser treatments. You may have less pain, swelling, and scarring than with traditional surgeries