In the past few years, laser treatments have grown tremendously in popularity. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of laser skin resurfacing treatments has increased to more than 426,000 per year, well in excess of the 171,000 10 years ago. And why not? Since laser treatments are non-surgical, there is little to no downtime, most take an hour or less, and results are quickly seen.
L.A.S.E.R. is an acronym that stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Simply put the energy produced by a laser is light energy, photons that are amplified through the device and emitted to produce the desired effects. While radiation is part of the acronym this is not ionizing radiation such as used in X-rays and does not pose long term health hazards or any increased risks of malignancy.
There are many procedures that are performed by laser treatments including hair removal, skin resurfacing, IPL pigmented lesions, IPL vascular lesions, and toenail fungus treatment.