For decades, a beam of intense, single-colored light has been used to cut through metals, putting them back together, and even engraving on them. These are what laser technology does in manufacturing. Incidentally, this same technology is what’s being used to enhance people’s features today.
According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in cosmetics, lasers are medical devices that produce high-energy, focused beams of single-colored light and heat to precisely interact with tissues in the skin and body.
Today, cosmetic medicine isn’t all about vanity. Instead, it’s about feeling healthier while portraying your best self, according to the Utah Dermatologic & Medical Procedures Clinic. This is why different types of lasers exist with wavelengths that correspond to specific issues. Below are different types of treatment and surgeries that enhance a person’s features using lasers.
Removal of Birthmarks and Lesions
In some people, abnormal blood vessels create post-wine stain birthmarks. Laser beams reduce these blood vessels, causing the treated area to lighten. Lasers also remove pre-cancerous skin lesions or the dermatological growths that have a high risk of developing into skin cancer.
Using lasers can reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the lips or eyes. Lasers can perform a combination of skin resurfacing and skin tightening, to slow down wrinkle formation. Additionally, the focused light of lasers can also remove the outer layer of the skin or stimulate skin cell production to reduce the appearance of scars.
Tattoo and Hair Removal
Lasers remove tattoos by producing short pulses of intense light that causes tattoo pigments to fragment into smaller particles. The body’s immune system then removes these particles. The same principle works with hair removal. The pulse from the laser damages the hair follicles and inhibits or delays future hair growth.
With all these applications in mind, laser’s importance is undeniable. It might be hard to imagine that a technology used in industrial precision work can also be used to enhance a person’s features, but that is precisely what lasers do.