Dr. Uma Keyal ,MD, PhD (Writer)
Most of us know that a dermatologist doctor sees skin problems. Beyond this, whether or not mentioned, every registered dermatologist also deals with nail and hair problems and sexually transmitted infections in all age people in all gender. We often see a dermatologist designation as “Dermatologist Venereologist & Leprologist”. Well, here Dermatologist indicates a doctor who deals with skin, nail & hair problems. Venereologist indicates a doctor who deals with sexually transmitted infections & Leprologist indicates a doctor who deals with Hansen’s disease.
More recently, aesthetic medicine has attained a growing social significance and firm place in the medical profession image.
Aesthetic medicine is an extensively broad term for specialties that focus on improving cosmetic appearance through the treatment of conditions including scars, skin laxity, wrinkles, moles, liver spots, excess fat, cellulite, unwanted hair, tattoo, skin discoloration, and spider veins. Antiaging treatment is one among many indications, an aesthetic doctor is seen for. Since aesthetic medicine mostly focuses on improving skin & skin related issues, it has become a dermatologist cup of tea. Most of these procedures are done via injections and/or lasers. Gone are the days when terms like botox, dermal fillers, thread lifting, laser, body shaping, nose and lip enhancement were popular among celebrities. Today general public has access to all these treatments and people are realizing what impact does external appearance have on one’s daily life.
Hair is another very important aspect of our physical attractiveness. It enhances our beauty. No wonder, people having bald scalp go through a range of emotional responses, including denial, loss of confidence and low self-esteem. In this respect, hair transplant has become an ultimate option, primarily in male and female pattern baldness. Again, hair transplant is a very common procedure performed by dermatologists. Hence, in modern time, we get to see a dermatologist designation as Dermatologist & Aesthetician or Dermatologist & Cosmetologist Dermatologist, laser & hair transplant surgeon.
LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation)
(Anti-wrinkle treatment by Botox injection)
Lasers have become an important part of dermatologist’s practice. A dermatologist’s services can be broadly classified under general and aesthetic dermatology. Lasers do not stand as a first line treatment in general dermatology. However, it does so in aesthetic dermatology. Laser treatments aren’t new, they have been around for decades. Over the years, they have evolved and become more effective and less painful. Unfortunately, medical lasers still seem like a mysterious thing. It is not fully understood and people often make assumptions about the procedures without knowing the facts. This has given rise to myths and rumors, which can actually stop patients from seeking the treatments.
Myths and facts about laser skin treatment
(Chronic foot eczema: before & after one month of treatment)
One of the most common and probably the scariest rumor floating around is that lasers can cause cancer by emitting radiation. The wavelengths used in aesthetic laser treatment are limited to a “safe zone” so they do not emit any radiation. In fact, the light emitted by most laser skin treatments is simply a more concentrated form of ordinary light.
Another common myth is that laser can damage the skin. Not all laser damages the skin, only ablative laser does so. They help to smooth and improve the appearance of skin by first destroying the top layer of skin which is then replaced by new skin cells. In this process, there is production of collagen below the surface of the skin which provides more support to the top layer of skin. Ultimately, laser treatments end up giving new strengthen skin which makes you look and feel firmer and more youthful. Unlike ablative lasers, non-ablative lasers leave the top layer of skin intact. Instead, they focus their energy on the layer right below the skin.
Devices of wonder
Pico second ND:YAG laser:
It utilizes the latest technology in laser innovation for the treatment of pigmentation, all color tattoo removal and skin restoration. It addresses an extensive variety of skin concerns including melasma, freckles, vascular nevi, and sun spots.
Triple wavelength diode laser:
To remove permanently and safely all kind of hair in all type of skin. It is capable of delivering very short pulses with high fluence of energy which are perfect for residual hair during last sessions.
Its 3 wavelengths (755nm, 810nm and 1060nm) means that all kinds of patients can be treated with the maximum effectiveness and security