There are many skin conditions that can only be treated by a skilled dermatologist. The treatment therapies offered by our skincare professionals harness the power of advanced technologies, as well as tried-and-true methodologies perfected over time.
Laser and other light therapies treat conditions ranging from acne to certain types of skin cancer. Additionally, there are many cosmetic treatments that employ lasers and ultraviolet light to take years off your skin’s appearance.
Dermal Optical Thermolysis (DOT) therapy is a cosmetic laser therapy often used to treat aging skin or acne scars. DOT therapy can treat many locations at once with extreme precision, only treating areas that need to be exposed to light. The procedure works by damaging the skin and encouraging quicker and more efficient healing, encouraging processes that de-age skin and clear acne scars. Since DOT therapy and other light therapies expose your skin to intense light, the most common side effect is a sunburn on the treated areas.
Fraxel is another laser treatment that combines intense light and an integrated cooling system for comfort and efficiency. This process treats many of the same problems that DOT therapy addresses, while also working for medical skin conditions like actinic keratosis, a precancerous skin lesion.
High frequency light therapy uses a glass electrode that is applied to the skin. This intense light has a germicidal effect on the skin, clearing pores and preventing acne and inflammation.
There are countless other forms of light and laser therapies, mostly for treating psoriasis, vitiligo, and actinic keratosis. Vitiligo is a skin condition where skin loses pigmentation in patches. Light therapies like UVB light therapy and XTRAC laser therapy can be used to treat vitiligo. They both work by exposing affected skin to UVB light (the most intense form of ultraviolet light) in various ways. Generalized UVB light therapy exposes a broad patch of skin to light, while XTRAC laser therapy targets a small area, but has such intensity that the effect spreads to surrounding skin. XTRAC lasers are also used to treat and improve psoriasis symptoms in the course of 10-12 sessions.
While laser and light therapy often require repeat visits for treatment to produce visible results, the side effects are minimal and there is virtually no recovery time for many of the procedures. There is truly no better non-invasive way to treat aging skin, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other bothersome skin conditions than with the laser therapies we offer.
Sclerotherapy is another skin therapy that can resolve unsightly reticular and spider veins. These two conditions affect leg veins and appear small and red (in the case of spider veins), or deep, dark blue-green (with reticular veins). Even if you’re not self-conscious about these leg veins, they can cause leg swelling and infection.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the injection of saline and other medication directly into the affected veins. Generally, we employ a non-allergenic dose of hypertonic saline which has very few, non-serious side effects. You will experience a localised stinging sensation from sclerotherapy, but the results are well worth the temporary discomfort. In one session, leg veins can become up to 50% less visible. When you work with your dermatologist to determine the number of treatments, you can decide whether further treatment will be necessary. Treatments are done about a month apart, and if you’re seeing encouraging results after the first treatment, you won’t need many sessions at all.
Cryotherapy describes treatments that use extreme cold to treat various skin conditions. Cryotherapy is a broad term that encompasses cosmetic and preventative medical treatments. Devices or substances like liquid nitrogen are used to produce the cooling effects of cryotherapy. Liquid nitrogen is used to treat warts, effectively freezing them off the skin. Once the skin heals, the wart is nowhere to be seen. Precancerous lesions (such as actinic keratosis) can also be treated by cryotherapy.
There are even a few cosmetic applications for cryotherapy, namely CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is an effective way to reduce stubborn fat cells in areas like the abdomen, chin and back. CoolSculpting refers to a procedure performed by a device that uses suction to pull skin in and treat it with super-cooled air. The fat cells are killed by the cold, but other cells are unharmed. After a few sessions, you should see noticeable results in areas that diet and exercise couldn’t touch.
Cryotherapy can be used to treat acne scars as well, in a very similar process to how warts are removed. Cryotherapy destroys the scar tissue and promotes new, healthy skin to grow in its place.
These treatments are quick and usually don’t require any recovery time. Once your session is over, returning to daily life is easy.
The skin therapies we offer are performed by the best dermatologists in the area – and we’ve only mentioned a few of the many services we offer. If you’re interested in any of the treatments we’ve discussed or are interested in other skin therapies, reach out to your New England Dermatologist today.
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