What is Laser?
Today, lasers are such a part of our everyday life that there is almost nobody left who have not heard about them. In fact, lasers for those who heard about them in the 80s, not longer ago, lasers meant the deadly weapons of Darth Vader and Sith in bright, red, blue, green, purple, orange, yellow and silver colored guns in Star Wars, one of the most important works in the history of cinema. Nowadays, lasers have become essential in medicine as much as they are in the arms and defense industry. The laser, which was used in the industry in 1958 for the first time, soon became widespread in the medical world and started to be used in many areas. Laser devices, which have evolved especially in the last 20 years, have taken their place among the most important instruments of physicians working in various branches today and lasers have become essential in every field from dentistry to surgery and aesthetic medicine.
The use of lasers in aesthetic medicine
Rejuvenation method based on the principle of self-renewal of the skin by exposing it to a heat source has a rather old history. We know that Turks in Central Asia had used to try to rejuvenate their faces using candlelight. Laser beams work with this principle as well. Carbon dioxide and Erbium lasers have been used for years to rejuvenate skin. However, though these two types of lasers both revealed successful results, they were not preferred due to the fact that the patients lived with such a red skin for a while that it was not possible for them to socialize (carbon dioxide about a week, Erbium 3-4 days). However, fractional lasers were developed later, that is the divided laser beams made a breakthrough by entering the skin from many points and causing no trauma to the surface of the skin.
Why fractional laser?
Fractional lasers have now become a preferred method all over the world. The most important advantage of them compared to conventional lasers is that they do not cause scar on the face and shortens the healing time. In the past, the skin was completely burned with Carbon Dioxide or Erbium laser methods. After the process, it was necessary to stay away from the social life for one or even 2 months. But after then a gleaming skin was revealed. The reason for the healing time to last so long was that the laser beam fell on the skin in the form of a whole beam of light. Today, Carbon Dioxide and Erbium lasers are fractional, that is, divided. Now these laser beams are delivered to the skin in much more thin beams, as if they are filtered. By means of this improvement, although a slightly pink appearance or redness occurs on the day of the process, the patient can turn back to his/her work the next day without any problems.
How is the laser treatment performed?
The application is quite easy. The laser head performing micro shots is brought closer to the skin surface and it sends hundreds of thin beams with each shot. These rays start the process of self-repairing of the tissue by targeting 1-1.5 millimeters below the skin without causing any damage to the surface. The sessions take an average of 20-25 minutes and it may be necessary to repeat 4-8 sessions to avhieve the desired results. The patient has pink, vibrant and fresh-looking skin immediately after the process. However, as the rejuvenation continues, the results become more obvious and clear over time.
Who can benefit from laser skin rejuvenation treatments?
People who complain about wrinkles, sagging and acne, burns and skinspot marks and those who would like to get rid of stretch marks on their bodies can benefit from laser.