Lasers have been used in the healthcare industry for decades. Whilst the idea of putting ourselves under a laser might seem scary, many forms of laser treatment have a high success rate. Such procedures are fairly expensive, but could be worth it in many cases, whether you want to permanently improve your looks or find an alternative cure to a disease. Here are just 7 ways in which laser treatment might benefit you.
Improve your vision
The most popular form of laser treatment is laser eye surgery as offered by companies such as Optical Express. Laser eye surgery can restore 20/20 vision whether you’re long-sighted or short-sighted or have an astigmatism. This is achieved by using a laser to reshape the cornea, or in some cases to burn away and replace the lens on the eye. Laser surgery has a high success rate – whilst most people find that their eyes are a little more sensitive (you’ll be wearing shades more in the sun), the miracle of being able to see clearly again makes it worth it.
Remove unwanted hair
For those wanting a more permanent solution to shaving or waxing, laser treatment could be the best option. Lasers are used to target the hair follicles, killing each hair at the root. Hair may reappear after a decade, but that’s still ten years of not shaving!
It’s possible to remove acne by seeking laser treatment as provided by companies such as Skn Clinics. A targeted laser is able to heat capillaries under the skin, destroying the upper layer of skin and allowing a fresh layer to grow over the top. This treatment works better for those with lighter skin and doesn’t always remove scarring, although it could be a solution for those tired of acne.
Whiten your teeth
Those with bad teeth can also consider laser treatment. Laser whitening involves putting a bleach solution on the teeth in combination with a laser, speeding up the bleaching process and resulting in brilliant pearly white teeth. It can lead to more sensitive teeth and it could be worth trying a few cheaper whitening methods first such as using specialist toothpastes.
Relieve back pain
Lasers can be used to treat a number of back problems causing chronic pain. The most common treatment method is a discectomy, which can be used to heat up a herniated disc and potentially push it back into line. There are also procedures that can help to target pinched nerves.
Help treat TMJ disorder
Some dental practices such as Marian Pilecki, DDS can use lasers to help treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. As with spinal treatment, laser therapy is able to heat up the disc between the mandible and temporal bone to relieve the pain and inflammation. It’s much less invasive than other methods which may involve going under the knife.
Help treat cancers
By the far the most extraordinary way in which lasers are being used nowadays is to help destroy tumours. They are largely used for surface level tumours or tumours in the intestinal tract and can allow a precise focus that might not be possible with a scalpel. Not every type of cancer can be treated with lasers.