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Laser Treatment For Varicose Vein!

Dr.Tarwinder Singh Nagpal 86% (19ratings)
MS - General Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bathinda
Laser Treatment For Varicose Vein!

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged superficial veins that typically appear in the feet and legs.
For many people, the condition is simply a cosmetic concern while for others varicose veins include symptoms like swelling, discomfort and aching.

What Causes Varicose Veins?
Doctors believe that damaged or weak valves may cause varicose veins. Arteries carry oxygenated blood from your heart to other parts of the body and the veins send it back to your heart for recirculation. The veins of your lower body need to work against gravity in order to return the blood to your heart.
Muscle contractions in the extremities act as pumps while the elastic vein walls send blood back to the heart. Small valves open in your veins as blood flows to your heart, and then close again to prevent the blood from flowing back. If these valves become damaged or weak, blood may flow back and accumulate in the veins, causing it to twist or stretch.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins
You may experience the following signs if you have varicose veins –

• Discoloration of the veins – usually they appear blue or dark purple
• Legs feel heavy
Itching around the affected veins
Muscle cramps
• A throbbing, burning sensation
• Swelling and bruising
• Discomfort and pain the veins of the legs

The symptoms of varicose veins are quite prominent and require treatment. If the condition is not that severe, exercises and compression stockings may be prescribed to manage the symptoms. However, if you are looking for a long-term cure, laser treatment may be the best option for you.

Can Laser Treatment Cure Varicose Veins?
Your doctor may use highly focused laser beams to treat varicose veins. The laser emits heat, which forms scar tissues. The scar tissue closes the vein so it loses its source of blood and eventually dies. In a year or two, the vein is likely to disappear.

Here are the different types of laser treatment you can opt for –
• Simple Laser Treatment –
The laser beams are focused on the outer surface of the skin. It helps cure the tiny veins that are located just beneath the skin. Normally, more than one session of laser treatment is required. Your doctor may schedule you for a session every 6-12 weeks.

• Endovenous Laser Treatment – This type of laser treatment is directed towards treating larger varicose veins that appear in the legs. The doctor passes a laser fiber through a catheter (a long, thin tube) into the veins. While doing this, he/she keeps a close watch on the veins through a duplex ultrasound screen.

Laser treatment is less painful than other procedures like vein stripping and ligation. The entire procedure can be done while you are on local anesthesia or sedatives. Moreover, the time for recovery is relatively short. You can expect to get back to your routine activities in a week or two following laser treatment.

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Laser & Skin Thinning - Is There A Link?

Dr.Ramanjanayalu 89% (11ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology, Fellowship In Aesthetic Medicine
Dermatologist, Bangalore
Laser & Skin Thinning - Is There A Link?

Laser treatment is used for a variety of medical and cosmetic purposes. There are a number of hair and skin treatment methods that are conducted with the help of lasers. Most of the skin treatments using laser technology, are laser resurfacing for younger looking skin, employ light and sporadic bursts of beams. These beams are trained onto the skin of the patient to be absorbed by the chromophores, which contain water and other substances of the skin. This chromophore then turns this light energy into heat energy to destroy thin layers for the skin to heal and look younger. Many people have a misconception that this process may cause the skin to become extremely thin and fragile.

Yet, this is not true. Let us find out about the various kinds of laser methods and why they do not make the skin thin.

  1. Fractional laser skin resurfacing: This treatment method makes use of laser pulses in order to treat microscopic columns of the affected skin, which does not leave any visible scarring and bleeding. This kind of laser works only on the surface of the skin and does not cause any harm to the skin composition. In fact, it improves the skin quality by treating the skin which is damaged.
  2. Plasma skin resurfacing: In this laser treatment, the doctors will make use of lasers that let out plasma energy which destroys the lower layers of the skin. In this method, the top layers of the skin will not really be affected. The top layer forms a protective covering over the lowers layer as the latter heals. This ensures that the lasers do not cause any kind of thinning of the skin in the long run, as they penetrate just deep enough to fix the damage of the lower skin layer, without destroying the top layer of the skin.
  3. Infrared skin resurfacing: This kind of treatment involves the use of heat invoking laser beams that treat the deep layers of the skin. These kinds of laser beams do not affect the actual composition of the skin and its cells. This helps in retaining the quality of the skin without making it thin.
  4. Superficial erbium: Mild laser beams are employed in this form of treatment in order to smoothen the oncoming wrinkles. This kind of treatment also helps in treating other kinds of skin problems. These beams help in smoothening and tightening the skin without making it thin.
  5. Effect on skin: These kinds of lasers do not cause the skin to become thin because the pulses of energy and heat are merely passed over the skin instead of piercing through and changing the skin composition. Also, the skin is usually wiped with water between the laser pulses, which makes this a safe option.
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Energy Based Vaginal Rejuvenation Therapies - Know More About Them!

Dr.Inthu M 97% (3688ratings)
MBBS, M.S Obstetrics & Gynaecology, F.MAS FELLOWSHIP IN MINIMAL ACCESS SURGERY, D. MAS Dipolma in MINIMAL ACCESS SURGERY, FICRS, Fellowship in COSMETIC GYNAECOLOGY, Diploma in advanced Laparoscopy for Urogynaecology & Gynaec oncology, Basic training course in minimal invasive surgery in Gynaecology, Basics of Colposcopy, Fellowship in Cosmetic Gynaecology, Certificate course in diagnostic ultrasound imaging, Certificate of hands on training in hysteroscopy, Certificate course in diabetes, Fellowship in assisted reproductive technology, Certificate program in aesthetic Medicine, Certificate of operative Hysteroscopy, Certificate course in clinical embryology
Gynaecologist, Chennai
Energy Based Vaginal Rejuvenation Therapies - Know More About Them!

A woman’s body keeps undergoing changes all throughout her life. These changes become especially evident during childbearing, delivery, breastfeeding, pre-menopause, menopause and its aftermath. Aging too works in changes in her body. Her genitalia too may undergo changes in keeping with the rest of her body. However, sometimes women find these changes hard to accept. Some medical conditions too may necessitate genital rejuvenation.

Vaginal rejuvenation does not mean you have to go under the knife. There are minimally invasive ways of going about it.

When might a Woman need Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Here are some reasons a woman may opt for vaginal rejuvenation – 

  • Laxity of the vaginal canal caused by natural childbirth

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Sagging of the Labia Minora and the Labia Majora

  • Orgasm dysfunction and inability to enjoy sex

  • Vaginal atrophy

  • Urine leakage

Vaginal rejuvenation not only helps do away with all these medical issues but it also enhances the aesthetics of a woman’s private parts.

Non-surgical Means to Vaginal Rejuvenation -

Energy based Therapy -

As the name suggests, this treatment aims to undo vaginal damage by using heat. A beam of high-energy rays is aimed at the site that needs to be rejuvenated. It boosts the production of collagen, which is instrumental in healing scars and wrinkles and promotes the growth of new tissues. Moreover, it also makes the tissues of the vagina shrink and tighten.

There are a number of different treatments available that utilize energy-based therapy –

  • Radiofrequency treatment – Radiofrequency devices guide electromagnetic waves and the heat generated raises the temperature of the surrounding tissues.

  • Laser CO2 treatment – This treatment entails using carbon dioxide and laser technology to heat up the lowest layer of the tissues underneath the skin. This triggers the secretion of collagen. This tightens and makes the skin of the vagina taut.

If the damage done to the vagina is not extensive, then you may try exercises as an effective cure for your problems. Doctors might suggest Kegel exercises and pelvic floor work out to tighten the muscles of the vagina.

Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation is effective in undoing any damage that might have been brought to a woman’s labia.

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Microneedle Radiofrequency - Know Utility Of It!

Dermatologist, Jammu
Microneedle Radiofrequency - Know Utility Of It!

Over the last few decades, the demand for aesthetic procedures has escalated. Everyone wants to look the best. The skin can be ravaged over time, with age, exposure to the sun and rising levels of pollution. More and more people are willing to undergo treatment using energy based devices.

What is microneedle radiofrequency treatment?

Many forms of laser treatment leave scars on the skin and also have long-term side effects. But, Microneedle radio frequency is a highly efficient way to treat acne, stretch marks and other skin disfigurements.

Microneedles are microscopic needles that can penetrate the skin up to a certain depth. Radio frequency devices employ insulated microneedles and radiofrequency energy to deliver heat to the dermis layer of the skin. This reduces the risk of damaging the epidermis of the skin because this technology offers greater depth control.

Scars and stretch marks can cause a variety of scars depending on the inflammation. These can include the atrophic scarring of the epidermis, ice pick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars, etc. all of which can be treated with microneedle radio frequency. Treatment sessions of MNRF are spaced around 5 to 6 weeks. Usually, 4 to 5 sessions are required for smoothening of scars. In the case of stretch marks, it takes some more sittings.

What is the success rate of micro needle radio frequency treatment?

The amount of energy to be delivered depends on the severity of the scarring. Patients have reported improvement after just four sessions spaced out over four months. 85% of the people who undergo this procedure notice 75% improvement in acne scarring within months of the commencement of the procedure.

Why do doctors prescribe microneedle radiofrequency?

Microneedle radio frequency is a method preferable to other laser-guided technology because recovery does not take long and the risks of pigmentation, scarring and infection and the procedure can be conducted without anaesthesia. As the treatment is done inonPD basis under the effect of numbing gel, the person is discharged on the same day. Moreover, this procedure can be carried out on all skin types, even those that are highly sensitive.

The procedure is a safer alternative to laser treatments for scar and stretch marks leaving behind no post-inflammatory pigmentation.

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Anti-Aging - Know Derma Treatments For It!

MBBS, FCPS - Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy, DVD, DDV
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Anti-Aging - Know Derma Treatments For It!

As you grow older, so does your skin. With age, wrinkles, fine lines and a plethora of other skin problems become all too common. However, the good news is that aging is a problem that can be arrested.

Yes, when you want to go beyond anti-aging skin creams, your dermatologist has some impressive tools for treating large pores, wrinkles, sagging skin, stretch marks, and more.

Here are 7 popular anti-aging dermatological treatments:

  1. Cosmetic Surgery: The most common and popular way to arrest aging is through cosmetic surgery. Brow lifts, neck lifts and facelifts are the most popular surgical treatments to reduce signs of aging. You can opt for a single procedure, or you can choose to undergo a combination of procedures to treat your aging skin.

  2. Retinoid Creams: Extracted from vitamin A, retinol contains extraordinary anti-aging components. The best thing about retinoid is, you can get it as facial creams at cosmetic shops, or get your dermatologists to prescribe it if you require a stronger application.

  3. Filler Injections: Dermal fillers are injected under the external layer of skin to fill in wrinkles and lines. Fillers also add dimension to your face. Previously silicone fillers were very popular; nowadays dermatologists prefer hyaluronic acid fillers.

  4. Peptide Creams: Peptides are an excellent dermatological treatment for lessening wrinkles and fine lines. Peptides are short links of amino acids. Peptides augment renewed production of collagen that you lose as grow older. Like retinoid creams, you can avail them at shops and dermatology clinics.

  5. Botox: Otherwise known as Botulinum toxin, it freezes skin muscles when injected under your skin. This smooths out the lines or wrinkles on your face. Botox injections are best done by professionals, so consult your dermatologists before undergoing the procedure.

  6. Microdermabrasion: This is a popular derma treatment to remove fine lines. Microdermabrasion boosts new skin growth by using fine particles to exfoliate the skin to remove superficial wrinkles or lines.

  7. Laser Skin Resurfacing: This treatment uses high-intensity light to remove wrinkles. The light improves skin elasticity, making it firmer and youthful-looking.
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Laser & Acne - How Former Can Take Care Of Latter?

Dr.Tarwinder Singh Nagpal 86% (19ratings)
MS - General Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bathinda
Laser & Acne - How Former Can Take Care Of Latter?

The skin is the most visible part of the human body, and acne is one of the most common skin problems. In addition to being a cosmetic issue, it also dampens a person’s image and confidence levels. The issue is more complicated given the age group it affects – teenagers and young adolescents who are always keen on looking their best.

During the pustular stage, there is a lot of itching, burning, and pain. As they dry and fall off, there are marks which sometimes take forever to disappear. Recent cosmetic advancements have successfully used the laser to get rid of these marks, almost completely.

Laser in Acne:

  • Laser works in controlling acne in more than one way.
  • During laser treatment session, a beam of light is applied on the acne-affected area. This helps in removing the acne scar without damaging the surrounding tissue. The beam of light is highly focused on only the scar tissue.
  • The increased number of cells which are left behind after acne are killed by the laser beam, thereby lightening the skin and reducing the scars.
  • The bacteria that are present in the acne are killed when a beam of the laser is applied. This reduces the number of bacteria present in it, thereby reducing the severity of acne.
  • The laser beam also reduces excessive sebum production, thereby reducing the incidence of acne. Excessive sebum is directly related to the severity of acne.
  • Laser is used in all kinds of acne – papules, pustules, whiteheads, blackheads, cysts, and nodules.
  • While the exact treatment plan will be determined based on skin type and intensity of the scars, most treatment plans would include about 3 sessions.

What to expect:

  • Set realistic expectations and understand possible risks and complications. A detailed discussion of going for laser session is essential with the doctor. Clarify if you are a good candidate for laser.
  • Sunbathing, waxing, collagen injections are to be avoided for at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure.
  • Chemicals like deodorants and perfumes are to be avoided in the proposed area of laser
  • Tell your doctor about any medications or supplements that you are on. While some may be stopped, others may need dose adjustments.
  • Immediately after the laser session, the skin would appear red for about 4 to 8 hours.
  • The skin might feel itchy and prickly and even be swollen mildly
  • Apply cool packs or moist cloths to reduce this itching
  • Use copious amounts of moisturiser at least twice daily
  • Avoid makeup until the redness and itching have subsided.

Benefits:

  • Minimally invasive
  • Usually done in 2 to 3 sittings
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Minimal pain
  • Laser therapy is used for multiple other skin problems, so treatment can be clubbed.
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Laser Fistula Surgery - When Is It Required?

Dr.Pradeep Kumar Mishra 89% (121ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery, Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery, Certificate of Diabetic Foot Surgery
General Surgeon, Bhubaneswar
Laser Fistula Surgery - When Is It Required?

Laser fistula surgery is a procedure to treat anal fistula. An anal fistula is a tunnel-like structure which forms at the intersection of the anus and the bowel. It forms if the anus is infected, which results in pus accumulating in the surrounding tissues.

Once the pus is drained, a channel remains. Fistulas can result in very unpleasant symptoms – skin irritation and discomfort. This condition also doesn’t resolve on its own – so surgery is recommended. 

Let’s look at the symptoms of anal fistula

  • Irritation of skin around the anus

  • A smelly discharge

  • You may find blood in your bowels

  • Swelling around the anus

  • Bowel incontinence

Causes of anal fistula

Usually, anal fistulas follow an anal abscess. You may contract one if an abscess does not heal properly. 

Some common causes of anal fistula –

Laser treatment for anal fistula

Laser treatment is an advanced treatment method for anal fistula. In fact, this method is not just restricted to fistula, but also piles and fissures. This procedure is a daycare procedure, performed under the effect of anaesthesia

Laser energy is directed at the affected area, which shrinks the abscess/ haemorrhoidal nodes. The blood supply to the affected area is also disrupted so that the inflamed tissues do not receive nourishment.

 The advantages of this method for piles, fissures and fistula are –

  1. You can get back to routine activities immediately

  2. It does not cause too much post-operative pain

  3. The bleeding is minimal

  4. The recovery is quick

  5. The procedure is performed on the same day of admission

You can easily get rid of these painful conditions through laser surgery. If you wish to pursue this treatment method, consult a doctor to understand it better.

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In Detail About Laser Dentistry Techniques!

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Ex SR in AIIMS Trauma Centre
Dentist, Alwar
In Detail About Laser Dentistry Techniques!

A very interesting thing, that most people would have noticed during their visit to the clinic is the white light that is used on the teeth. This is laser light, which is used extensively over the last couple of decades in dentistry for a variety of treatments. The following are some procedures where laser is commonly used.

  1. Whitening teeth: In-office bleaching is done by applying the whitening agent on the tooth and activating it by laser light. This instant result is whiter teeth and a brighter smile.

  2. Caries: In some cases, laser light is used to remove the decayed portion of the tooth and shape the surrounding healthy tooth to receive the restorative material.

  3. Restorations: When composite resins are used to fill the space left by tooth decay, the decayed portion is removed and the enamel etched to improve adhesion. The composite material is then filled in the tooth space to achieve the desired shape and then light-cured.

  4. Veneers: Where a thin layer of the existing tooth is removed to provide a whiter tooth, then laser light is used. These chemicals are inactive and only become activated when exposed to laser light. In cases of both restorations and veneers, one big advantage is it gives sufficient working time for the dentist to shape the material to the desired form and then activate it.

  5. Gingivitis: Laser is also used in gum diseases where bacteria are removed and the gums are reshaped. Using laser on the root surfaces ensures better removal of the hardened calculus and promotes gum reattachment of the gums to the tooth surfaces.

  6. Root canal therapy: In the root spaces, if there was an infection, laser light can help remove the bacteria before filling up the root canal with gutta percha.

  7. Soft tissue biopsy or lesion removal: Biopsies of the lips, gums, and tongue can be done using laser light. If the lesions are too small and require removal, it can be done by laser, thereby avoiding the need for surgery

Results: In all the above procedures, the laser is more effective than the conventional method that it is replacing. Some advantages include:

  1. Less painful

  2. Anesthesia not required

  3. Avoids tooth drilling in some cases of very minor decay, so the patient is at ease

  4. Reduces bleeding and swelling when dealing with soft tissues

  5. Reduces the amount of tooth removal during cavity preparation

Not all situations can be managed with a laser treatment though and conventional biopsies and drills will be required in some cases. As with all other dental situations, a detailed discussion with the dentist on the pros and cons and the patient condition will help make an informed decision.

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Laser Dentistry - Know In Depth About It!

Dr.Priyanka Basu 89% (44ratings)
MDS - Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, BDS (Implantologist)
Dentist, Mumbai
Laser Dentistry - Know In Depth About It!

A very interesting thing, that most people would have noticed during their visit to the clinic is the white light that is used on the teeth. This is laser light, which is used extensively over the last couple of decades in dentistry for a variety of treatments. The following are some procedures where the laser is commonly used.

  1. Whitening teeth: In-office bleaching is done by applying the whitening agent on the tooth and activating it by laser light. This instant result is whiter teeth and a brighter smile.

  2. Caries: In some cases, laser light is used to remove the decayed portion of the tooth and shape the surrounding healthy tooth to receive the restorative material.

  3. Restorations: When composite resins are used to fill the space left by tooth decay, the decayed portion is removed and the enamel etched to improve adhesion. The composite material is then filled in the tooth space to achieve the desired shape and then light-cured.

  4. Veneers: Where a thin layer of the existing tooth is removed to provide a whiter tooth, then laser light is used. These chemicals are inactive and only become activated when exposed to laser light. In cases of both restorations and veneers, one big advantage is it gives sufficient working time for the dentist to shape the material to the desired form and then activate it.

  5. Gingivitis: Laser is also used in gum diseases where bacteria are removed and the gums are reshaped. Using laser on the root surfaces ensures better removal of the hardened calculus and promotes gum reattachment of the gums to the tooth surfaces.

  6. Root canal therapy: In the root spaces, if there was an infection, laser light can help remove the bacteria before filling up the root canal with gutta percha.

  7. Soft tissue biopsy or lesion removal: Biopsies of the lips, gums, and tongue can be done using laser light. If the lesions are too small and require removal, it can be done by laser, thereby avoiding the need for surgery

Results: In all the above procedures, the laser is more effective than the conventional method that it is replacing. Some advantages include:

  1. Less painful

  2. Anaesthesia not required

  3. Avoids tooth drilling in some cases of very minor decay, so the patient is at ease

  4. Reduces bleeding and swelling when dealing with soft tissues

  5. Reduces the amount of tooth removal during cavity preparation

Not all situations can be managed with a laser treatment though and conventional biopsies and drills will be required in some cases. As with all other dental situations, a detailed discussion with the dentist on the pros and cons and the patient condition will help make an informed decision.

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Q-Switched Laser - Know More About It!

Dr.Kavita Mehndiratta 88% (34ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DVD
Dermatologist, Faridabad
Q-Switched Laser - Know More About It!

A Q-switched laser is a non-invasive laser, which emits high-intensity pulsed beam light, and is used as a treatment for dermatological conditions. The laser beams are powerful enough to shatter small fragments of ink or pigmentation and stimulate the production of collagen.

Q-switched lasers, with advanced technology, can be used to rectify the following conditions –

Tattoo removal
• Treatment of toenail fungus
• Sunspots
Age Spots
• Freckles
Birthmarks
Moles
• Spider veins
• Angiomas
Skin rejuvenation
• Port wine stains

Each type of dermatological condition is treated with a different type of Q-switched lasers.

Types of Q-switched lasers:

The most commonly used Q-switched lasers are –

• Q-switched Nd – YAG laser is used in laser toning, freckles, pigmentation, etc.
• Alexandrite Laser – Used for hair removal

How does laser treatment work?

The laser energy pulse releases the pigment into the skin so your body can reabsorb and discard it naturally. The laser energy may feel like several tiny hot dots tingling on the skin. However, the discomfort is reduced when a stream of cold air is directed at these spots immediately after the procedure.

If you are opting for Q-switched laser treatment for tattoo removal, you will likely be given anaesthetics on the particular area because the procedure is rather painful.

Benefits of Q-switched Laser Treatment:

The benefits of modern Q-switched laser treatment are umpteen. Here are a few ways the procedure will prove advantageous to you –

• Helps tighten loose, sagging skin
• Improves facial appearance by removing wrinkles and fine lines
• Gives your self-esteem a boost as stretch marks and birthmarks are eliminated
• Helps you get rid of skin conditions and improves skin tone
• A trusted treatment approach for tattoo and hair removal
• The results are long-lasting, usually three years
• Does not involve severe complications or side effects
• A single machine used to treat a range of skin conditions
• Non-invasive, painless procedure
• Can be used in combination with other cosmetic procedures

What to Expect After the Treatment?

Following the treatment, you can expect a few cuts and bruises on the area that has been treated. To speed up healing, your doctor or dermatologist may recommend petroleum jelly or plain Vaseline that you will need to apply on the treated area and cover it with bandages for a couple of days. Full recovery takes about a few days to 2 weeks, depending on the area being treated.

Q-switch laser treatment is a breakthrough procedure in the field of dermatology. If you are considering going for the treatment, talk to your doctor and discuss the details of the procedure beforehand.

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