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How Do You Know If Laser Goes Through Your Dermis
Lasers: Lasers can penetrate the skin directly, (cause a controlled injury) or pass through the skin and target a specific color, (brown for age spot or red for spider veins). If the laser heats the skin it can blister as well. If the laser damages the deep dermis the area will be numb 3rd degree burn, if the skin hurts it is 2nd degree. It is best to ask your laser physician. ...Read more
Is there a link between tattoo ink and cancer? When laser removal frees the ink from the dermis, are the lymphatics able to keep the body clean?
No: Of the millions of tattoos that have been performed there has been no definite link with the onset of cancer which in particular would be suspected of developing in the skin in the region of the tattoos. The etiology of the squamous cell Ca, basal cell Ca and melanoma have been associated with causes unrelated to tattoo. There has also been no complications from removal by laser. ...Read more
Is erbium fractional resurfacing laser therapy ok if my girl uses accutane? She's on Accutane 20mgtwice a day and also is going through this procedure
Probably but....: This is an unusual question that should be answered by the physician performing the laser procedure. You should make sure he/she knows everything your daughter is taking. I would also recommend checking with the doctor/dermatologist prescribing her accutane. Accutane is a vitamin A derivative and can have many side effects including skin redness and irritation maybe worsened by laser surgery. ...Read more
I am allergic to tatto ink. Will laser removal cause the allergens to spread through my body and cause allergic reactions in other areas?
Possibly: There have been case reports of systemic allergic reactions to vaporized tattoo ink during laser removal including anaphyllactic reactions. Certain lasers are more prone to cause this reaction. If you have a history of a severe reaction to ink and must remove the tattoo, surgical methods of removal may be safer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can i expect an increase in floaters after undergoing barrage laser procedure for lattice on retina? I mean can the laser cut through the vitreous?
Yes: Vitreous separation and vitreous hemorrhage cause vitreous floaters in your vision. This can also result in hazy vision. The laser procedure helps to prevent a tear from occurring at the edge of the lattice degeneration and progressing to a retinal detachment; however it does not resolve the vitreous floaters. The vitreous are unaffected by the laser. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 16 month old son has a dark coffee coloured bithmark on his left cheek. Whats the best trestmentvto remove it? Can it be removed through laser?
Treatments are avail: Fist you need to detailed dermatologic evaluation to properly diagnose what we are dealing with. Most birth mark are able to be reduced or eliminated thru various treatments (one of which is laser). Fyi this is considered "cosmetic" by insurance and they are not likely to pay for any of it, so consider wisely before embarking a extended plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually not: Keloid formation is the production of excessive fibrous deposits in a surgical scar. This is seen to occur especially in certain areas such as over the sternum between the breasts and in individuals with a genetic tendency since keloids are the first step in the development of fibrous tumors leading to bibromatosis and then on. Certain people have developed keloids from mosquito bites. ...Read more
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