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Laser Treatment For Beautiful Skin
Author: Saroni Asikin from Suara Merdeka (7 March 2004, Sunday)
Translated by Silvan S. Prayogo, BSc., MSc.

Years ago, there was a favorite saying by people with acne problem to comfort themselves when they socialize, "Nights won't be pretty without shining stars". The bottom line is that acne has been a great annoyance to anyone. It does not matter how pretty or handsome you are, acnes are still serious threat that must be treated. Who doesn't want to look pretty or handsome, unblemished?

Fortunately, there are many skin therapy techniques, medical treatments, and skin medical doctor specialist. Medical and aesthetic technology advancement has lead to many medical and beauty inventions to improve your skin condition. One of these aesthetic technology utilizes laser to treat skin problems.

Laser for medical purposes has been used since the 1960s when Theodore H. Maiman created laser light from a ruby crystal. The emitted laser can be used to treat dermatological conditions, destroy kidney stones, eye surgery, tumor, and many more.

Laser for skin treatment has been used for more than 20 years. Various new kinds of laser for skin treatment has been manufactured. The latest one is a laser instrument that emits laser light in a very short time (nanosecond). It is a powerful laser that minimizes damages to skin tissues around the targeted skin area.

Modern technique
In terms of skin, laser therapy is a modern method that will take over conventional skin treatments such as cream and dermabration. Besides its longer lasting effect compared to the conventional treatments, laser therapy also rejuvenates skin. It is important to realize that every skin problem may require different kind of laser therapy. As an example, Mitra laboratory clinic uses two different kinds of lasers that are frequently used, NdYAG and CO2 lasers.

CO2 laser has a wavelength of 10,600 nm to cut and ablate (burn) a problematic skin. This laser, therefore, can be used for surgery because it stops bleeding rapidly (coagulation). NdYAG, by contrast, has a wavelength of 532 nm and 1,064 nm to remove skin pigmentation and tattoos. "Those two kinds of lasers are widely used in U.S.A and U.K.," says dr. Dian at Mitra laboratory clinic.

Several skin conditions that can be treated with these two kinds of laser are unwanted protruding skin outgrowth, mole, sun spots, soft wrinkles, scar tissue on skin, blemishes due to healed wounds or acnes, unwanted tattoos, abnormal pigmentation such as Nervus Ota (it looks like an overgrown mole).

Another laser instrument operator at Mitra laboratory clinic, dr. Endang, assures that both kinds of laser therapy have no side effects.

"No major side effects on skin after the therapy. The treated skin area becomes reddish for seven to ten days. However, these are not side effects," explains dr. Endang.

For your information, the laser therapy for skin in Mitra laboratory clinic is a cooperation with a Korean medical company. Therefore, the operators of the instruments received direct training in Korea.

The therapy is not for all patients with skin complaints. Consultations with medical doctors at Mitra laboratory clinic is necessary before laser therapy can be performed. "The consultation is free of charge", says dr. Dian.

The laser therapy runs relatively fast. For example, it takes about five minutes to remove skin moles. The treated area will turn white. The treated area is then compressed with an ice for ten minutes before an antibiotic is applied on it.

"It's fast and a local anesthetic will be administered to the targeted area to avoid pain caused by the heat of laser," explains dr. Endang.

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