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Laser For Skin

The advanced laser for skin technologies of today are making it possible to turn back time as well as repair blemishes, scars, and other skin conditions. Tired skin has a solid ally in laser treatment; telltale signs of aging, such as wrinkles and crows feet, have met their match.

What is a laser for skin?


What is a laser?

LASER stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation.  A true laser uses a gas like carbon dioxide (CO2 laser) or a solid like a ruby to focus the light on a specific target such as water or blood vessels.  Each laser is different and targets different things.  A laser for skin that uses a ruby targets pigment in the skin, while a laser that uses carbon dioxide targets water in the skin.  There are many different types of lasers that can help remove blood vessels, tattoo pigment, scars, or sunspots.

How are lasers used for skin?

Physicians have used lasers as a surgical instrument for many years.  There are many different to use a laser for skin treatments.  Conditions such as overgrowth of blood vessels, wrinkles, sun damage, and even scars can be treated.  In some situations, laser skin treatments may be performed at the same time as other surgical procedures.

What is a fractional laser?

A fractional laser uses the same properties of lasers that have been used for decades, but it employs a new technology that creates a grid of laser beams instead of one solid beam. This grid leaves some normal tissue in between the grid allowing a quicker healing time.  Fractionating lasers have allowed patients to have in office procedures under local anesthesia with great results and little down time. Fractional laser technology is currently used for resurfacing procedures that target water.

Jennifer J. Janiga, MD, FAAD

Dr. Janiga enjoys taking care of both adults and children. Her extensive training and years of experience in medical dermatology, lasers, and cosmetic procedures allows her to treat her patients with the comprehensive attention they deserve.

Dr. Janiga listens attentively to what patients have to say, and works with them in planning the right course of action on an individual basis. Honest talk, humility and a fresh perspective paired with years of experience and education all contribute to the effectiveness of her straightforward care.