Friday, March 30, 2012

Top 5 Cosmetic Uses for Lasers

Cosmetic surgery gets a bad rap. Many people think it’s all about those West Hollywood or Jersey beauties constantly seeking body image perfection. Cosmetic surgery is more than getting a new nose, butt implants, or a different chin shape.

For many, it’s about reconstruction, or recreating a part of their body that has been damaged or causes them mental or physical pain. It’s about getting life back.

Lasers give people those lives back.

Here are the top five cosmetic uses for medical lasers.

Rhinoplasty. If there’s one body part you can’t hide, it’s your nose. So you better like it. Rhinoplasty is a mostly aesthetic operation, and it gives people who are born with a honker of a shnoz the freedom to carve a fine aquiline work of art with an aesthetic laser. Lasers used in rhinoplasty can also fix a damaged nose for, say, a hockey player or boxer—the kind of guys who use their nose for self defense.

Liposuction. Forget hiding your nose, try hiding your entire body. There are uncounted people across the world who feel uncomfortable in their own skin, and liposuction relieves some of that stress—socially and physically. If you have a few pounds or pockets of unresponsive fat, laser body sculpting is a non-invasive alternative to liposuction.

Breast Augmentation. Though there are strictly medical reasons a woman would want to decrease the size of her breasts (lower back pain, for one), most augmentations are done solely to increase mass or improve shape. Breast augmentation lasers allow for precise incisions and perfect muscle shaping. And if it makes a woman more confident, it’s worth it. You can’t put a price on the feeling you get when you walk into a room and every pair of eyes wants to see what you’ll do next.

Skin resurfacing. Bumps, rashes, weird spots that medical science and Voodoo alike can’t account for—lasers will remove them all. Lasers are incredibly precise, so much so that they can remove lesions and other malignancies on our skin without damaging the underlying muscle tissue, even though skin cells are directly attached.

Hair and tattoo removal. People make mistakes. Sometimes, those mistakes are written in permanent, skin-staining ink across very conspicuous areas of our bodies. But it’s OK, lasers to the rescue. With multiple treatments, lasers wear down the skin cells and remove the ink, be it black or colored, and leave you with hardly a trace of that horrible monkey tattoo.

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