Alexandrite laser is one that uses an alexandrite crystal and this crystal is used as the lasers source.
How does it work?
It works by using a wavelength of high energy light emitted by the laser which is then converted to heat energy and thus damages the specific targeted area. Alexandrite lasers work by a process of photothermolysis – using light (photo) to heat (thermo) a selected area for destruction (lysis). Due to its ‘easy to target’ method, it precisely destroys the tissue of the treatment area and leaves the tissue in the surrounding area undamaged.
What is it used for?
The Alexandrite Laser has been approved to treat various skin disorders. This includes…
Vascular Lesions – spider and thread veins on the face and legs and some vascular birthmarks using the lasers red pigment.
Pigmented Lesions – Age spots, freckles and flat pigmented birthmarks by actively seeking the melanin at variable depth on or in the skin.
Hair Removal – light pulses target the hair follicle causing the hair to fall out and minimise further growth, this can be used all over the body including underarms, bikini line, face, neck, back, chest and legs.
Tattoo Removal – Alexandrite Laser treatment is used to remove black, blue and green pigment. The laser treatment involves the selective destruction of ink molecules that are then absorbed by cells in the body and eliminated.
Alexandrite Lasers can also be used to improve wrinkles in photo-aged skin.
What is involved in the Alexandrite Laser procedure?
It is important that the correct diagnosis has been made by our expert therapists at Laser Life clinic in London, particularly when pigmented lesions are target. A consultation is always advised prior to treatment to avoid mistreatment. Eye wear protection will be necessary throughout the treatment sessions. Many patients describe each pulse to feel like the snapping of a rubber band against the skin. Care should be taken in the first few days following treatment, including avoiding scrubbing the area and/or use of abrasive skin cleanser. During the course of treatment, patients should protect the area from sun exposure to reduce the risk of post-inflammatory pigmentation.
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