The definitive guide to lasers

The definitive guide to lasers

It feels like there’s a laser treatment for almost everything these days! The choice can be overwhelming, so we created this guide to explain what each laser can treat.

Here at MunkMD Dermatology clinic, we have a wide selection of laser skin treatments that have the ability to treat a range of issues, from medical to cosmetic. Whether it’s for improving complexion and skin texture, or removing moles, precancerous lesions, or tattoos – we’ve got a laser treatment for you!

Skin Tightening & Body Contouring: BodyFX™

BodyFXis ideal for body contouring and skin tightening. It targets unwanted areas of stubborn fat such as love handles, abdomen, back, under arms, hips, knees, and thighs.

Mole removal and skin rejuvenation: CO2 Laser

CO2RE laser is the ultimate solution for treating individual moles, age spots, and scars. Due to its very precise capabilities, it’s able to treat these benign skin lesions effectively, ensuring the lowest risk of scar formation.

The CO2 laser can also provide full-face rejuvenation by targeting and improving sun spots, fine lines, rough texture, and uneven skin tones.

Permanent hair removal: Diolaze™

At MunkMD we offer permanent hair removal with the most sophisticated and efficient laser hair removal system available to date. Diolazetreatments are fast and comfortable due to its large spot size and built-in cooling surface, and can be performed on many areas of the body.

Vascular lesions: Excel V™ Laser

Many skin conditions manifest in the form of broken or abnormal blood vessels, as is the case of rosacea and spider veins. Excel V™  treats vascular lesions by administering a unique high power green laser, which causes the vein walls to collapse and seal shut. Over time the vessels will no longer be visible.

Skin tightening: Forma™ & Forma Plus™

Forma (for smaller areas) and Forma Plus™ (for larger areas) is a treatment that helps tighten skin on the face, neck, and body, making it firmer and more youthful. It’s ideal for treating areas such as neck, abdomen, knees, under arms, face and other areas that require tightening.

Tone and texture rejuvenation: Fractora™

Fractora™ is the most advanced laser when it comes to improving skin tone and texture. Fractora™ delivers radiofrequency energy to the skin, promoting collagen remodeling, tightening, and skin cell turnover.

Fractora™ can be used to improve fine lines or deep wrinkles, acne and other scars, or discolored red and brown skin tones. The most common areas of treatment are the lower eyelids, smile lines, cheeks, mouth, and neck.

Complexion improvement: Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

IPL treatments are useful in clearing up skin tone and improving vascular and pigmented lesions. They can treat age spots, sun damage, vascular lesions, rosacea, and freckles.

IPL  can be used on all areas of the body, but the most common zones are those that are regularly exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, chest, and hands.

Rejuvenation and nail fungus treatment: Laser Genesis™

Cutera Laser Genesis™ is a great non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment. It improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, shrinks pores, and reduces redness without the unwanted side effects such as redness, puffiness, or peeling skin.

Unlike most laser treatments, Laser Genesis can be used on all skin types, making for a safe and effective year-round treatment.

This laser is also used for the temporary increase of clear nail in patients with onychomycosis, more commonly known as nail fungus. Fungal nail infections cause fingernails or toenails to thicken, discolour, disfigure, and split, and are a common condition affecting an estimated 10% of the world’s population.

Acne and precancerous lesion treatment: Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy is a great treatment to target large areas of the skin simultaneously and safely. It treats actinic keratoses (precancerous skin lesions) and superficial skin cancers, as well as acne, large pores, and sun damage.

Tattoo removal and rejuvenation: Picoway™

Picoway™​ ​is​ ​a​ ​very​ ​powerful​ ​device​ ​that​ ​treats​ ​pigmentation,​ ​skin​ ​irregularities,​ ​and​ ​the signs​ ​of​ ​aging. This includes​ pigmentation,​ ​freckles,​ ​age​ ​spots,​ ​lentigines,​ ​nevus​ ​of​ ​ota,​ ​café-au-lait,​ ​and​ ​more.

Picoway is also the best option for tattoo removal, targeting all colours, requiring less treatments, and causing less discomfort than previous treatment options.

This guide covers all the laser treatments available at MunkMD, but is by no means exhaustive regarding their uses and benefits. If you want to learn more and have a personalised consultation with Dr. Munk and our skincare experts, give us a call! 514-937-2757

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