Lasers create specific wavelengths of light to resolve specific medical issues.
So if your doctor uses one, it’s because the wavelength it creates should fix your problem.
“A laser can destroy spider and varicose veins because the wavelength of light we use is absorbed specifically by red blood cells,” Dr. Jeffrey Popp said.
In another example, he said to laser resurface your skin, the carbon dioxide laser’s wavelength is absorbed by water molecules.
“The laser is shot onto your skin,” Dr. Popp said. “The water in the skin cells is heated and destroyed, and then we peel off that thin layer. That’s how the process works.”
He said lasers are currently limited to one or two wavelengths. He uses one for skin resurfacing and a second for blood vessels, pigmented lesions and similar concerns.
Dr. Popp said he’s often consulted about the removal of tattoos.
“Tattoo removal can be tricky,” he said, because tattoos can have many different colors. There are wavelengths absorbed by red, yellow or blue ink. And each one is different.
“I was just at a meeting where they hinted there’s a laser in the pipeline with several different wavelengths of light,” he said.
“A doctor would be able to dial or tune in to whatever wavelength of light is needed.”
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