Laser Treatments Specialist

Access Dermatology Clinic  -  - Dermatologist

Access Dermatology Clinic

Dermatologists located in Franklin & Glasgow, KY & Gallatin, TN

Dermatological laser treatments often eliminate the need for surgery and improve the efficiency of treatment plans. At Access Dermatology Clinic in Franklin and Glasgow, Kentucky, and Gallatin, Tennessee, board-certified providers James Allred, MD, FAAD, and Sherelen Hodges, APRN, DCNP, offer laser treatments. To book a treatment consultation, call the closest office or schedule online today.

Laser Treatments Q & A

What are laser treatments?

Laser treatments are in-office procedures that use the heat and energy of a laser light to reduce inflammation, stimulate cell turnover, or accomplish other goals for your skin health and appearance. There are many purposes that lasers can serve in dermatology, and the team at Access Dermatology Clinic utilizes them often. 

Lasers use individual wavelengths of light, which are delivered in concentrated beams. Different wavelengths serve different purposes and can enter the skin at selected depths. Commonly used lasers include carbon dioxide lasers and argon lasers.

Various pigments and cell types within your skin absorb laser light, which stimulates or destroys them. That is why lasers are effective at removing or minimizing various unfavorable skin features. 

The team at Access Dermatology Clinic describes how the laser will work for your treatment and which cell or tissue types it targets. 

Which conditions can laser treatments treat?

Lasers in dermatology can treat a wide range of skin conditions and cosmetic features on the skin. You can safely use them in most areas except for around the eyes, and the team at Access Dermatology Clinic uses a careful hand to target only the areas that need treatment. 

Access Dermatology Clinic might include laser procedures in your treatment plan for:

  • Vascular lesions
  • Wrinkles
  • Scars
  • Sun damage
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Keloids
  • Viral warts
  • Freckles
  • Birthmarks

Lasers can also remove body hair or unwanted tattoos according to your personal cosmetic preferences. 

How should I care for my skin after a laser treatment?

The effects and aftercare for laser treatments in dermatology vary, but many laser treatments result in some minor irritation that lasts for a couple of days after your procedure.

The team at Access Dermatology Clinic tells you what you need to know while managing any redness or irritation from a laser treatment. Your instructions might include:

  • Avoiding direct sunlight
  • Wearing sunscreen daily
  • Avoiding tanning beds
  • Choosing gentle cleansers for your skin
  • Moisturizing your skin
  • Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever for any discomfort

With most laser treatments, you can go home immediately after the procedure. You can even go right back to work the same day. 

While you’ll see at least some improvements after your initial treatment, many laser treatments in dermatology work best with a series of procedures with some healing time between them. 

To learn more about laser treatments in dermatology and explore your options, call Access Dermatology Clinic or schedule a visit online at the nearest location today.