Laser Treatments for Women
Lasers are more precise than traditional surgical instruments, and cuts can be made shorter and shallower. This causes less damage to tissue.
Laser operations are usually shorter than traditional surgeries, especially for women. They can often be done on an outpatient basis and you don’t have to spend the night in the hospital. If general anesthesia is required, it’s usually used for a shorter time.
People also tend to heal faster with laser operations. You may have less pain, swelling, and scarring than with traditional surgeries.
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapies are medical treatments that use focused light. Unlike most light sources, light from a laser (which stands for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”) is tuned to specific wavelengths. This allows it to be focused into powerful beams. Laser light is so intense that it can be used to shape diamonds or cut steel.
In medicine, lasers allow surgeons to work at elevated levels of precision by focusing on a small area, damaging less of the surrounding tissue. If you have laser therapy, you may experience less pain, swelling, and scarring than with traditional surgery. However, laser therapy can be expensive and require repeated treatments.
Laser therapy may be used to:
- Shrink or destroy tumors, polyps, or precancerous growths
- Relieve symptoms of cancer
- Remove kidney stones
- Remove part of the prostate
- Repair a detached retina
- Improve vision
- Treat hair loss resulting from alopecia or aging
- Treat pain, including back nerve pain
Lasers can have a cauterizing effect and may be used to seal:
- Nerve endings to reduce pain after surgery
- Blood vessels to help prevent blood loss
- Lymph vessels to reduce swelling and limit the spread of tumor cells
Lasers may be useful in treating preliminary stages of some cancers, including:
- Cervical cancer
- Vaginal cancer
- Vulvar cancer
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Basal cell skin cancer
For cancer, laser therapy is usually used alongside other treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation.
Laser therapy is also used cosmetically to:
- Remove warts, moles, birthmarks, and sun spots
- Remove hair
- Lessen the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, or scars