NewSurg-KTP Laser Treatment Addresses Multiple Problems
At Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, we are interested in the latest technologies that have demonstrated outstanding safety and efficacy in the treatment of medical and cosmetic dermatologic concerns. We are pleased to offer NewSurg-KTP laser treatments to patients of our Seattle office, and want to discuss here what this modality is used for and what you might expect from treatment.
What is KTP laser treatment?
NewSurg-KTP laser employs a single wavelength of green-light for specific dermatologic improvement. A potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) crystal actually generates the specific wavelength of light by translating Nd: YAG energy into light on the green visible spectrum. The green light in this laser treatment targets blood vessels, making NewSurg-KTP well-suited to problems such as broken capillaries. Additional concerns that are commonly treated with this modality include rosacea, spider veins, and melasma.
How it Works
When the green light energy of KTP is focused on pigmented lesions, selective absorption occurs. The heating of superficial blood vessels cause closure and redirection of blood flow, which ultimately causes their disappearance. The treatment process itself takes less than an hour. Immediate improvement is likely to be noticed, but the process of elimination may occur over several weeks. In some instances, multiple treatments may be indicated for optimal skin clearing.
Treatment involves skin cleansing and the application of clear, cool gel onto the area of skin being treated. This gel is a coupling aging for laser energy. As the laser application tip is moved across the skin, the heating of shallow blood vessels may be felt as slight tingling or energy pulses. Some areas of treatment feel greater sensations than others, but most patients do not describe their treatment as uncomfortable but tolerable. After this gentle heating, it is natural for the skin to feel slightly sunburned for a few hours up to a few days. Redness may also be noticed.
With the advent of so many light and laser treatments in recent years, it is normal to feel confused about the best way to manage various cosmetic and dermatologic concerns. We are here to help you. Learn more about the services available in our professional, friendly offices. Call 206-859-5777.