Laser therapy uses a narrow beam of high-intensity light, which when shined on the skin can have a variety of effects. Some lasers produce light that vaporizes the outer layer of the skin and can be used to “resurface” the skin, lessening the appearance of wrinkles, tattoos, and acne scars.
These high-intensity light beams also can be used to surgically remove warts and pigmented lesions. Other lasers produce light that passes through the outer layers of skin to deliver energy to the deeper blood vessels. This causes the blood vessels to shrink, improving the appearance of spider veins, rosacea, and other skin conditions.
New laser technologies are available each year, and knowing how to select the appropriate laser light and the most effective means of delivery to the skin lesion or skin condition requires the special expertise of a physician.
At UT Southwestern Medical Center, our dermatologists carefully evaluate your medical history and current condition to develop an individual treatment plan utilizing the most appropriate laser therapies available.
Our specialists use laser therapy to treat rosacea, visible blood vessels, "red birthmarks" such as port wine stains, and keloid scars. UT Southwestern physicians perform photodynamic therapy to treat acne.
Other conditions treated at UT Southwestern with laser therapy include:
- Age spots
- Facial tumors
- Nail diseases
- Pigmented lesions
- Vascular problems such as spider veins
Our knowledge of the latest advances in dermatological research combined with our experience in patient care provides the best treatments available.