How Dermatologists use technology for treatment

Dermatology is that branch of medicine, which deals with the diseases of skin, nails and hair. Specially trained healthcare professionals who are responsible for treating diseases of skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes are known as dermatologists. From newborns to the elderly lot, they treat patients of every age group. Research says that dermatologists take care of a host of diseases that range from acne to skin cancer (in which case Dermatologists may ask patients to consult relevant Oncologists). Apart from this, they treat cosmetic issues by helping patients to rejuvenate the appearance of skin, nails and hair as well. Few common conditions that are treated by dermatologists are eczema, acne, fungal infections, psoriasis, rosacea, vitiligo, warts, shingles and so on.

With each passing day and with the advent of new technology, novel and unique treatments and technologies have been developed to assess and cure various dermatological conditions. Dermatologists mostly use technologies such as laser, IPL (Intense Pulse Light), IR (Infra Red) and RF (Radio Frequency) for treating patients.

Let us get some insights on these technologies:

·        Laser: Mostly used in dermatological medaesthetic treatments, this improves texture of the skin as well as eliminates wrinkles acne and scars.

·        IPL: Used in non-intrusive cosmetic treatments, this projects a pulse of intense light, the wavelength of which is adjusted to the skin type. This not only eliminates pigmentation but also produces collagen that tightens your skin, removes wrinkles and makes your skin look younger.

·        IR: The projection of infra red light on the skin is absorbed in deeper skin tissue. As a result of this energy, heat generation is caused, which in turn affects the collagen levels, thus making your skin look unbelievably younger.

Few technologies that are being used by the dermatologists in recent times:

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·     Daylight photodynamic therapy: Making use of photosensitizing agents along with light to kill cancer cells, this treatment can be used on patients with certain types of cancer in order to help them live longer. The photosensitizing agent can either be put on the skin or inserted into the bloodstream through a vein. After the drug is slowly absorbed by the cancer cells, light is applied to the area, which makes the drug react with oxygen, as a result of which a chemical is formed that eventually kills the cells.

·     Laser tattoo removal: Want to get rid of that tattoo, which you don’t want anymore? This can help you eliminate the tattoo by targeting the pigment. Lasers can blast the tiny ink fragments, removing the tattoo that is on your skin while the surface of your skin remains undamaged. These days, tattoo inks are specifically developed so that they can be good targets for the laser and hence can be removed entirely without leaving any residues.

·    Phototherapy: Helpful in treating psoriasis, phototherapy uses UV light to slow down the swift growth of skin cells. Treatments have to be given several times a week, until psoriasis clears away.

·    Fat Reduction technology (Coolsculpting): In this, cooling is applied to areas of unwanted fat like hips, abdomen and back. The fat cells are destroyed by the cold externally and the body expels them through the lymphatic system, thus reducing the fat.

In the recent times, remarkable advances in technologies used in dermatology and dermatologic surgeries have been witnessed. Dermatologists of today are making a good use of the newest technologies while treating patients who suffer from dermatologic disorders.

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