Are you unhappy with your brown spots or persistent red spots? Perhaps you are noticing age-related changes or sunspots or rosacea? While creams and lotions can be effective over time, laser treatments are a great way to quickly address these skin concerns. The KTP laser is an effective solution for many skin irregularities so you can feel confident in your appearance!
What is the NewSurg KTP Laser?
A KTP laser uses a potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) crystal as its frequency doubling device. The crystal is engaged by a beam that is generated by a neodymium: yttrium aluminum garnet (Md: YAG) laser. This is directed through the crystal to create a beam in the green visible spectrum. When the KTP laser light hits the skin, it is reflected, transmitted, and absorbed. This absorbed energy is what produces a result.
The KTP laser can be used to address the following:
- Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra
- Hemangiomas and spider angiomas
- Sunspots (lentigines)
- Seborrheic keratoses
- Broken blood vessels (telangiectasias)
Who is a Good Candidate for the NewSurg KTP Laser?
Individuals who would like to improve the appearance of brown spots, age spots, red blood vessels, or cherry hemangiomas. Overall, patients should be healthy with no active skin infections in the treatment area. The best way to determine if this treatment option is right for you is through a consultation with one of our dermatologists. During this appointment, your dermatologist will examine your skin and discuss your symptoms, and a treatment plan will be created for you.
What to Expect During NewSurg KTP Laser Treatment?
During KTP laser treatment, patients will be seated in a treatment chair and given goggles to wear to protect their eyes during treatment. A topical anesthetic may be applied to the treatment area, if desired, to ensure that you are comfortable during your session. The KTP laser handpiece will then be placed against the skin to begin treatment.
KTP Laser FAQs
What does a KTP laser treat?
The KTP laser can be an effective option for vascular lesions, pigmented lesions, and raised spots on the skin.
Is KTP laser ablative?
The KTP laser is non-ablative, meaning it does not remove or damage layers of the skin.
Does KTP laser hurt?
KTP treatments are very tolerable for most patients, additionally, a topical anesthetic can be used so youandrsquo;re comfortable during treatment.
How does KTP laser work?
Nonablative lasers like the KTP system work by targeting irregularities in the skin, like brown pigmentation or blood cells, and damaging them. Over time, these irregularities are removed by the skinandrsquo;s natural rejuvenation process.
Is KTP laser safe?
Although there are risks with any procedure, the KTP system has a great safety profile when performed by a board certified dermatologist.
How many sessions for KTP laser?
Depending on the size and type of skin concern you want to be addressed, you can see results as early as one treatment, but most patients have up to three.
How do you prepare for KTP laser treatment?
Prior to a KTP laser treatment session, you should have cleansed your face and taken off any makeup, but otherwise, no preparation is required.
Is there downtime after KTP laser sessions?
There is no downtime after KTP laser treatment, although you may have redness and swelling.
Is KTP laser good for broken blood vessels?
Yes, KTP is effective at getting rid of the appearance of broken blood vessels.
What is a KTP laser?
KTP stands for potassium titanyl phosphate, which is the compound the crystal that redirects the laser energy is made out of. It is used primarily to reduce pigmentation due to burst blood vessels or sun damage.
Recovery from the NewSurg KTP Laser
Following KTP laser treatment, patients may experience mild redness and swelling, which should subside over time. There is no downtime required, so individuals can return to work or school right away. Patients should avoid scrubbing the treatment area and using abrasive skin cleansers in the days following treatment. Sun exposure should also be avoided to reduce the risk of proinflammatory pigmentation. Be sure to follow your dermatologist’s specific instructions on how to care for your treatment sites to ensure the best possible results.
Usually, patients require 1-3 treatments on their face, though this may vary. Sometimes a touch-up procedure is required, depending on the desired result.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about NewSurg KTP laser treatments at HMGS Dermatology, contact our office today. Our team will be happy to schedule your consultation, as well as answer any questions that you may have.
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