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Do your skin or nails embarrass you? With sandal weather just around the corner, it may be time to show your feet some love. The Foot and Ankle Wellness Center is hosting an exclusive, invitation-only Skin & Nail Rejuvenation Night on Thursday, April 23rd from 5:30pm to 7pm. Join us for a few hours of wine, appetizers, and information to transform your skin and nails. You could even win a $500 gift card!
All you have to do is call 740-363-4373, ext. 7 or email [email protected] and make a reservation. All requests must be received before April 16th. Space will be limited to the first 100 people to RSVP.
What can our laser do for you? Laser therapy cures fungal nails, rejuvenates hands, eliminates spider veins, and removes hair, warts, age spots, and scars. How does it do that? Let’s look at the basics of laser technology.
Laser stands for: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Laser procedures use non-ionizing radiation, so they do not have the same long-term risks as other types of radiation such as x-rays. A medical laser uses precisely focused light sources to selectively interact, in useful ways, upon various tissues within the skin and body. When you turn on a lamp, that light bulb spreads wavelengths across the room in every direction. When you turn on a laser, those wavelengths become highly concentrated and centered over a single area.
Light and your body tissues interact all the time. Have you ever had a sunburn? That was UV light interacting with your skin to create a change. This happens all the way down at the molecular level. Molecules can experience:
- Photochemical reactions; getting the molecule so excited that it will share electrons with other molecules and thus change into something different
- Photothermal reactions; light turning into heat energy which can be used to separate or bind tissues
- Photoablation; getting the molecule so excited that the body rejects it from the tissue completely (This is what we mentioned briefly in the Gangrene article)
- Plasma-induced photoablation; molecules transfer energy from one to another creating a series of collisions that result in the release of many electrons
- Photodisruption; just like plasma-induced photoablation, but with a few shockwaves thrown in
Essentially, the way we set the laser can create different chemical reactions in the body at the molecular level to change our tissues in different ways. Your podiatrist will set the frequency (wavelength) of the laser, the power delivered to the unit, and the duration and repetition of the illumination. Each of these factors affects the tissue in different ways and will be customized to you personally for your specific needs.
How safe is the treatment? Laser technology has been around since the 1900s when Oscar Raab developed its use in “Photodynamic Therapy”, which is still used today to kill bacteria and viruses, and treat everything from acne to cancerous tumors. There are some safety precautions that your podiatrist will explain during treatment, such as wearing protective eyewear.
Trust in the Foot and Ankle Wellness Center to give your nails and skin new life. Don’t forget to RSVP to our event before April 16th and remember, we are limited to the first 100 people who request an invitation. Can’t make the event? No problem. Just ask any of our staff about your medical laser treatment options and we can schedule you for a normal office visit. We hope to see you all soon!