When you hear the words “skin care,” what do you think of? The average person may think about something such as skin care routines for removing signs of aging and keeping skin looking healthy. But for dermatologists and their patients, “skin care” can hold a very different meaning – one that involves treatment for a skin disorder.
From severe acne to cases of psoriasis, rosacea and more, there are a number of reasons patients may need to visit a dermatologist for medical skin care. The challenge for dermatologists is understanding exactly where their patients are coming from – and ensuring that they can offer these individuals the best possible skin treatment regimen.
How Skin Disorders Impact Patients
In the United States alone, skin disorders affect a millions of people in the population. For example, according to the National Institutes of Health, between 5.8 and 7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis; additionally, it’s estimated that 80 percent of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 suffer from severe acne breakouts at least once, if not regularly. Consider how these numbers would multiple for every additional skin disorder patients suffer from, and you’ll begin to see how these statistics highlight the commonality of skin disorders today.
Unfortunately, the patients that live with skin disorders face many challenges; in addition to often facing a stigma when their disorder affects their looks, living with a skin disorder can be emotionally draining in a society that focuses so heavily on the importance of appearance. Between a patient’s internal dialogue regarding their appearance and the general public’s common reaction to the way they look, it isn’t uncommon for patients to suffer from symptoms that can range from mild anxiety to severe depression, all due to their skin condition.
For many patients, treatments provided by dermatologists are the key to living as a normal a life as possible. This makes the role of a dermatologist extremely important, as their practice’s treatment options and abilities have the power to directly impact the quality of life patients experience in their day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, a number of skin conditions today can only be managed rather than cured; however, there are still valid treatment options available that, when combined properly, can greatly benefit your patients.
Treating And Helping Patients With Skin Disorders
There are a variety of medical skin care options available for patients with skin disorders today, which can be combined to form different treatment regimens that can vary in strength depending on the severity of a patient’s skin condition.
Currently topical drugs in the form of creams, gels, ointments and other direct skin care medications are one of the most popular treatment options due to their relatively low cost and non-invasiveness. Systemic drugs in the forms of oral medications or injections are also sometimes used to try and control the symptoms of skin disorders.
In severe cases, dermatologists may want to consider enhancing their patients’ regimens by offering professional medical laser procedures that work in conjunction with other symptom-controlling treatments. When considering this option, however, it’s particularly important to ensure that the medical laser used to aid a patient is safe for that patient’s skin; otherwise, dermatologists run the risk of further aggravating an existing skin condition.
Considering Aerolase Medical Lasers
At Aerolase, we understand the importance of treating patients safely, quickly and easily. To address your patients’ needs, we’ve developed a versatile line of Nd:YAG medical lasers that feature high-powered 650-microsecond pulse technology. This technology allows our medical lasers to provide exceptionally high power treatments that heavily feature a gentle submillisecond pulse duration for most applications. Our lasers can also provide longer pulses as needed during specialized treatments.
During a treatment with an Aerolase medical laser, targeted tissue is heated faster for higher peak temperature and increased efficacy, while collateral heating is minimized to the point where skin cooling is not even necessary during treatment, even with skin types IV-VI. This versatility makes Aerolase suitable for a range of medical skin can treatments, including in cases of:
- Acne Vulgaris
- Decubitus Ulcers
- Pseudofolliculitis Barbae
- Coagulation of Other Soft Tissue Structures
Let Us Help You Update Your Practice’s Medical Skin Care Tools
Patients in need of medical skin care deserve the best treatments available today. Fortunately, the invention of modern medical laser technology has allowed dermatologists to begin expanding treatment capabilities and addressing their patients’ skin disorders much more efficiently. With more practitioners and patients enjoying new options for treating many medical dermatology conditions, modern day treatment options such as medical lasers are becoming a must-have technology for any dermatologist.
To learn more about how Aerolase medical lasers can help your practice addressing your patients’ needs, please contact Aerolase for a consultation. Our staff will gladly work with you to evaluate your practice and help you choose a modern medical laser that will benefit you and your patients alike.