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Exactly How Safe are Lasers for Use in Medicine?

By Edited May 29, 2016 0 0

Laser technology has become a more common medical procedure recently. Many ask themselves, just how safe are lasers for use in medicine?

The easy answer is that lasers are extremely safe, but let's explain why. Most lasers used in medical procedures are low level, not the metal melting science fiction stereotypes we've seen in the movies. Though low level lasers may not be as exciting as Star Wars, but they are perfectly safe.

Essentially, lasers are intense light used for monochromatic, collimated, and coherent properties. They work at such a low level that no cutting is done to harm the flesh. Intense radiation can melt fat, scars, pimples and similar blemishes through a painless procedure that only slightly tickles the flesh. No recovery time is needed.

Safe and Free of Side Effects
Used in extremely safe non-invasive procedures free of side effects, lasers quickly relieve a variety of conditions. These include non-surgical liposuction, the removal of pimples, treating chronic neck and back pain. Cold lasers used in medicine carry 500 mW or less. The energy produced during treatment with cold lasers is such a low level that skin isn't damaged as it's treated. These lasers are much different than the heat lasers used for surgery. You'll likely feel only a slight tickle or tingle, similar to if someone ran his or her fingers gently along the surface of your skin.

Safe for Metal Implants, Pacemakers and IUDs
Low level lasers are completely safe for metal implants, pacemakers and IUDs. Since they use light and not heat, the lasers don't affect the metal's temperature. It's still a good idea, however, to tell your qualified practitioner about these additions just to be on the safe side.

Cancer Free With No Harm to Organs
Lasers have been found not to cause or exacerbate cancer. They also won't damage the body's vital organs. It's always a good idea to implement laser therapy under the direction of a qualified practitioner. The procedures are simple enough, however, that you can perform them yourself at home once you've been shown how. This will save you a visit to the practitioner and it puts your own health care in your hands. Simple yet effective, lasers can provide effective pain relief in a safe and non-invasive procedure.



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