Leading the Way in Skin Care Treatments
This article originally appeared in invision, a magazine
published for staff at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
Its beams of light can erase the past by removing an unwanted tattoo. When
applied with accuracy it can eliminate age spots and treat superficial skin
cancer. In the hands of a skilled dermatologist, lasers are indispensable tools
for treating a number of conditions, including birthmarks, age marks, warts,
unwanted hair, facial redness and visible blood vessels.
According to Mark Scharf, MD, director of laser services at UMass Memorial,
"The laser is a powerful medical instrument. We employ a total of six different
types of lasers, all designed to treat specific conditions. As a result of
extensive training and experience, we can choose the best technology for the
highest quality results."
"We have three different lasers for treating enlarged blood vessels," said
Dr. Scharf. The pulsed dye laser was specifically developed to destroy small
blood vessels and is also useful for the treatment of some warts. The V-Beam
laser is the instrument of choice for use on port-wine-stain birthmarks in
children and infants because of its gentleness. A third laser called the
long-pulsed Nd-YAG produces an invisible light which can be used to shrink
enlarged facial blood vessels without causing bruising.
A new technique that is gaining popularity is photodynamic therapy, which
uses blue light and a topically applied photosensitizing medication, called
Levulan, to treat some forms of facial acne. This treatment is designed to
reduce the population of acne-causing bacteria and to shrink the sebaceous
glands that give rise to acne. "Acne treatment is no longer restricted to just
oral medications and complex topical regimens," added Dr. Scharf.
Laser procedures, in addition to all dermatology services, are provided on
the Hahnemann Campus, where cutting-edge technology is combined with an
atmosphere of compassion and professionalism.