For the past few months, my wife Jill has been visiting a boutique for a quick 10-minute procedure to remove debris and trapped oils from her facial skin. If you ask Jill, she will tell you that this laser procedure is “amazing” and it has made a huge difference in the appearance of scarring and the occasional acne breakout.
What is this age-defying modern technology that a young, nonmedical professional is applying to her face? It is a YAG laser combined with an intense pulse light (IPL).
Yes, the very same YAG that we use to break up the opacified capsule. The YAG is commonplace in the ophthalmic office; however, IPL may be an irregular fit in eye care. I will argue that both are right at home in the ophthalmic practice and venture to say our utilization for the skin should be normal as well.
Previously from Dr. Bloomenstein: Managing presbyopia heading into the year 2020
This laser light has been used in dermatology for decades to treat a variety of skin problems, including facial rosacea.1
As commonly occurs with procedures and medicines, anecdotal changes often accompany the original goal. Take the lash growth seen with the use of bimatoprost (Latisse, Lumigan; Allergan) as an example of a sequela that is fortuitous for the patient.