Advancements in laser technology have revolutionized many aspects of medical care, including podiatry. David Jenson, DPM, of Jenson Foot and Ankle Specialists in The Woodlands, Texas & Houston, Texas, and Shenandoah, Texas, has extensive experience leveraging the power of laser therapy to treat toenail fungus, warts, spider veins, and more. Book your appointment today to discuss what lasers can do for you. You can schedule an appointment online, or call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.
The word “laser” is actually an acronym, and stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. There are many different types of medical and aesthetic laser systems, but all share the common function of concentrating beams of light to produce carefully controlled heat.
Laser light focuses into a very narrow beam, and can be used to treat a precise area of tissue. In fact, the precision and power of lasers are why they are so often incorporated into surgical work.
Medical lasers are incredibly versatile tools, and work well in numerous applications. Some of the conditions where laser therapy offers a good treatment path include:
In the wrong hands, laser therapy can cause significant tissue damage. Dr. Jenson has the expertise needed to leverage these powerful tools to the greatest advantage.
Multiwave locked system, or MLS, laser therapy is a type of FDA-cleared technology that uses dual wavelengths combined with pulsed and continuous emissions to deliver outstanding results. Known as a “cold laser,” this system does not generate significant heat to cause discomfort in surrounding tissues.
This is a great option for treating nail fungus. You may need two treatments to ensure that all of the fungus is killed.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers are among the most powerful medical lasers on the market, and work by immediately destroying targeted tissue. These lasers can be used as a type of light scalpel to make targeted cuts, or as a vaporizing tool.
Not only can CO2 laser treatment vaporize targeted wart tissue, but it also sterilizes the operative field, reducing the risk of infection. The process seals surrounding blood vessels, allowing Dr. Jenson to treat the area immediately surrounding a wart to reduce the chances that the wart tissue will regenerate.
That ability to effectively close off blood vessels also makes this type of laser a good fit for treating spider veins. When blood cannot flow properly, it backs up in the affected vessel, often causing enlarged, visibly red veins to show through your skin. A brief session with a CO2 laser closes off those malfunctioning blood vessels, enabling your body to redirect blood flow to healthier vessels.
To explore the power of laser therapy in more depth, book a visit with Dr. Jenson online or by phone.