Laser Surgery

Laser surgery is a medical treatment that can be used to treat many medical procedures such as

  • Refractive eye surgery (LASIK)
  • Tooth whitening
  • Cosmetic scar, tattoo, or wrinkle removal
  • Cataract or tumor removal

Benefits

Laser treatments are usually shorter and causes less damage to tissue than traditional surgeries. The healing process is faster and can be performed as an outpatient basis. However, recovery time does depend on the type of laser procedure done. Other benefits include less pain, swelling, and scarring.

Risks

There are risks involved in laser surgery, but it depends on the type of procedure.

Risk for Skin Therapy:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Changes in skin color
  • Electric Shock

Risk for Eye Therapy:

  • Dry eyes
  • Vision loss or changes
  • Under and over corrections
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Astigmatism

Other procedural risks*

  • Pneumonia
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke

*Risk for treatments that involve general anesthesia.

Recovery

Like with any surgical procedure, rest is the best recovery treatment. Physicians may prescribe over the counter medication for pain and swelling. Following orders given by your physician is highly recommended.