The KTP laser (potassium titanyl-phosphate) is one of the innovative tools Spectrum Dermatology utilizes to provide the best possible outcomes for patients.
The KTP laser is used to treat blood vessels on the face, redness from rosacea and brown spots (sun spots) on the face, chest and legs. Treatments can give a dramatic improvement in the appearance of redness, vessels or brown spots in only one to two treatments. Best of all, the laser does not hurt nor does it require any downtime. Some of the improvement is seen immediately, and some of the improvement is seen in the days and weeks following the procedure.
The KTP laser works by selectively targeting irregular spots on the skin. Specifically, the laser targets red (hemoglobin) and brown (melanin) areas on the skin. While treating redness on the skin, the energy of the KTP laser gently coagulates the blood vessels below the skin ’s surface. This collapses those visible blood vessels and decreases the generalized redness seen in rosacea. While treating lentigines (sun spots), the energy of the KTP targets the melanocytes presents in the epidermis.
Treatment with the KTP laser does not take long; the length of the treatment depends on the area being treated. Depending on what you are treating, you may have gel applied to your skin. The treatment itself is not painful and you will be ready to go immediately after the treatment. There is no “down-time” and you will feel fine immediately following the treatment.
There is no downtime after treatment with the KTP laser. It does not cause bruising or excessive redness; most patients go immediately back to work or social events after their treatment. Brown spots may become temporarily darker following the treatment.
To remove blood vessels or brown spots usually 1-2 sessions is needed. Some patients see results in a single session and only do 1 treatment. Other patients require a series of treatments.
Spectrum Dermatology provides expertise, knowledge and passion to medical, surgical, laser and cosmetic dermatology. Our experience and reputation make Spectrum Dermatology one of the most sought-after dermatologist in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. For more information or to set up an appointment please contact us at (480) 948-8400.