Health Surgery

How Does Laser Surgery Work?

Published at 02/29/2012 18:16:57


There are several different types of laser surgery. The three most popular and known types of laser surgery are laser eye surgery, laser skin surgery, laser cosmetic surgery. They are serve a different purpose and are used for a specific part of the body. Laser surgery can be used for beauty needs or simply for medical needs, such as laser eye surgery.

The word laser is a acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Albert Einstein was the first person who developed this process, back in 1917. However, lasers have come a long way since they were first developed. The very first usage of a laser, in the medical field was done by Patricia Bath. Patricia Bath used the first laser to treat a case of cataracts. Since then, many specialty doctors have began using lasers. You can see them in cancer treatment centers, in your dentist's office, in your plastic surgeons office and during corrective eye surgery.

Laser surgery works by integrating intense beams of light on a machine. This machine then will omit only one wave length of light at a time. From there, the laser beam is absorbed by structures in our body, causing them to heat up. Typically, laser surgery uses these laser beams to cut through or 'burst' through tissue.

A great example would be Lasik eye laser surgery. Once you're in the doctors chair of Lasik eye laser surgery, you will be asked to look into a light, usually with a fixed object upon it. The doctor then will use a per-programmed laser to cut the corneal tissue within your eye. Once it's cut, it will automatically reshape it.

Most doctors are now replacing the scalpel with laser surgery. Some of the pro's to laser surgery are:

  • reduced risk of infections
  • a 'bloodless' surgery
  • less scarring
  • improved overall results
  • quick, safe and effective surgeries
  • controlled surgery


When thinking about getting laser surgery, it's always best to do your research about the topic first. Laser surgery is like any surgery, it always will require careful consideration. Another thing to think about is the cost of laser surgery. With laser surgery being so popular today, it's declining in price but it is still usually more expensive than regular scalpel surgery. For example, Lasik laser eye surgery can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000.

Other types of laser surgery, such as laser hair removal can cost anywhere from $100 to $1,000 per session. With all types of laser surgery, most patients find the healing process to occur fairly quickly so they are willing to put forth the extra money for that alone. Besides a quick healing process, patients also feel that the treatments have better lasting results. You can find pricing for basically any laser surgery procedure online or you can call your doctor directly for this information. Unfortunately, health insurance will not cover most cosmetic procedures so the price you pay will come directly out of your own pocket. Also, remember there are several other miscellaneous costs when getting laser surgery, so you will also need to consider those costs into your budget.


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