Diolite laser falls under the wider category of diode lasers and is used in cosmetic surgery. The main use of diolite laser is for lesions in the skin that are either pigmentation problems or vascular issues. Examples of pigmented lesions are freckles, liver spots, keratosis (slight bumps of discoloration on the face and back of the hands), and dermatosis papulosis nigra (tiny black marks mainly occurring in Asians and Africans). Examples of vascular lesions are spider veins, cherry angiomas (red lesions that are slightly raised), and spider angiomas (similar to cherry angiomas but are spider-like in pattern).
How does a diolite laser work? A diolite laser emits a very intense beam of light which is then targeted at the affected areas in the patient’s skin. When the light beam comes in contact with the patient’s skin, the heat is absorbed by the blood vessels and/or abnormally pigmented area. The result is that the heat destroys these unwanted blemishes. Naturally, the heat may produce some discomfort or slight pain, so in some cases, a mild topical anesthetic is applied to the area to be treated.
The biggest advantage of a diolite laser is that it can target very specific skin cells - the ones that cause the lesion - and kill them off, without damaging the surrounding tissue. This is the main reason that many patients prefer diolate laser even though other types of lasers may produce more noticeable results.
Devices that emit the beam from the diolite laser usually come in pen-like form, making it easier for the medical practitioner to target the specific areas for treatment.