The LightScalpel® CO2 laser is a device that produces a concentrated beam of light. The highly focused CO2 laser beam vaporizes tissue cleanly and precisely, while encouraging faster healing and eliminating the need for sutures.
With the LightScalpel CO2 laser, there is:
- Less Bleeding — As it vaporizes the tissue, the LightScalpel laser seals small blood vessels. This great reduction in bleeding makes surgical procedures quick and easy. In many cases, no sutures are required.
- Less Swelling and Discomfort — The LightScalpel CO2 laser beam seals the tissue, resulting in less post-operative swelling and discomfort associated with traditional scalpel surgery.
- Reduced Risk of Infection — The sanitizing effect of the laser reduces the risk of infection and means faster healing.
- Reduced Treatment Time — Less bleeding results in the improved visibility of the surgical field. Dr. Gilbert and our team do not have to spend much time trying to control bleeding, and as a result, the duration of the surgery is reduced.
What is laser surgery and how does it work?
Traditional surgery with a scalpel or scissors can bruise or crush tissue. When we use the LightScalpel CO2 laser, only an intense beam of laser light interacts with the tissue. There is no mechanical trauma to the tissue and the incision is very narrow (almost the width of a human hair).
The CO2 laser has the unique ability to vaporize or “erase” tissue. The CO2 laser can be used to make incisions, as well as to remove unhealthy tissue. It is so precise that it can selectively remove only a few cells at a time if needed. At the same time, it is powerful enough to separate large tissue.