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Dr. Hugh Hetherington: Laser Technology Rises in Popularity, Treatment Offers Variety of Cosmetic Solutions

Bozeman, Montana (PRWEB) June 04, 2013

A CBS News article has shared information about the growing popularity of the use of laser technology in cosmetic procedures. According to the article, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports the number of people who have undergone laser skin resurfacing procedures has doubled over the last decade. In response, experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hugh Hetherington provided information about the benefits and common misconceptions of this technology.

Dr. Hetherington stated: “Lasers are wonderful technology but have very specific applications. Each laser has its own wavelength that reacts with tissue in a specific way. Other parameters that must be controlled to get the right response include the amount of energy delivered and the duration of the pulse. The idea is for the energy to react preferentially with a target molecule such as tattoo ink in a way that destroys the unwanted tattoo without scarring the skin. Applications include hair removal, spider veins, tattoos, skin tightening and removal of pigmented skin lesions. The goal is to accomplish this without scarring the skin.”

Though laser treatment for cosmetic purposes gets the most attention, lasers have a number of medical benefits. The article notes, for instance, that lasers can be used to remove pre-cancerous spots. A number of people opt for laser treatments as it is less expensive than plastic surgery, and both treatment and recovery time are lessened. In addition, medical professionals such as nurses can undergo special training to gain expertise needed to perform these procedures.

Dr. Hetherington urges individuals to educate themselves on the benefits of laser procedures. He commented: “Each application requires the right laser and properly trained operator. It is also important to be realistic about the results that can be expected and who is an appropriate candidate. Not all skin types respond the same. Patients should ask who is doing the procedure and what their training is. It is quite common for specially trained nurses to safely perform laser procedures under a doctor’s supervision.”


Dr. Hugh Hetherington is an otolaryngologist and cosmetic surgeon who serves the greater Bozeman, Montana, community at Big Sky Ear, Nose & Throat as well as Big Sky Cosmetic Surgery. After graduating with his Doctor of Medicine degree from Saint Louis University, he served as an Army doctor and surgeon at numerous locations both in the United States and abroad. Today, Dr. Hugh Hetherington is double board-certified physician, recognized by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In addition to a medical practice, Dr. Hetherington holds a position as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medical Sciences at Montana State University.

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