Laser technology is being utilized throughout the health care community. Dr. Meyers was one of the first—if not the first—oral and maxillofacial surgeon to be granted privileges to use this treatment modality at our local hospitals and surgicenters. Dr. Meyers has studied both locally (in New York City and at the University of Virginia) and internationally at the London School of Medicine, where he learned to use the most sophisticated and modern lasers. Dr. Meyers has since obtained a carbon dioxide laser for CPOMS, which means that you may be able to be treated more simply in our office and not have to go to a hospital to have laser surgery performed.
What is a laser?
The word “laser” is an acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A surgical laser, such as the CO2 laser, is a beam of light capable of removing unwanted tissue. The laser vaporizes skin cells by emitting bursts of radiation that are absorbed by water in these cells. Laser light penetrates to a very precise, controlled depth, making the procedure safe and predictable, while reducing the risk of scarring or pigmentation problems.
How we use lasers
Lasers have many advantages over “conventional” cutting methods such as scalpels or electrosurgery:
- much less bleeding
- less postoperative pain and infection
- no need for sutures
- shorter surgical procedures
- minimal scarring
Where applicable, Dr. Meyers will use this for your treatment.
In addition to performing frenectomies to treat either “tongue-tie” or frena, thick muscles which attach to the lip or gum, Dr Meyers often uses this technique to perform biopsies and to ablate—simply remove—larger areas of problematic or painful tissue such as lichen planus. Sometimes Dr. Meyers will use “blended” procedures such as performing a biopsy of a part of an area and either ablating the rest of the tissue with a laser or performing a cytological examination—a “brush biopsy.” Other uses for the laser include uncovering of implants which previously have been placed in a Two-Stage Process.
Please ask Dr. Meyers if he feels that you are a candidate for this type of surgery.