Physician guided laser treatments
We’ve seen an increase in the popularity of laser skin care treatments over the past few years, and there’s a good reason for it too. Most people want to do whatever they can to take care of their skin and keep it looking soft and youthful, and will often buy a host of moisturisers, sunscreens, creams, and other products that focus on safeguarding the skin. While a good skin care regimen is vital to combat the signs of ageing, there are certain things that no amount of cream can reverse. Regardless of whether you’ve been wearing sunscreen religiously for years, the harsh Australian sun can take a severe toll on your skin. Aside from that, whether you smoke and eat a healthy diet will also impact how quickly you start to show signs of ageing.
This is where laser treatments come into play. However, there are numerous benefits to seeking out skin rejuvenation through a laser treatment other than reducing the signs of ageing. We hope that in providing you with the information you need, that you can make an informed decision about whether you decide to undergo a treatment or not.
How Can a Laser Treatment Benefit You?
- Reduction of Wrinkles – The fine lines that form around the eyes and mouth as we age are excellent examples of areas that can benefit from skin rejuvenation. A laser treatment will assist in improving the skin’s elasticity while smoothing over any wrinkles you may have.
- Eradicate Discolouration – Spots on the skin can be caused by numerous factors such as sun exposure or issues with pigmentation. You may also want to remove unwanted freckles, which laser treatments are ideal for.
- Improve Scarring – Whether you suffered from acne as a teenager or have surgical and traumatic scars that you’d like to reduce the appearance of, you might want to consider undergoing a treatment. Results do vary between patients, as everyone is different, but scars have, in some cases, been removed entirely.
- To find out more about the benefits of skin rejuvenation, give us a call today. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Our Laser Treatments
Q Switch Pico Laser
This is a laser device (engineered by Cutera) that uses a quality Switch (Q) to deliver powerful laser pulses within a very short pulse duration (a picosecond). It’s high intensity uses ultra-short pulses – in fact, one trillionth of a second!
This device is in a special category of lasers and uses the Nd:Yag garnet (crystals) to generate the laser light.
The treatment is suitable for almost all areas of the face and body and the laser can target pigmentation within a specific layer of the skin.
This treatment is best for:
- Tattoo removal
- Non– ablative rejuvenation – especially in Asian skin.
Once all the safety precautions are followed, including eye shields and corrective glasses, the area is anaesthetised then treated with the laser light. The treatment of an area (e.g. the face) usually takes approximately 10-15 minutes.
The treated area is usually red for the first 24 hours and can feel like mild sunburn. Following the treatment, it is advised to avoid the sun and wear SPF 50+.
Pigmentation will usually darken initially for the first 2-3 days and then start to fade after.
The initial treatment usually requires a minimum of 2-3 sessions about 3-4 weeks apart. Once the desired effect is achieved, one off treatments may be required at 12-18 monthly intervals to maintain results.
The ultra-short bursts of energy delivered by the laser can disrupt the cells that contain pigment within the skin. Because each pulse is a picosecond, the laser can very specifically target the pigment in different layers of the skin, even in darker skin types, without affecting the natural pigment that is present.
The main precaution with these treatments is to avoid sun exposure post treatment and to wear SPF 50+ each day. Possible, but rare, complications can include darkening of pigmentation and skin irritation. Talk to Dr Sam about any of your concerns.
A CO2 laser treatment is considered ‘the gold standard’ of all laser treatments. It uses a carbon dioxide gas to emit laser light that can be used to treat the skin. It is effective in restoring and rejuvenating the skin, including fine lines, pores and textural improvements.
Nearly all areas of the face and body can be treated with this laser. It is most helpful for:
- Scars (including Keloid)
- Glandular Swellings – particularly of the nose
This laser can also be used to treat lumps, bumps and moles on the skin.
The area to be treated is anaesthetised and thoroughly cleaned prior to treatment.
The laser treatment is applied along with a cool air to the area to improve comfort. The total duration of the treatment is between 10-15 minutes.
After the treatment, the skin may appear red, like the appearance of mild sunburn. 2-3 days following treatment, you may notice some flaking of the skin in the treated area. Once this process settles in the week after treatment, results can be seen.
To achieve best results, it is recommended to have 2 or 3 initial treatments, spaced 3-4 weeks apart.
The results can then usually be seen for up to 18 months, when maintenance treatment can be administered. Talk to Dr Sam and the team at Samara medical and cosmetic clinics to be fully informed on your procedure.
The fractionated laser causes microscopic areas of thermal damage, penetrating the top layer of the skin. This stimulates collagen production and the treated area of damaged skin is replaced by new cells.
At Samara medical and cosmetic clinics, CO2 lasers are only administered by highly skilled and trained doctors and therefore, there are very few complications. There is a very small chance of burns or scarring if not administered by a trained professional. Feel free to discuss any concerns with Dr Sam at your consultation.
Pulsed Dye & Yag
Pulsed Dye laser treatment has been used for decades to treat skin damage and blemishes. The laser uses a concentrated beam of light, which is converted to heat and targets very specific areas. It leaves the surrounding skin undamaged.
Most areas of the face and body can be safely treated. This laser is best suited for:
- Spider naevi – swollen blood vessels just below the skin’s surface
- Varicose veins
- Skin redness – from sun damage
As with most laser treatments, eye goggles are provided for your protection during the procedure.
The area to be treated is then thoroughly cleaned and numbed. Cooling air is also applied to the area during treatment to enhance comfort. The procedure itself only takes a few minutes.
The area treated will often require 2-3 treatments to achieve a good outcome. This is done 3-5 weeks apart, so visible results can be observed in around 2 months. To sustain and prolong visual results, maintenance treatments are likely to be required at 12-18 month intervals.
Pulsed Dye laser uses a vaporised dye to generate laser light energy of 595 wavelength and focuses a beam of light at blood vessels beneath the skin. This laser light is particularly suited to target red blood vessels and for smaller vessels of the body.
Following treatment, the area is likely to be redder than normal for a few days and then starts to fade. There are very few complications associated with this procedure, however, all lasers must be operated by trained and qualified doctors and this is no exception.
Venus Versa is a multiplatform device that can deliver multiple non-surgical treatments for various skin conditions of the face and body and is suitable for all skin types. It can target pigmented areas and lesions, resulting in brighter skin. It also encourages and stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen.
Venus Versa is safe and effective for all areas of the face and body. Venus Versa is particularly suited for:
- Sun damage
- Acne and acne scarring
- Poikiloderma and other sun-damaged skin conditions
- Skin tightening
As with all light and laser treatments, you’ll wear safety glasses during the procedure for maximum eye protection. The treatment area is thoroughly cleaned and numbed and the application of energy to the treatment area is completed while maintaining skin cooling with a cooling device.
Each procedure will normally take less than 20 minutes.
The area may appear slightly red and inflamed for between 24-48 hours after treatment. Results are visible as the area heals but to achieve best results 2-3 initial treatments are recommended. Following this, a yearly maintenance schedule may be required to maintain results.
As a multi-platform device, the Venus Versa combines both IPL (intense pulsed light) and laser technology.
It has the option of several multipolar settings, including radiofrequency, as well as IPL for the treatment of various skin conditions. With so many options, the device can target energy to all layers of the skin (either just under the surface or deeper layers) to treat a variety of skin conditions.
There are very few complications. All laser treatments are completed by the doctors and trained professionals at Samara medical and cosmetic clinics, but discuss any queries with Dr Sam at your initial consultation.
Fraxel is a non-ablative fractional laser used to treat ageing and damaged skin. Non-ablative means that the laser can repair the skin and improve pigmentation and texture without causing injury to the skin’s surface. This procedure treats the skin in microscopic treatment zones allowing for a much faster healing time.
Treatment is effective for almost all areas of the face and the body, but Fraxel is particularly suited for:
- sun damaged skin
- tone and textural irregularities
- mild to moderate wrinkles
- actinic keratosis
Your initial consultation with Dr Sam and the Samara medical and cosmetic clinics’ experienced and qualified staff will ensure the treatment is suitable for you and your desired outcome.
Prior to the treatment, the area is numbed and thoroughly cleaned. The laser is then passed over the treatment area, along with topical cooling air for your comfort. Patients sometimes experience a mild prickling sensation during the procedure, which usually takes between 15-25 minutes.
Results can be clearly seen within a few days after treatment and the treated area will continue to improve for up to 6 months. The results will last for a minimum of 12 months, when it’s generally recommended to have further treatment.
Fraxel uses thousands of tiny laser beams to penetrate into the middle layer of the skin and helps to stimulate the production of the body’s natural collagen, while repairing damaged tissue.
The procedure uses two different wavelengths depending on the area to be treated. 1550nm wavelength uses an erbium fibre and penetrates deeply into the skin for effective treatment of deep lines and scarring. 1927nm wavelength uses a thulium fibre, doesn’t penetrate as deeply and is best suited for repairing skin texture and tone.
Fraxel non-ablative laser treatment is a safe and effective way to improve damaged skin. As with all lasers, Fraxel is a medical grade laser and should only be used by a trained physician. Working with Dr Sam, the initial consultation will ensure you receive the correct procedure for your desired outcome. For a few days after treatment the skin can be red and inflamed, but this is part of the healing process and is not considered a complication. Dr Sam and his team are available to talk you through any of your questions or concerns.
Your consultation will provide you with all you need to know about the treatment and the number of treatments required for your desired outcome.
|Q Switch Pico per area||$199|
|CO2 per area||$299|
|Non- Ablative rejuvenation||$239|
|Pulsed Dye per treatment ( Vascular)||$239|
|Venus Versa per treatment||$410|
|Fraxel Laser per treatment||$798|
|Tattoo Removal ( credit card size)||$180|
|Mole Removal (<6 small)||$440|