1927 (1927nm) laser

This particular laser treatment is used primarily to treat irregular pigmentation and improve the overall tone of the skin, creating a smoother, more even effect.

The 1927 laser is a fantastic option for those looking for rejuvenation, and can be used on parts of the body such as the face, hands and decolletage.

Treatment

The 1927 laser doesn’t break the skin, so is a non-invasive cosmetic option for skin rejuvenation.

It can take anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how many areas are the focus in the session. For example, full face laser treatment with the 1927 can take up to 45 minutes, depending on the individual.

In advance of the treatment itself, a local anaesthetic cream is required. You will need to arrive 40 minutes prior to your laser appointment, to ensure the anaesthetic will have maximum effect.

What will I experience?

Immediately after treatment, you will have some redness across the areas treated.

Over the coming three to five days, the targeted skin will become darker and then peel. In general, we find the peeling process is complete seven days after treatment.

NB. If you have ever had cold sores, it’s recommended you take preventative medication to ensure no breakouts occur during the recovery period.

Post-operative care

There are four basic steps to follow after you have had 1927 that will ensure you receive the maximum result from your treatment. These are:

- Avoid strong sunlight for seven days following the procedure
- Apply cool compresses to targeted skin for the first several hours
- Don’t apply heavy makeup for 24-48 hours (if necessary to apply make-up, it can be used when and only when peeling is complete)
- Don’t exfoliate the skin after treatment

After 10 - 14 days, normal skin care products can be applied.

NB: if you have been prescribed cold sore tablets, they should be continued for a minimum of four days AFTER this procedure.

If you would like more information on the treatment, pricing or to make an appointment, please phone us at The Skin Centre on (07) 5597 7170 or email [email protected]

1064 (ND Yag) laser

This is one of the more common laser treatments, and is excellent for a variety of applications. The 1064 laser is highly effective for:

  • Venous lakes (are soft, compressible papules generally found on sun-exposed surfaces on the border of the lip, face and ears. They appear dark blue to violet in colour, and can be anywhere from 0.2-1cm in diameter)

  • Larger spider veins of the face (these are likened to mini versions of varicose veins)

  • Melasma (tan or dark skin discoloration that is common, that pregnant women are particularly prone to)

  • Onychomycosis (fungal nail infections)

Treatment

What to expect from treatments with the 1064 laser will vary depending on the reason you are having the procedure.

This laser doesn’t break the skin, and can be a very quick procedure for treating individual venous lakes.

If you undertake this treatment for fungal nail infections, the time taken will vary depending on the affected areas. In general, to treat all nails, it takes approximately 15 minutes.

What to expect after treatment

The 1064 is a fantastic treatment that doesn’t involve much downtime. If treating venous lakes, you can expect a two to three day recovery period, and for fungal infections of the feet there is no downtime.

If treating venous lakes and spider veins, you will experience some bruising in the target areas. In addition, for large lesions (venous lakes) in many cases will require a second treatment at a separate time to avoid unwanted skin damage.

If used for melasma treatment, there is no discomfort or downtime.

Post-operative care

With this laser treatment, targeted areas can be covered with make up after the procedure.

It’s also best to avoid traumatising the targeted areas during the first week after the procedure. Meaning no harsh exfoliation, scrubbing, excess sun exposure or other such activities. By being diligent with your post-op care, you will achieve highly desirable results from your procedure.

If you would like more information on the treatment, pricing or to make an appointment, please phone us at The Skin Centre on (07) 5597 7170 or email [email protected]

 

V-beam (pulse dye laser - 595nm)

 

This laser treatment emits a light wavelength of 595nm, attracting it to oxyhaemoglobin (blood) and melanin (skin pigment).

V-beam is excellent for for treating a variety of conditions including:

  1. select birthmarks: red birthmarks (port wine stain), hemangiomas (strawberry naevi) and cherry angiomas (campbell de morgan spots).

  2. Other vascular conditions: broken capillaries and rosacea

  3. Skin pigmentation: sun spots, freckles and pigmented birth marks (cafe-au-lait macules)

  4. Reducing redness and size of: stretch marks and scars

  5. Treating some forms of acne.

Treatment

Despite the various reasons you might be having treatment with the V-beam laser, there are some basics to expect.

The procedure doesn’t break the skin, and there is no after care required. In general, the treatment time is quite quick (anywhere between 5 - 20 minutes depending).

If you are having the procedure for large birthmarks and hemangiomas (strawberry naevi), you can expect to have multiple treatments to ensure the desired result is achieved. Usually the number of required treatments can be better estimated after the first few treatments. Small strawberry naevi may only require one treatment. Immediate bruising is normal for vascular treatments.

If the V-beam is targeting hemangiomas (strawberry naevi), keep in mind the treatment is far more effective on younger individuals. These naevi rapidly grow during the early stages of childhood, so best results are achieved in patients as young as possible.

Post-operative care

As indicated above, the V-beam laser doesn't require any after care, unlike other laser treatments. Care should be taken not to stress the treated areas with any cleansing process. Keep the treated area out of sunlight until all the bruising fades. Then protect with a good sunscreen.

You can expect some bruising after treatment, generally lasting 7 to 10 days.

If you would like more information on the treatment, pricing or to make an appointment, please phone us at The Skin Centre on (07) 5597 7170 or email [email protected]

Fractionated CO2 (10600nm) laser

 

The fractionated CO2 laser emits a wavelength of 10600nm, and is an excellent laser resurfacing tool that produces dramatic improvements.

It is a cosmetic treatment targeting skin tightening, acne scarring, and congenital naevi (mole-like in appearance).

Unlike other laser treatments offered at The Skin Centre, the fractionated C02 is a more aggressive laser treatment that requires a longer period of time for the procedure, and detailed postoperative care. At the same time, the results from this treatment are astounding. You will see a dramatic improvement in your appearance.

Treatment

The procedure can take up to 40 minutes and it will break the skin, unlike other laser treatments.

Occasionally individuals might also experience what is called ‘pin-point bleeding’ immediately after the procedure. This is where tiny blood spots occur from the laser. This will only last a few minutes if it occurs at all.

Post-operative care

As indicated above, after having the fractionated C02 laser, there a large amount of care required after a procedure.

The downtime is quite long, between the day of the treatment and the end result. Initially you will experience weeping skin with redness, then the treated area will progress to to more intense redness with some swelling. The area usually heals after five days, which is when make-up can be used to cover the remaining redness.

After 14 days, this the redness will have faded to a very slight pink, which will require minimal to no covering up. It's at this point you can see your result, with the treatment producing a fantastic result.

You will need to bathe the treated area three to four times daily while it is at the weeping stage. Use the recommended application by your doctor to ensure the skin doesn’t dry out.

It’s very important to avoid direct sunlight until you are healed, and not to apply makeup on the area for at least five days.

If the treated area becomes more inflamed and tender, see your doctor immediately as you may require antibiotics.

NB. If you have ever had cold sores you will need to take preventative medication to ensure no breakouts occur during the recovery period.

If you would like more information on the treatment, pricing or to make an appointment, please phone us at The Skin Centre on (07) 5597 7170 or email [email protected]

Fractionated Erbium Glass (1550nm) laser

 

The Fractionated Erbium Glass is gentler than traditional resurfacing lasers, so multiple treatments are usually required to achieve the desired outcome.

The primary effect of this laser is the micro thermal stimulation of the dermis (the second layer of the skin), inducing your body to remodel and form new collagen and elastin, which results in tighter, fresher, more youthful-looking skin. The resultant remodelling or toning evens out scars, wrinkles and improves stretch marks. 

Treatment

The skin is not broken during the procedure, and requires minimal downtime. The only after effect is a light pinkness to the treated areas. The redness is often gone be the next day. For stronger treatments a second day is required for the redness to dissipate. By day four, a fine sandpaper feeling is usually felt over the skin. This roughness is usually gone by day 7 to 10. While waiting for the skin to return to normal colour, it's best to avoid direct sunlight.

Because the treatment is so precise, the laser columns target only a fraction of skin at a time, leaving the surrounding tissue intact. This allows your body to heal the skin much faster than if the entire area were treated at once.

With the Erbium Glass laser, the improvement from treatment doesn’t occur immediately, but rather over several months.

If you are wanting scars evened out and they are more severe in nature, the Erbium Yag laser or the CO2 lasers are used. These lasers have a more prolonged redness of the face after treatment, however are more effective on severe scarring per treatment cycle.

Post-operative care

As mentioned above, this is a gentle treatment that requires no downtime.

In most cases, you can have this treatment and go back to work the next day, which is quite convenient.

After your first treatment, you can assess the results with your consulting doctor, and determine the next course of action. Generally you can expect to need at least 3-4 sessions for optimal results.

If you would like more information on the treatment, pricing or to make an appointment, please phone us at The Skin Centre on (07) 5597 7170 or email [email protected]

Ablative Erbium (2940nm) laser

 

The Ablative Erbium laser is an effective treatment for a variety of conditions. It’s excellent in treating select birthmarks, skin tags, thickened age spots, rhinophyma (an affliction of the nose causing a large, bulbous appearance) and it is also excellent for lip resurfacing.

Treatment

Unlike some laser procedures, the Ablative Erbium laser breaks the skin during treatment, so anaesthetic cream is applied prior to starting (approximately 60 minutes prior for maximum effect). The procedure itself takes around the same time, between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the area size being treated.

Post-operative care

As a result of the break in the skin, a more detailed postoperative care regime is needed, to ensure the best possible result is achieved.

Daily bathing with salty water, and application of the product recommended by your consulting doctor to prevent the skin from drying out is important.

If your laser treatment was for the lips or large areas, downtime can be up to two weeks. For individual areas targeted during treatment, dressings can be applied initially if desired, to cover the inflamed area, and after a period of time once the skin has healed fully, make-up can be applied.

NB. If you have ever had cold sores you will need to take preventative medication to ensure no breakouts occur during the recovery period.

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