Laser Treatment

Laser skin resurfacing is the common procedure done in the aesthetic field to enhance the collagen induction and skin rejuvenation. Laser is safe and effectively used in skin rejuvenation, hair removal, other cosmetic and medical conditions.

WHAT SKIN CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED WITH LASER?

  • Freckles, pigmentation, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
  • Scars – acne scar, post-surgical scar, wound scar, stretch marks
  • Veins -Telangiectasia, facial veins, rosacea, angiomas (blood spots), birth marks
  • Skin rejuvenation – including Intra-oral rejuvenation of the mid and lower face, even complexion of the face,
  • Laser genesis
  • Medical conditions: Seborrheic keratosis (barnacles), nail fungal infection, warts

WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED?

Laser can be used to treat any areas but most commonly face, neck, decolletage, torso, back of hands, toenail.

LASER GENESIS:

Laser genesis is a non-ablative laser, non-invasive treatment, which results in increased collagen production, it helps in reducing the blemishes by treating the small vessels, gives you radiant, plump and youthful skin and reduces the pore size. It improves the overall skin tone and texture and treats fine lines.

You will need upto 6 sessions, however based on the skin condition and concerns the treatment session may vary.

ERBIUM LASER (ABLATIVE LASER)

Erbium laser is a heat-based energy device, which ablates and removes the superficial layer of the skin by heating up the water molecules which results in skin remodelling by using the bodies healing process.

Ablative laser is used to resurface skin and enhances skin tightening, removes pigmented lesion (raised and flat lesions).

Erbium laser has a down time of 5 to 7 days to recover and may leave your skin looking red and angry for up to 2 weeks.

Laser might trigger the cold sores and hence you need to notify your doctor prior to the treatment to consider for prophylactic antiviral medication.

You doctor may prescribe for pigment lightening tropical cream like retinoids, hydroquinone and vitamin C to minimise the risk of hyper pigmentation.

VASCUALR LASER:

Vascular laser is non ablative laser and less aggressive but needs at least 3 to 6 sessions to achieve the desired aesthetic goal. It is used to treat rosacea, acne, collagen induction by laser genesis.

Vascular laser is commonly used to treat facial and leg veins, cherry spots (angioma), poikiloderma of civatte (sun damaged red rash around the neck), laser genesis to enhance glowing skin, hair removal and few other dermatological conditions.

Minimal downtime and used safely on most of the skin types and has the usual adverse effects as any other laser treatment.

HAIR REMOVAL:

Hair removal laser treatment is safe, effective, very quick, permanent hair reduction with minimal down time.

It targets dark hair (pigmented hair) and the hair follicle in the anagen phase for permanent removal. It is not effective on grey, blonde or red hair.

You may need 8 to 12 sessions to achieve the results.

Shave the area that needs to be treated at least 24 hrs before laser treatment.

POTENTIAL ADVERSE EVENTS AND RISKS:

All medical procedures involve risk to some degree and it is important before undergoing any procedure that every patient is aware of the potential benefits and risk.

Clinical results vary depending on the skin type, amount of sun damage, existing medical conditions, current smoking status and compliance with pre and post treatment skin care.

The following complications that may occur.

  • Discomfort and pain: during and after the treatment, usually like a rubber band snap during treatment.
    • It can be lessened by application of topical numbing cream.
    • Application of ice pack for 24 to 48 hrs.
    • Paracetamol before and after treatment if needed.
    • Application of gentle cleanser and moisturising cream
  • Bruising and haemorrhage in the treated area especially if taking blood thinners/ aspirin / fish oil.
  • Pigment changes: lighter or darker skin usually temporary but very rarely can be permanent.
  • Infection very rare but it is a possibility.
  • Blindness and eye damage: any laser should not be done without proper protective eyewear.
  • Recurrence of the lesion due to resistant pigments

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE LASER?

  • Avoid sun exposure couple of weeks before and after the procedure.
  • Avoid any cosmeceutical cream on that day, but apply sunscreen cream as needed.
  • Avoid Vitamin A topical cream and prescribed skin cream for a week before the treatment.
  • Shave the area that needs to be treated at least 24 hrs prior to the laser treatment to minimise injury to skin as advised by the treating doctor.
  • A topical anaesthetic may be applied if necessary.
  • Treatment sessions usually last about 30 minutes but vary depending on the type of treatment.

AFTER CARE GUIDE?

  • Avoid direct sun exposure after treatment for up to 4 weeks.
  • You can return to outdoor activities provided applying appropriate sunscreen application (at least SPF 30+, prefer SPF 50 +)
  • Keep your skin well hydrated as it has significant impact on the outcome.
  • Use non irritating moisturiser (skin sensitive) to maintain the skin hydration.
  • Avoid scratching, rubbing or further damage to the treatment site – it can increase the risk of infection, scarring and impact on the outcome.
  • Avoid exfoliants.
  • Please feel free to call our team if you have any concern or adverse events.

Dr Narayan is a Cosmetic doctor, with special interest in the Skin and Hair rejuvenation. He uses the latest technology and high-quality equipment and products; client centred and provide individualised treatment with high standard of care.

We will book an appointment with Dr Narayan for a consultation to discuss about your concerns, medical health condition and assess the suitability for the treatment to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome.

Please feel free to ask if you have any concerns before leaving the consultation / treatment room.

We will book you for follow up consultation to assess the response to treatment if need or our staff will give a courtesy call to make sure you are doing well.

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