We can’t undo time, but we can improve our appearance and feel more confident in ourselves with cosmetic treatments, including laser treatments. As dermatologists, our doctors are specially trained to identify and treat many of the concerns related to skin damage such as acne scarring or ageing, with a range of great solutions to minimize the appearance of blemishes. Many of our treatments use specific lasers.
With over 20 different lasers, we are able to choose which technology will give you the best results, whether it be laser hair removal or minimising the effect and improving your skin after acne scarring.
Laser treatments at our Melbourne clinic:
- Blood vessel treatments
- Facial rejuvenation
- Hair removal
- Tattoo removal
- Toenail fungus
- Vaginal rejuvenation
- Laser wrinkle treatments
How we treat blood vessels using laser treatments
Blood vessels respond very well to laser treatments because the premise behind the laser is that it targets different frequencies, which colour is. This means dark-coloured blood vessels in lighter coloured skin can be easily targeted by frequency matching.
Blood vessels can be made to disappear by having a laser beam aimed at them through the skin, so the blood vessel shrinks and is destroyed, to be reabsorbed by the body. This is really useful in conditions like rosacea or conditions that cause blood vessels to appear on the surface or near the surface of the skin.
Blood vessel conditions that we treat using lasers include visible capillaries from sun damage, trauma, hormones, steroids, ageing, alcohol, smoking, and any genetic factors that thwart your complexion.
We use the Excel V laser to treat rosacea, facial telangiectasia, port-wine stains, cherry haemangiomas (Campbell De Morgan spots), venous lakes, bruising, and pigmentation. Some melasma may have a vascular element to it that can be treated using laser.
Laser facial rejuvenation in Melbourne
Lasers can be used in several ways to rejuvenate facial skin. Laser facial rejuvenation can be done via ablation, which takes off the top few layers of skin to reveal fresh skin underneath, or by targeting wrinkles and stimulating collagen and elastin production to help fill in wrinkles, or both.
Some laser facial rejuvenation treatments in Melbourne are quite extensive and have a lot of downtime, but provide excellent results. Others refresh your complexion and the redness is resolved within a few hours.
Laser wrinkle treatments in Melbourne
Laser wrinkle treatments can be an excellent way to combat the signs of ageing head on by mild or heavy ablation plus the collagen stimulating impact of the lasers. Damaging the skin via the laser results in the healing action of your skin triggering collagen and elastin production to heal the skin. This means less wrinkles for you.
Laser hair removal in Melbourne
Laser hair removal has become the gold standard in permanent or semi-permanent hair removal strategies, particularly for those with darker hair and lighter skin, but we cater to those with darker skin tones too with our special laser.
The laser procedure is quite straightforward – the hair shaft is targeted, which damages the pore or hair follicle so it is no longer able to produce a hair. This results in a permanent hair removal solution. For permanent laser hair removal, we use the Apogee Elite laser.
The Apogee Elite laser is a versatile dual-wavelength hair removal laser that performs well on both dark and light skin tones.
Laser tattoo removal in Melbourne
Laser tattoo removal in Melbourne is now only a stone’s throw from any main centre, but not all lasers are created equal. In fact, most Melbourne operators are using machines that cost about $12,000 and may not be suitable for the job, whereas at Enrich, we are using a tattoo-removal laser that cost $150,000. This machine (the PiQ04) is one of just a few in Australia, and it is superior because it covers all tattoo ink colours, causes less pain, and removes tattoo ink nearly twice as fast as other lasers.
Laser toenail fungus removal in Melbourne
Removing toenail fungus with lasers is relatively new, but a very effective method of removing toenail fungus permanently.
To remove toenail fungus, we use the GenesisPlus to remove the nail infection that can prove stubborn and resistant to treatment.
Laser vaginal rejuvenation treatments in Melbourne
We use a two-pronged approach to vaginal rejuvenation.
The Juliet laser – the more advanced version of the Mona Lisa – is used with great results in vaginal tightening treatments. It stimulates the cells that produce collagen and elastin in the vagina, causing a tightening effect that not only happens immediately, but develops and lasts for a year or so. We use this treatment as part of our Intimate Program in Melbourne, with the combination we’ve found the most effective for vaginal rejuvenation the Juliet laser with the very effective ThermiVa, which penetrates deeper in the pelvic tissue.
Microdermabrasion lasers in Melbourne
Microdermabrasion is performed using the Asclepion Erbium laser. This laser can be used in a minimally ablative (abrasive) way for short, no-downtime laser treatments to polish and smooth skin. It also stimulates collagen production, so improves skin texture. This laser is also very useful for hand, neck and facial rejuvenation.
Typically this laser facial rejuvenation treatment removes the top layer of skin, and polishes and smooths the underlying layers, while causing skin tightening and firming to occur over the coming weeks and months. This is an excellent treatment for improving texture and tone.
Laser facial rejuvenation can address sun damage (photoaging), fine lines, and mild acne scarring or surface imperfections.
Laser skin resurfacing in Melbourne
We use the UltraPulse CO2 laser for skin resurfacing. This laser uses fractional technology to produce a superior result with less risk and downtime than some other options and other CO2 lasers. Tiny columns of laser energy leave part of the skin intact so as to speed up healing and recovery.
We use the UltraPulse to treat:
- Acne scars
- Lax/saggy skin
- Skin tone and texture
- Skin growths like seborrheic keratosis and syringomas
- Skin on the neck, back, and décolletage
Laser skin-tightening treatments for fine lines and wrinkles using the Portrait
The Portrait laser is a new plasma energy laser that works both on top of and below the surface of the skin. New skin cells are generated, and more collagen is produced. The Portrait is very useful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, but its best feature is its ability to dramatically increase skin elasticity. The Portrait can cause a visible lifting over the upper and lower eyelids, nasolabial folds, and the jawline. This improvement continues to be seen over the coming six to twelve months post-treatment.
Different types of cosmetic lasers
There are a significant variance in cosmetic lasers, and they are updated all the time to provide better results for specific conditions. This is why having a cosmetic dermatologist with a variety of up-to-date technology matters – there are often better (read: faster, less side-effects) ways to go about certain dermatological tasks.
Lasers work by penetrating a specific colour (frequency) in the skin with a wave of light. This wave of light has an impact on the specific colour that it hits, for example destroying a blood vessel under the skin, a patch of pigment, or a scar. These cells are then reabsorbed by the body, and disappear from our skin.
Lasers use our natural healing process to remove the ‘bits’, but they can also work in an ablative manner, which means removing the top layers of skin to reveal the smooth skin underneath. A laser can be targeted on anything we choose, with a variety of strengths so it is precise. Lasers can also be used to target collagen-producing cells.
How we differentiate between lasers
Each laser is distinguished by the wavelength it produces and how it is set up to deliver its laser beam.
Ablative vs non-ablative lasers
The ablative laser hits the surface of the skin and causes what’s known as a ‘micro-wound’. The old cell is ‘healed’ off the skin, and new fresh skin is revealed. The degree of ablation differs between treatments and lasers.
A non-ablative laser does not affect the surface skin, with the beam going into the skin to find another target. All other skin besides the target tissue is safe. Non-ablative laser treatments are often easy to recover from (hours), whereas ablative lasers cause ‘wounds’, and thus recovery takes about a week.
A fractional laser uses tiny pinpoints on the skin instead of a sweeping motion, like an ablative or non-ablative laser. This means far less damage to tissue, and faster recovery times. Some fractional lasers are excellent for gentle laser resurfacing for fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage or melasma pigmentation. It can also be used as a general anti-ageing laser treatment. Fraxel is a specific technology that is used for more aggressive laser resurfacing.
This type of laser passed through a green gemstone to create the specific frequency that targets red, so is very useful for treating blood vessels, tattoo removal and sometimes laser hair removal.
A CO2 laser is an ablative laser with a gas component added to generate the infrared light, typically used for laser skin resurfacing.
Erbium uses a specific type of white metal to force the infrared laser, often used in scarring and laser skin resurfacing.
IPL (intense pulsed light) lasers can penetrate red and brown pigments, which is useful for treating pigmentation and blood vessels. The beam tends to be broad, which is why IPL lasers are not suggested for removing tattoos (despite them being able to, in a sense).
Nd: yag lasers
The Nd:yag laser uses a crystal to create its almost-infrared light, typically used for brown pigmentation, laser hair removal, and tattoo removal.
Pulsed dye lasers
A pulsed dye laser uses yellow frequencies to penetrate red pigment. This is very useful when treating red acne scars or blood vessels.
A q-switched laser uses short bursts of intense light, and is most often used for tattoo removal and pigmentation. It works almost twice as fast as regular lasers, because it breaks up the pigment or ink into smaller pieces using more force, but for a shorter burst of time, resulting in less damage to nearby tissue. Recovery time is thus faster and the treatment less uncomfortable.
The picosecond laser uses much the same system as the q-switched laser, with short pulses of intense light.
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