In a harsh climate like Australia’s, unsightly blood vessels and vascular blemishes are very common yet are remarkably easy to treat with medical lasers.
Suitable conditions for laser treatment include:
How does the laser treatment work?
Skin Temple use 4 different types of medical lasers for the treatment of vascular blemishes. The diffuse background redness of rosacea and a ruddy complexion is best treated with a combination of the IPL (intensed pulsed light) and Genesis lasers, while individual dilated capillaries and haemangiomas respond best to the CoolGlide or Diolite laser system. These lasers specifically target the red colour of the blood vessels, without damaging any surrounding structures and are very very popular.
Laser light will not cause skin cancer because the light has had all harmful and unnecessary wavelengths (including UV light) removed, to leave only the wavelength required for selective treatment of the target lesion. It is perfectly safe for pregnant women and children.
Does it hurt?
The concentrated light beam can be felt on the skin’s surface but is largely tolerated as a minor stinging or warmth sensation. Local anaesthetic can be used if necessary, but is rarely needed. Most often, clients describe the Laser Genesis procedure as feeling similar to sitting slightly too close to an open fire..very warm, but not hot enough to cause pain or a burning sensation.
What does a treatment involve?
Treatments vary depending on the condition and choice of laser used. Treatments generally take 20mins, and are a walk in-walk out procedure. Most lasers today incorporate built in cooling for maximal patient comfort. Some laser procedures require the application of gel to the skin, whilst others involve a cooling sterile water spray before, during and after the laser treatment. Safety glasses are worn by all occupants in the room (including visitors) to protect the eyes from the laser beam.
What happens after a treatment?
A cold compress may be applied before and after the procedure to minimise any heat produced. It is then important to avoid using any products which may irritate the treated skin, which remains sensitive for several days after each treatment. Redness will usually only last for up to one day. Some laser treatments (eg the Diolite and Coolglide) may cause some minor crusting of the skin. Do not pick at any crusts formed. It is advisable to sleep on an extra pillow on the first evening following a treatment. Avoid sun exposure to the treated areas especially in the week following the laser treatment.
There may be some temporary redness of the treated area for up to a few days, though in many cases it is only for a few hours. Minor crusting of the area may occasionally occur, as may swelling around the eyes the day after a treatment. It is not normal to expect blistering or scarring. People with olive or brown skin may sometimes experience temporary discolouration of the skin which usually resolves within 4 weeks, especially if reported to Dr Teska immediately.
How many treatments are necessary?
This will depend on the condition being treated. More extensive conditions will usually require a series of treatments one month apart, while simple lesions often resolve after only a single treatment.
Who performs the treatment?
Unlike at many clinics, all laser treatments at Skin Temple are performed only by Dr Teska, who is a trained, experienced medical practitioner. We no longer employ Dermal Therapists for any of our laser or skincare services. Some types of facial redness will be eligible for Medicare rebates. Further information can be gained during your consultation.
Why choose Skin Temple as your service provider?
Skin Temple is owned by an experienced female cosmetic physician, Dr Alicia Teska, with 22years of clinical cosmetic experience, including working with a cosmetic dermatologist. Dr Teska has also completed post-graduate studies in the field of Dermatology, gaining a Certificate in Dermatology from Monash University in 2005. All cosmetic injectable and laser procedures done at Skin Temple are performed only by trained, insured and experienced medical practitioners.