Ablative lasers are one of the most effective tools available in cosmetic medicine, and are able to improve the appearance of aging skin and remove unwanted lumps and bumps on the skin’s surface.
Ablative lasers target water and can be used to vapourise the superficial layers of skin. The hair follicles, which track deep into the dermis, are not damaged during an ablative laser procedure, so they allow recovery and rejuvenation of the skin.
Ablative lasers, such as the Erbium and the CO2 lasers, can be used to remove the outer layers of aged or damaged skin and vaporise textural abnormalities. In addition, the lasers heat the underlying dermis, causing collagen fibres to contract and stimulating new collagen growth.
The new skin that forms is smoother and tighter, wrinkles are decreased, unwanted pigmentation is reduced and precancerous cells removed.
These lasers can be used to treat :
- Fine to moderate wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone and age spots
- Sundamaged skin
- Scars, including acne, chicken pox and surgical
- Benign skin tumours
- Fleshy birth marks
Patients interested in being treated with ablative lasers are requested to consult with our dermatologist, Dr Terence Poon, who will discuss your cosmetic goals, assess your skin and discuss your medical history. He can then determine whether ablative laser treatments are the best option for you.
Smaller procedures may be performed on the day of this first consultation with Dr Poon. However, larger procedures may require pre-operative preparation. Patients should also select a treatment day which allows a couple of days without important events or appointments, at which they desire to look their best.
Treatment with ablative lasers
The laser feels like an elastic band flicking against your skin. Pain relief is tailored to the size and extent of the procedure, and to the pain tolerance of the patient. It can include a topical numbing cream (Emla) or oral analgesic pain relief.
Treatment time also depends on the size of the area being treated, If Emla is being used, patients should allow a further 30-45 minutes.
Recovery from ablative laser treatment
Recovery times can vary depending on the size of the area being treated and it’s location. Faces heal much more quickly than other parts of the body.
Immediately after your treatment, patients can expect the treated area of the skin to look raw and oozy. We advise the use of an ointment on the raw patches. After a few days of healing, you should be able to return to your normal skin care routine.
What to do if you’re interested in ablative laser treatment
If you are interested in discussing whether treatment with the ablative lasers is right for you, please call our Clinic and schedule an appointment with our Dermatologist, on (02) 9953 9522.