Which laser skin treatment is right for you?
At ME Clinic, we’re continuing to see the growing popularity of laser skin treatments—and for good reason. Not only are laser skin treatments quick, with most sessions performed in a matter of only minutes, they are also non-invasive (or only minimally invasive) and can be highly effective at treating a long list of skin problems.
With so many laser treatments on the market, it can be hard to know which will be most effective at treating your skin condition. While nothing can compare to having a personal assessment from one of our experienced aestheticians, here is a run-down of the laser treatments that are likely to achieve the best results for a range of common skin issues.
Issue #1: Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation (dark patches or discolouration on the skin) is a common condition caused by an overproduction of melanin in the skin, which is usually triggered by sun exposure or hormonal fluctuations. Hyperpigmentation can be classified as either epidermal (superficial), dermal (deep) or mixed—the classification will help determine which type of treatment is likely to be the most effective.
While there are a number of ways you can treat hyperpigmentation including topical creams, cosmetic peels, vitamin A retinoids or microdermabrasion, laser skin treatments can also work wonders.
Aura Laser can be a good option to target superficial hyper-pigmentation. The light from the Aura laser is easily absorbed by the dark pigment in the skin, generating heat which eliminates pigment while also treating other conditions including freckles and dark moles.
YAG Laser is another effective laser skin treatment that can target pigmentation at a deeper level. It is generally suitable for patients with fair to olive skin, but may not be as effective on patients with darker skin pigment. As a deeper level treatment, it’s likely the recovery following each session will take slightly longer than it would following superficial treatment.
Issue #2: Uneven skin tone
If you’re in need of a way to improve your skin tone and achieve smoother, more radiant and glowing skin, Laser Genesis is ideal. By heating the upper dermis below the skin’s surface, the treatment helps to stimulate collagen production while smoothing out uneven skin textures and dilating capillaries to reduce redness.
As a gentle treatment that can be performed quickly, a key benefit of Laser Genesis is that it doesn’t require any downtime, however, the effects of each treatment are subtle so you may require several treatments to realise the full effect.
Issue #3: Acne and scarring
Acne and acne scars are an issue for many of us, but there’s no reason to go on suffering from either condition.
If you haven’t had any luck treating your acne with medication alone, Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) could provide the answer you’ve been searching for. PDT can be used in conjunction with a topically applied medication such as Alfa Levulinic Acid (ALA) to target active acne. The light emitted by the PDT laser works to activate the medication to eliminate diseased or damaged skin without affecting normal skin cells.
If you also suffer from acne scarring, treatment using Fraxel Laser could also be beneficial. The Fraxel laser emits thousands of minuscule laser beams into the middle layer of skin to break up the scar tissue, remove damaged cells and encouraging the regrowth of fresh healthy skin. While you will most likely require a local anaesthetic during treatment and a full recovery can take up to a week, it can achieve excellent results.
Issue #4: Capillaries and redness
In addition to treating hyperpigmentation, YAG Laser is also highly effective at treating capillaries and skin redness. By targeting the red pigment in red blood cells in your capillaries and spider veins, the treatment works to eliminate the issue at the core by causing the blood vessel to collapse and dissolve, while minimising damage to surrounding tissues. While you won’t notice the result immediately, you should notice a significant improvement after several weeks.
Issue #5: Sun damage
The harsh Australian sun is possibly the number one perpetrator causing skin damage and premature skin ageing among our patients. After years of sun exposure, the DNA in your skin cells becomes damaged and is unable to replace itself naturally and it is common to notice abnormal discolouration, brown spots and patches, crusty skin, small blood vessels and redness to appear.
If you’re looking for a way to undo the damage, Intense Pulse Light (IPL) laser treatments are generally the best way to do it. Depending on your individual condition, we can use either an Alma Harmony, Cutera Limelight or Cutera ProWave device to treat problem skin and reveal more youthful and even skin. IPL treatment can also be highly effective when used in conjunction with PDT.
Issue #6: Fine lines and wrinkles
While skin ageing is inevitable, laser treatments such as Erbium Laser cosmetic surgery can dramatically slow down or even reverse the process.
If you’re starting to notice a few fine lines and wrinkles appearing, Erbium Laser provides a way to restore softer, smoother, more youthful looking skin. It’s only minimally invasive and because it works at a lower temperature than other similar treatments, it won’t cause as much damage to surrounding tissue, resulting in a shorter recovery and only minimal downtime.
Issue #7: Deep lines and wrinkles
If your lines and wrinkles are more prominent, Co2 Laser cosmetic surgery may be the most suitable option.
Effective at treating deeper lines and wrinkles around the eyes, lips, forehead and cheeks, while also rejuvenating skin with severe skin ageing, sun damage and scars, the Co2 laser has the ability to treat the skin at a much deeper level than other laser treatments. In addition, the Co2 laser also produces more residual thermal activity to stimulate the increased production of collagen, earning it the title as the gold standard in laser cosmetic surgery.