Laser Techniques and Treatments

Safety and effectiveness

Q: Obviously not just any beautician can perform the procedure. How do people go about finding the right person for the job? Why do they need to be so cautious?

A: It is preferable that the person who performs the treatment has a medical background and the appropriate training and experience. If the person is not fully trained and qualified with an in depth understanding of assessing different skin types (i.e. Caucasian vs. Indian vs. Asian) as well as understanding the fundamental physics of the machine, people can be left with marks on their skin.

Every skin type responds differently to different lasers and settings. On the other hand, an untrained user may also be under-treating the skin, causing the patient to have excessive numbers of treatments with less than optimal results while costing a lot more.

With the proper use of the technology the average number of treatments with BBL is around 3. I have seen many patients go to less experienced operators who have had 12 treatments with very minimal improvement in their skin. The machines can vary from $30,000 to $200,000. The less expensive machines are very basic with few variations in settings and parameters. As a result they are limited in using them on all different skin types, increasing the risk of marks on the skin. They also are generally less effective in safely delivering results.

Also check out the benefits of the Excel V Laser Erbium Laser and the Profractional Laser.


BBL Sciton Laser

Q. The latest BBL treatment, what does it involve and why is it better than other treatments such as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)?

A. The BBL is a new advanced treatment for sun damage, facial capillaries, redness, pigmentation and general skin rejuvenation. The treatments also improve the general skin texture as an added value - with reduction in pore size.

Any area of the body can be treated including the neck, chest and hands. Finally a safe effective treatment that can treat sun damaged hands necks and chests, removing sun damage, broken capillaries and brown age spots.

The treatments are very quick, safe and highly effective with minimal downtime. In contrast to other technology (i.e. IPL) fewer treatments are required (2-3 compared with 5-6). The treatments are much less painful due to the physics of the machine as well as the sapphire cooling plate that cools the skin while the treatments are performed. This not only minimizes discomfort but also allows higher energies to be used and therefore greater results. The cooling mechanism combined with the variable pulse width and energy means we can also customize the treatments to suit and treat all skin types. Other technology does not allow as much variability in the settings of the machines and therefore are not necessarily suited to treating a wide variety of skin types.

The treatment initially involves applying an anesthetic cream to the area for 20-30 minutes. The actual treatment lasts anywhere between 10 -20 minutes depending on how many areas are being treated (ten minutes for a face, 15-20 for face neck and chest). After the treatment the skin feels a little warm and ice packs are applied for 15-20 minutes. The warm feeling is usually gone after 30 minutes. At this point the skin is a little red, the majority if the redness is gone by the next day. Makeup can be worn straight away. The brown spots and pigmentation go darker and gradually fade out of the skin over a week.
There is no breaking or peeling of the skin. Treatments are performed 3-4 weeks apart.

Q: How popular has the new BBL treatment been?

A: Extremely!! I have never advertised, as the results speak for themselves. People come in to have one area treated and are so impressed they then have multiple areas done. Several patients have 'BBLed' their whole bodies.

Q: Does the BBL also help skin conditions? How often are people coming in for these reasons?

A: Medical conditions and medical problems can also be helped by the BBL. I have treated red scars from skin cancer surgery on the face very effectively with BBL. BBL is also used to treat rosacea. Not only does it improve the look of the skin by removing the redness and capillaries, it also reduces the sensitivity of the skin that many rosacea patients suffer from.

People with rosacea and redness prone skin usually have 3-4 treatments a month apart. For certain treatments a Medicare rebate can apply. Usually 2-3 sessions are required. Sometimes one is enough.
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