At our clinic in Brisbane, we use lasers to treat a wide range of skin conditions.
In this article, our dermatologists talk about treatments using ablative lasers. They’ll share the insights they’ve gained as aesthetic professionals who have worked extensively with all types of lasers for facial rejuvenation.
Understanding the specific techniques, possible risks and results can help you decide if laser resurfacing is right for you.
At Brisbane Skin, we use both the Sciton Joule Erbium:YAG laser, and the Syneron Candela CO2RE carbon dioxide laser, often in combination, to give you the ideal treatment based on your particular skin concerns.
Brisbane Skin’s Ablative Laser Treatment for Skin Rejuvenation
We understand that skin problems due to factors such as ageing, acne, and sun exposure can have a negative impact on your self-esteem. They can make you feel less confident and keep you from enjoying the best things in life.
Brisbane Skin wants to help. Our suite of lasers provide outstanding solutions for aesthetic and medical skin problems. Each treatment we provide is customised by a dermatologist to your skin needs to bring out your natural beauty, making you look vibrant and fresh.
Call on our skincare experts any time you have a question. It’s our pleasure to answer.
How to Solve 7 Common Skin Problems with Ablative Laser Treatments
Ablative lasers have shown themselves to be invaluable in treating patients with skin problems. Laser skin resurfacing allows us to treat:
1. Fine Lines
2. Moderate wrinkles
3. Acne and chickenpox scars
4. Sun-damaged skin
5. Uneven skin tone
6. Age spots
7. Liver spots
9. Certain skin cancers
Is there anything ablative laser skin resurfacing for facial rejuvenation can’t do? Yes. It can’t correct or remove excess skin, erase deep winkles, or tighten severely sagging skin. Following treatment with ablative laser, and once you have healed, your dermatologist will prescribe a regime of skin care that will maintain the gains that you have made with your treatment.
Sometimes, further treatments may be required in the future, but may not need to be quite as intensive as your first.
Are You a Good Candidate for Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is not appropriate for everyone who visits Brisbane Skin. Our experts meet with each patient to determine whether s/he is a good candidate for the treatment. We do a complete medical history, find out about your lifestyle, and work to get to know you as a person.
During your consultation with our skin care experts, we will discuss your expectations for the results of ablative laser skin resurfacing. Being realistic about what this treatment can accomplish for you is a major factor in success.
Ablative Laser Basics
Ablative laser treatment for skin rejuvenation is widely considered to be one of the most effective skin resurfacing techniques available today. The laser aims an intense wavelength of light on damaged skin and vaporises the outer layers that have been affected by sun, age, and other factors.
In addition to destroying damaged skin, the laser stimulates underlying skin cells to trigger collagen production. The result is a noticeable improvement in facial fine lines and wrinkles. There are two different types of lasers used in facial rejuvenation:
- Ablative lasers – They remove thin layers of the skin’s surface, removing sunspots, evening pigment and enabling fresh skin to form from below.
- Non-ablative lasers – These are non-wounding lasers. They stimulate collagen production and help to renew underlying skin.
Brisbane Skin Compares CO2 Laser Resurfacing vs. Erbium:YAG
Non-ablative laser treatments for skin beauty are less invasive and require less downtime than ablative treatments. They may, however, require multiple treatments to match the results of an ablative treatment. When a patient’s unique circumstances call for the use of ablative laser skin resurfacing, the dermatologists at Brisbane Skin utilise:
- Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Laser Rejuvenation– For years, CO2 laser resurfacing has been the treatment of choice for a range of skin issues, including wrinkles, scars, warts, sunspots and pores, and other conditions. The laser pulses are administered in a scanning pattern, which causes minimal peripheral damage while precisely removing thin layers of skin.
We use the Syneron-Candela CO2RE carbon dioxide laser, one of the latest and most technically advanced CO2 lasers in the industry.
Recovery from this ablative laser facial resurfacing treatment takes up to two weeks.
- Erbium:YAG Laser Treatment – This standard-setting laser allows us to treat surface-level and moderately deep lines. Of particular benefit to our patients is the fact that erbium laser resurfacing causes minimal damage of surrounding tissue. If you have a darker skin tone, erbium laser resurfacing for facial rejuvenation may be more appropriate for you.
At Brisbane Skin, we use the Sciton Joule Erbium-YAG platform, which continues to be a consistent tool for efficient and safe results.
The Erbium: YAG causes less swelling, bruising, and redness than CO2 laser resurfacing, so recovery time may be as short as a week.
Often your dermatologist will combine both the Erbium:YAG and CO2 Lasers in the one sitting, at various settings to tackle individual conditions and regions.
A Snapshot of Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing at Brisbane Skin
Ablative laser skin resurfacing is performed on an outpatient basis at our clinic in Brisbane. When you arrive for your treatment, you skin will be cleaned thoroughly and you will be given protective eye gear. A topical anaesthetic will be used to numb your skin.
If required, you may also be given anaesthetic injections in areas on your face, and sedative injections in your arms. You will not be undergoing general anaesthesia, but may be very sedated and comfortable.
Once you are comfortably numb, your Brisbane Skin doctor will direct the ablative laser’s intense beam of light onto the treatment areas. The light destroys the outer layer of damaged skin (epidermis) while simultaneously heating the underlying skin (dermis), causing collagen fibres to remodel.
An ablative laser skin resurfacing session lasts from 30 minutes to one hour, depending primarily on the size of the treatment area.
When the treatment is complete, most patients remark that their skin is itchy, swollen and raw-looking. In some instances, the treated area might ooze a yellowish liquid. Don’t be alarmed. This is normal. Just make sure you don’t pick at the affected area because it may cause scarring.
Before you go home, the skin care experts at Brisbane Skin will gently and carefully apply a thick ointment to your skin. If appropriate, the area will be covered with a dressing or balaclava. You will be prescribed appropriate painkillers, anti-viral and antibiotic tablets, and will be given a skin care pack to use at home.
While you’re recovering, you will want to keep the treated area clean and apply a protective ointment to advance healing. Your nurse will provide you with detailed after-care instructions.
Side Effects of Ablative Laser Treatment
In the hands of the skin experts at Brisbane Skin, ablative laser skin resurfacing is an effective way to treat visible signs of facial ageing and other problematic skin conditions. However, we always explain to patients who visit our clinic in Brisbane that there are risks involved with both ablative and non-ablative treatments. Some of the most common side effects are:
- Skin colour change
- Scarring (rare)
Many of these complications are pre-empted by effective covering treatments, or treated effectively following the treatment.
Are you self-conscious about acne scars? Do fine lines, wrinkles, and other visible signs of facial ageing make you feel less confident, less attractive, less “you”? Do you have any skin care questions that need answers?
If so, we want to hear from you.
You can reach Brisbane Skin’s team of experts by phone during business hours on 07 3160 3330 or use the contact form on this page to learn what our expert team can do to beautify your skin and refresh your appearance with ablative lasers for skin rejuvenation.