While the market is currently flooded with companies promoting ‘miracle laser treatments’ for everything from hair reduction to hair regrowth to removal of age spots and fine lines, Australia currently has very lax regulation when it comes to these businesses. So just what can be achieved with laser technology? Who can you trust? And how do you go about choosing a safe, qualified, and experienced clinic to perform your desired procedure?
Lasers – A New Frontier Thanks to the advances in laser technology, it is now possible for qualified cosmetic physicians and nurses to perform incredible feats with the right equipment. Here are just a few of the procedures that produce wonderfully reliable, relatively non-invasive, and safe results. Laser Rejuvenation Age is never kind to our skin. As the upper dermis starts to thicken, it can leave our skin looking duller with a pattern of fine wrinkles. Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing, or ‘Laser Rejuvenation’ uses light energy (through highly targeted lasers) to stimulate the production of new collagen, remove surface pigmentation, reduce or eliminate enlarged blood vessels using the skin’s natural restorative powers – and all without damaging the outer layer of skin. This process alone can reduce or eliminate wrinkles, rosacea, age spots, hyper pigmentation and sun damage. Fractionated Lasers Fractionated Lasers create similar results to Non-Ablative Laser resurfacing, only with less invasive and more flawless results. Fractionated lasers use an invisible beam less than one hundred millionths of an inch in diameter to carefully wound the underlying collagen in a highly scientific pattern. The undamaged cells then reproduce naturally to replace these cells and in the process allows the collagen to remodel and tighten. Over the coming three to six months these areas of skin revitalise and reform new youthful, glowing – not to mention wrinkle and blemish free – skin. Laser Liposuction Particularly effective in the neck region, Laser Liposculpture uses targeted laser beams to literally dissolve fat from targeted areas while tightening the area. This led to the creation of the so-called ‘swan lift’, where fatty deposits are dissolved from a sagging or untapered neckline while being tightened to create a sleek more beautiful neck. Laser Hair Removal Perhaps the most popular and widespread application of laser technologies is hair removal. Targetted lasers are used to slowly and systematically destroy the hair follicles without damaging the surrounding skin tissue. After several treatments it is possible to achieve permanent hair loss, as the follicles are destroyed in ever-increasing quantities. The Experts Before undergoing any laser treatments make sure the clinic and specialists operating it are qualified in this field and that they are using the lastest certified equipment. Trying to save money in the short term could mean serious pain in the long time. For the best and safest results, always choose a laser clinic which is being run and operated by qualified doctors and nurses. While there are many people operating these machines in less-qualified clinics, the truth is that if a laser is misused or you suffer from unexpected complications like skin burns, only a doctor or nurse will be adequately qualified to deal with what could otherwise become a permanently disfiguring injury.