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Laser Treatment for Scars, Pigmentation, Skin Blemishes
Cosmetic Laser Skin Treatment
Laser treatment is a commonly performed procedure. It is used to treat broken facial capillaries, blood vessels, superficial scarring, pigmentation, and other skin blemishes. After a few laser treatments, the capillaries usually disappear for good.
This treatment works using a laser which produces a very bright light. The colour of this light is selected in order to be specifically absorbed by the target tissue. This is why different lasers are needed to treat different problems. When the light beam hits the target capillaries it causes the capillary to bond. The capillary will then disappear.
There are rarely any complications. Brown pigmentation can occur in the treated area, but this always goes away. The incidence is less than 0.01%. Scarring can occur, but again it is extremely rare.
Visit our gallery to see broken capillaries treatment performed in Cosmetic Medical Centre.
Frequently asked questions
Can I have my first treatment at the same time as the consultation?
It is possible to have a consultation only to gather information about the procedure, or follow it with the first treatment.
How long does it take?
Your treatment will generally take 15-20 minutes. After any laser treatment, you need to hold ice over the area for 3-5 minutes. It is also a good idea to intermittently hold ice over the area during the evening after the procedure. Ice on the area is important in that it diminishes the amount of blistering.
How much does it cost?
Laser Skin Treatment
The cost is based on the time it takes to carry out the treatment. All patients have an initial consultation, which attracts a fee of $80. If you have the treatment during your first consultation you do not need to pay the consultation fee.
Part of the consultation fee is rebatable through Medicare. A fifteen minutes to twenty minutes treatment costs $250 to $350. Part of the treatment fee (about $130) can be rebatable through Medicare.
What about follow up treatments?
Follow up treatments are a few weeks later and are for 15-30 minutes. The cost is about $350 respectively. Medicare will provide a rebate on most treatments depending on the severity of the condition. You should check with the doctor to see whether a rebate will be applicable in your case.
How many treatments will it take?
This varies with the severity of the condition.The average number of treatments for facial capillaries is three.
Is it effective?
Laser treatment for facial capillaries is very effective. Success rates are approximately 95%. Treatment for port wine birthmarks is also very effective.
How long will I need off work?
It is unlikely that you will need any time off work although if you are very much in the public eye, one or two days off may be advisable.
What will I look like straight afterwards?
Immediately after treatment, the area will be red. Fine blistering will occur that night. The tiny blisters will become fine scale by day two to three. The amount of blistering depends on the length of treatment.
How does it work?
A laser produces a very bright light. The colour of this light is selected in order to be specifically absorbed by the target tissue. This is why different lasers are needed to treat different problems. When the light beam hits the target capillaries it causes the capillary to bond. The capillary will then disappear.
Are there any complications?
Rarely. Brown pigmentation can occur in the treated area, but this always goes away. The incidence is less than 0.01%. Scarring can occur, but again it is extremely rare.
Is it covered by private insurance or Medicare?
Medicare will pay a rebate in cases where broken capillaries are a certain size. Rebates are determined by the doctor only. Private health funds do not cover laser treatments.
Does it hurt?
Laser treatment stings. Like everything, the amount of discomfort varies from patient to patient and depends on the area treated. Some patients prefer the treatment to be done under local anaesthetic. Please ask about this if you feel an anaesthetic cream would be helpful. Most patients, however, prefer to apply an ice pack for a few minutes just before treatment.
Can I apply makeup to the area after treatment?
Yes, you can apply makeup to the treated area. Be careful not to rub the area while applying or removing the makeup as the skin will be very delicate for a few days. Please pat any makeup onto the skin with your fingertips
Before & After
Dr Roberts’ extended experience in both the dermatological and surgical specialties has enabled him to develop a holistic approach in the cosmetic and beauty industry. His practice is focused on achieving natural looking beauty by the application of both surgical and non-surgical skills.