Understanding Laser Surgery
A laser is possibly the most specific and accurate surgical tool available. Lasers are medical devices which produce high-energy, focused beams of intense, single-colored light and heat which have been found through ongoing research and extensive clinical experience to selectively interact, in very useful ways, with various tissues within the skin and body. The amount and distribution of energy in laser light is more precisely delivered over standard use of a scalpel or topical chemicals for the successful treatment of many aesthetic and medical conditions.
Lasers produce their effects via what are called laser-tissue interactions. These result in a series of microscopic controlled wounds and so, overall, a surgical wound results. Therefore, a period of wound healing and convalescence is required. The severity of this will depend on the type of laser used and the specific condition to be treated. As laser treatments are considered to be surgical procedures,Dr Goldman will discuss these issues as well as risks and potential complications with you at the consultation.
After Dr Goldman has indicated that a laser can be helpful for you, he will explain the laser of choice and what can be accomplished. As with all surgery, the laser has its limitations. Often the results are very good. Your surgeon will give you the best judgement for the particular procedure.
Some surgeons may use local anaesthetic gel to numb the treated area before the surgery. Surgery can be done in the surgeon’s office. Because safety is a major component of laser use, your surgeon will describe safety precautions before the surgery.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Lasers can be used to reduce wrinkles around the lips or eyes, even the entire face, softening fine wrinkles and removing certain pigmentations and other coloured blemishes on the face. This removes the epidermis and penetrates into the deeper dermis, which responds by producing new collagen, elastin and re-models the collagen structures. A number of techniques are available today that enable facial cosmetic surgeons to treat a wider range of skin problems than ever before.
Laser Removal of Birthmarks and Skin Lesions
Port-wine stain birthmarks respond remarkably well to laser treatment. The abnormal blood vessels that cause these marks are reduced in size by the laser. This results in a lightening of the treated area.
Laser Tattoo Removal
Dr Goldman uses a Q-switch Alma Harmony XL laser for tattoo removal. Different laser wavelengths are necessary for black, blue and green inks compared to red,orange,yellow for example. This platform offers all the options: skin growths, spider veins, warts, and tattoos respond to laser surgery. Most situations take more than one laser treatment, but some respond to a single treatment.
These are only a few conditions treated. Many other options are possible. Contact Dr Goldman to arrange a consultation.
Dr Goldman often uses the minimum laser intensity possible. The low intensity requires many treatments. However, the low intensity also preserves as much of the healthy tissue as possible. This produces an aesthetically pleasing result. Many of these laser surgeries are performed as office procedures.
New Skin Lasers?
There are constant technological advances which lead to even new applications of future generations of lasers. Please ask Dr Goldman to discuss the latest advances with you.
What to Expect After Laser Surgery
After the surgery, you will probably experience some swelling and skin redness for several days. Antibiotic ointments may be used during the healing process. It is important for you to follow all the postoperative directions of the surgeon, particularly in using sunblock and avoiding sun exposure.
The full impact of the laser may not be apparent for some months, especially with vascular deformities. Additional treatment sessions will not be scheduled until the healing process for a particular treatment is complete.
It is important to realise that lasers have specific applications. Dr Goldman is experienced in the use of the laser and is the best source of information as to whether laser surgery is appropriate for your condition.
Private Insurance does not generally cover surgery that is done purely for cosmetic reasons. Surgery to correct or improve congenital deformities or accidental skin injuries may be reimbursable in whole or in part. It is the patient’s responsibility to check with the insurance carrier for information on the degree of coverage.
Laser Skin Treatments available in Perth
Laser360 is a skin rejuvenation technique for softer, younger looking skin in only 60 days. iPixel helps to revitalise skin, a single treatment can help treat acne scarring and
sun damaged skin. Other components include radio-frequency, Advanced Fluorescent Therapy as well as ClearLift Laser
Q-Switched tattoo removal is one of the most frequently used tattoo removal treatments with minimal side effects and dramatic results after several treatments.