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The minimally invasive nature of laser scar-revision treatments means that they are well tolerated by patients, and faster recovery times allow the psychological impact of scar revision treatments to be realised much sooner by patients.

Laser treatment of active acne

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Laser Scar and Striae Revision

Frequently Asked Questions

With Fotona’s dual-wavelength scar-revision therapy, both non-ablative Nd:YAG and fractional-ablative Er:YAG wavelengths are combined as part of a single comprehensive scar-treatment regimen, with immediate visible results that surpass that of traditional laser-based and conventional scar treatment techniques.

Dual-wavelength scar treatment therapies provide a highly effective solution that not only addresses a scar’s aesthetic appearance but also helps to resolve complicating factors with the scar’s vascular feeding system.

Er:YAG skin resurfacing is used for gentle ablation of scar tissue and activation of collagen remodeling. Acne scars in particular respond well to Er:YAG treatments.

For hypertrophic scars, clinical research conducted with the Nd:YAG wavelength show further improvement in the aesthetic appearance and overall tissue quality of a scar, including erythema, volume, pliability, etc

Things to know before your scar reduction laser appointment.

  1. The treatment area should not be exposed to sunlight or tanning 14 days prior to treatment.
  2. If you have fake tan on you will need to have it full removed to the treatment area prior to treatment. 
  3. Please avoid wearing any make up to your appointment, please come without anything o the face.
  4. Patient taking the medication Accutane (Isotretinoin) should not have laser treatment until t least 6 months after they stop taking the medication. 
  5. Discontinue using any retinol products, alpha hydroxyl acid products (containing lactic and glycolic acid) and salicylic acid products and topical ant acne medications including benzoyl peroxide for 2 weeks prior to your laser treatment.
  6. Please avoid antibiotics and/ or any photosensitising medications during the time of treatment. Please allow 2 weeks between ceasing the medication and your laser treatment.
  7. Notify the clinic if you are taking anti depression medication or hormone stimulating medications, some of these medications can make you photo sensitive.
  8. Women who are pregnant or breast feeding should postpone treatment to after they have finished breast feeding. 
  9. If you are unwell or have a fever, please post pone your treatment till 14 days after you are well. 
  10. Patient with tanned skin or naturally darker skin, can experience changes in skin pigmentation after laser treatment, therefore may not be a good candidate for laser treatment. We will need to evaluate your Fitzpatrick score and discuss possible adverse reactions. 
  11. If you have a history of herpes simplex virus, you may need to take prophylaxis antiviral medication prior to laser treatment. 
At Newcastle Cosmetic Doctor we will create a treatment plan tailored to your specific skin needs.

Scar reduction laser treatments require multiple treatments, several weeks apart for deeper and more extensive damage

After the treatment you may experience some redness, mild swelling and scabbing for a few days after treatment.

Our doctor and laser therapist recommend a specific skincare routine for you to follow at home to ensure a rapid healing and recovery to gain maximum results.

The full result of skin improvements can take up to several months, after a week you can notice your complexion and skin tone looking healthier.

Laser skin aftercare, here is what to do after your laser skin treatment and between sessions:

  1. Do apply an icepack on the treated area to reduce pain, discomfort or irritation.
  2. Do apply aloe vera gel or calming creams for 3 days after the treatment.
  3. Do wear loose clothes to avoid friction on the treated area for 48 hours.
  4. Do keep treated area clean and dry for 48 hours.
  5. Do drink plenty of water.
  6. Do use at least SPF 50 sunscreen with Zinc for at least 2 weeks.

Common reactions post laser treatments:

Typically resurfacing skin treatments with downtime, non-ablative treatments typically have no downtime.

1. Scabbing, darkening of the blood vessels under the surface of the skin (vascular lesion)

2. Hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin caused by increased melanin)

3. Blanching (skin turning white/pale, caused by temporary obstruction of blood flow)

4. Localised tenderness and feeling sunburned

5. Localised swelling and oedema post treatment

6. Pin prick bleeding immediately after treatment

Although very rare, there may be possible adverse reactions immediately after the treatment, such as:

  1. Excessive pain.
  2. Excessive persistent erythema (redness of the skin caused by increased blood flow).
  3. Oedema (swelling caused by fluid retention).
  4. Blistering (raised portion of the skin that is filled with fluid).
  5. Bruising or marking of the skin in the shape of the crystal.
  6. Grey / ash colour forming, or the skin appears puckered.
  7. Skin appearing puckered.

There may be further adverse reactions between 4 and 12 hours after treatment, such as:

  1. Certain sensitive areas may cause swelling (oedema).
  2. The treated skin will be sensitive and fragile and therefore could tear when rubbed
  3. There may be a small risk of scarring. Hyper/hypopigmentation and loss of some of the skin surface (epidermal erosion) may occur; however, the risk is minimised if sunscreen (SPF 50 or greater) with Zinc is used.
  4. Prolonged itching may occur but keep the area cool and apply aloe vera gel or calming creams.
Scar reduction (ablative) laser treatments can be booked online under laser consultation online. If it is your first appointment for a laser treatment, we will need to go through a questionnaire and assess your skin to make sure it is safe to perform laser treatments on you.

Your appointment can be booked online, the $50 booking fee goes towards your treatment. If you have had a previous appointment within the year, you can contact the clinic for a follow up treatment.

This can be done through social media or phone 1300 282 410 please leave a message if you would like to be call back.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact us 1300 282 410 or by private message on social media.


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