When it comes to lasers, it’s not a one-size-fits-all – what works for one person may not work for another. This largely depends on the severity of the problem being treated, the skin tone of the person and the different laser wavelengths. Here’s our guide to the latest laser treatments and how to know if they will work for you.
Lasers are divided into two main groups: ablative (which remove the top layer of skin) and non-ablative (which don’t damage the skin’s surface).
New laser treatments claiming to reduce stubborn body fat are popular in clinics around Australia. One of these is SculpSure – a laser treatment which was approved for non-invasive lipolysis of the flanks and abdomen in Australia in November 2015 and has also been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Laser hair removal involves a direct beam of light on the hair follicle, inhibiting the hair’s ability to grow, without disrupting or damaging the skin’s surface.
According to Dr Yiasemides, the new picosecond lasers for tattoo removal >are common. Yet multiple treatments are needed and won’t effectively clear tattoos that contain green, some reds and yellow.
If prescription creams or antibiotics aren’t working, laser might be an acne treatment option.
Lasers can improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots caused by sun damage. One of the greatest appeals is that these treatments don’t involve injectables.
Stretch marks are caused by a lack of collagen and elastin during times of intense growth. These scar-like streaky areas that appear in over-stretched skin can be tough to get rid of.