Dr David Campbell
MB BS FRACS
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
149 Wickham Terrace Brisbane
(07) 3839 7800
There are many different types of laser in clinical use today, each with its own specific properties. Some are best suited to resurfacing, others for vascular skin problems, and yet others are best for pigment and hair removal. Lasers are a very valuable tool, but don't be misled by the common myths that they are a miracle cure for everything - There is no one laser that can fix everything, and many things for which laser is not useful. Be sure to seek a balanced view.
Resurfacing lasers are used for problems ranging from skin rejuvenation, to acne and other scar improvement, resurfacing sun damaged skin and treating rhinophyma (bulbous glandular noses).
Two principle types of laser are widely used for resurfacing - CO2 and Erbium. The simplest way to consider the difference is that the CO2 laser works more deeply than the Erbium, leading typically to a greater benefit on deeper lines and wrinkles, but in return having a longer recovery time. There is however far more to it than this. You should discuss the pros and cons of each of these before deciding on the best type of laser resurfacing for your problem.
These lasers are used in conjunction with local, twilight or general anaesthesia, and are usually a day surgery procedure. Under some circumstances they can be combined with other surgical procedures at one time.
Dr Campbell uses the new Candella V-Beam laser for a wide range of vascular (red) skin problems. Spider veins, capillary vessels, red spots, scar redness and port wine stains can all usually be substantially improved and sometimes completely removed with vascular laser treatment. Scar thickening may also be treated in some situations.
The Candella V-Beam laser is widely regarded as the gold standard in the treatment of vascular skin problems. This treatment is usually administered with either local or no anaesthetic, depending on the size and location of the area being treated. General anaesthesia may occasionally be required to treat children. There is usually little or no pain afterwards, although some bruising is typical. The V-Beam laser has a built in cryogen spray, which cools the skin during treatment for improved comfort, reduced bruising, and a more rapid recovery.
Several treatment sessions may be required to achieve optimal improvement. For some larger thread veins, sclerotherapy may also be used in conjunction with laser.
More information on Laser Surgery
Suite 82, Level 8, Morris Towers, 149 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane Qld 4000
Phone: (07) 3839 7800
Fax: (07) 3839 4334
Also Consulting at:
Emerald Medical Group - Superclinic. Pilot Farm Road, Emerald, Qld 4720 Ph: (07) 3839 7800
Bywater Medical Centre, Canossa, 169 17- Mile Rocks Road, Oxley, Qld. 4120 Ph: (07) 3839 7800
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