Melbourne Clinic Laser Surgery
Melbourne Clinic Laser Surgery
Dr Lanzer has over 25 years’ experience and lives and practices mostly in Melbourne. He was the first to introduce Tumescent liposuction to Melbourne and Australia in 1992. He was also part of a group of dermatologists that held the first conference in Melbourne to teach cosmetic uses of laser surgery.
Dr Lanzer offers the full range of cosmetic procedures in his state of the art fully accredited Day Surgery Hospital in Melbourne.
Nowadays, there are many cosmetic surgery procedures that use lasers. Patients can also choose laser surgery at our Melbourne Clinic, considering there are numerous treatments available that use laser. To learn more about laser surgery at our Melbourne Clinic, please read the information provided by the Dr Lanzer Clinic below.
Which Treatments Are Considered Laser Surgery?
Laser surgery at our Melbourne Clinic usually refers to a cosmetic surgery procedure where the surgeon uses a laser instead of a scalpel for the removal of tissue. The specific uses of the laser can divide these treatments further into subcategories, more specifically photochemical, photoablative, photothermal and photomechanical.
Available laser surgery at our Melbourne Clinic includes laser liposuction and laser skin resurfacing, two treatments which target different types of aesthetic problems.
What Is Laser Liposuction?
Laser liposuction is a liposuction treatment focussed on the removal of fat deposits that have been distributed unevenly in the treatment area. Patients taking advantage of a laser liposuction are usually on or around their target weight. In order for the treatment to be successful, patients must maintain a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise after a laser liposuction procedure.
What Is Laser Resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is a procedure focussed on the reduction of visible signs of ageing, including fine lines, wrinkles and other skin irregularities. Laser resurfacing falls under the category of rejuvenation treatments and can be applied to the face, hands, chest and neck.
Which Lasers Are Used During Laser Skin Resurfacing?
There are many types of lasers that could be used during laser skin resurfacing, but there are two lasers in particular that are used for laser skin resurfacing procedures by Australian surgeons. These lasers are the erbium laser and the carbon dioxide laser.
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The Erbium Laser
A laser skin resurfacing procedure performed with an erbium laser is often referred to as an erbium laser resurfacing treatment. The erbium laser is especially designed to remove skin irregularities on a surface level and moderately deep level.
One of the major benefits of the erbium laser is the minimal damage it causes to surrounding tissues during a laser skin resurfacing treatment. Most laser treatments will cause some damage to surrounding tissue, although the degree of damage is dependent on the skill of the surgeon and the specific laser that is used during the treatment.
The Carbon Dioxide Laser
The carbon dioxide laser was invented as early as 1964 and is still one of the earliest gas lasers in the world of cosmetic surgery. Even though the carbon dioxide laser has been around for a considerable amount of time, the laser still proves useful until this very day.
One of the applications of the carbon dioxide laser is laser skin resurfacing. The frequency of light emitted from the carbon dioxide laser is easily absorbed by the water in body tissues, which makes this laser incredibly useful for laser resurfacing and laser surgery in general.
How Should I Prepare Laser Resurfacing?
Before you can take advantage of a laser resurfacing treatment, you will need to have a thorough physical examination by an experienced cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist. During this stage, there are also some things you should report, for example if you are prone to outbreaks such as cold sores and fever blisters. Laser skin resurfacing can cause outbreaks in people that are prone to cold sores and fever blisters, which is why it is essential to report such problems to your cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist before the procedure takes place.
There are certain medications that could have an impact on the effectiveness of the treatment as well as the recovery process. During the pre-operative examination, it is important to report any medications you may be taken; this also includes supplements and homeopathic remedies. Medications and supplements such as aspirin and vitamin E could cause problems with blood clotting, so there is a chance that you may have to stop taking certain medications ten days before your laser skin resurfacing procedure takes place.
Last but not least, smoking can have negative impact on the procedure as well as the recovery process, so patients should quit smoking at least two weeks before the procedure. Smoking before the procedure and during the recovery process increases the chances of infection and could slow down the recovery altogether.
Do I Need to Take Any Medications Before or After Laser Surgery?
In some cases, the cosmetic surgeon may prescribe some medication to prevent outbreaks or reduce pain and discomfort that may be experienced after the procedure.
What Can Be Expected After Laser Skin Resurfacing?
When the laser resurfacing procedure has been performed, the surgeon will bandage the treatment area. Once 24 hours have passed, the patient will need to keep the treated area as clean as possible. Aftercare includes cleaning the treated area up to five times a day and applying a special ointment to keep the treated area hydrated and moisturised. The cosmetic surgeon may prescribe a special ointment to use after the treatment or may recommend a specific product you could use to keep the treated area hydrated.
Keeping the area hydrated and moisturised could prevent scabs from forming after the procedure. Even though it is not possible guarantee that scabs will not appear at all, taking proper care of the skin may prevent scabs from appearing in the first place.
Patients can also experience some swelling for some weeks after laser resurfacing. To reduce the swelling and promote the healing process, it is advised to sleep on an extra pillow at night or to use a cold pack on the treated area for the first 72 hours after the treatment.
During the recovery process, patients may experience some itching as well. The itching is a normal side-effect of the healing process and the majority of patients may experience this side-effect for some time. When you encounter itching, it is important not to scratch, since this could damage the skin after the procedure.