Fractional CO2 Laser


Fractional C02 Laser has many treatment options. Here are a few:

  • Acne Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Brown Spots
  • Melasma
  • Moles/Skin Tags
  • Pearly Penile Papules
  • Saggy Skin
  • Wrinkles
  • Vaginal Wall Rejuvination and Urine incontinence

Acne.

What causes acne?

Acne is a skin disorder that commonly occurs during puberty; however adults can also be affected by it. Pores in our skin are connected via follicles that act as passageways to oil glands, which are placed underneath your skin. These glands produce a natural liquid known as sebum which helps to carry dead skin cells through the follicles, bringing them to the surface of your skin. Hairs grow out of follicles, and when an accrual of oil under the skin blocks these follicles, pimples begin to grow and form.

The majority of of 11 to 30 year olds will experience acne at some point in their lives. It affects both men and women, but younger men are more likely to get acne due to the presence of higher amounts of testosterone which can exacerbate the condition. If you haven’t gotten acne yet, you are one of the lucky few! However, most of us have experienced acne at one point of time.

How can it be treated?
Using the new technology of Fractional Laser Resurfacing (Lux1540, non-ablative) can obtain results that are similar to that of deep chemical peels or ablative laser resurfacing, minus the discomfort or the usual downtime associated with such techniques. The technology utilises laser energy micro beams to penetrate and break down skin tissue through the epidermis. Your body will naturally heal and during the process, creates new, healthy tissue to replace the affected areas that have undergone treatment. Scars should be of a lighter colour and your skin texture will be more even,* leaving no visible wounds and allows you to apply make-up immediately following the procedure.

Stretch Marks.

Stretch marks are very difficult to treat. They form when a person grows quickly, gains weight rapidly, or is pregnant. The skin stretches so quickly that the elastic tissue in the skin actually tears. That is why stretch marks don't go away when the person loses weight or is no longer pregnant. There seem to be genetic factors that make some people more prone to stretch marks than others.

Fractional resurfacing is the treatment of microscopic columns of skin within the treatment area. It doesn't treat all of the skin at once, which could create a large wound; rather it treats a fraction of the skin at a time. The skin in these fractional zones then heals from the untreated adjacent skin. Ablative fractional resurfacing, with the carbon dioxide laser, appears to be the best treatment option for stretch marks. At the very least you should get some fading and blending into the surrounding skin, and in some people (with multiple treatments) they may go away completely. Fractional lasers that do not use carbon dioxide will give you more subtle results, and will require many more treatments.

PPP Treatment.

Pearly penile papules (PPPs) are small, smooth, dome-shaped papules distributed in multiple rows around the corona of the penis. Although they are asymptomatic, benign, and cause no functional impairment, they can be a source of significant psychological distress for the patient.

Treatment is only needed for cosmetic reasons and many find that CO2 laser resurfacing treatments are able to provide a fast, pain-free, permanent solution to PPP. The laser allows vaporization of the papules without harming the skin of the penis. Patients have no scarring or sensation loss and typically recover in 1 to 2 weeks.

The area is numbed at first with lidocaine to ensure a painless procedure, but there is some scabbing and swelling to be expected. You shouldn't worry or be embarrassed once you know you have PPP, just talk to your doctor about this simple procedure. Be sure to find a physician who has experience using a CO2 Laser for treating PPP because not all physicians with CO2 lasers treat this condition.

Saggy Skin and Wrinkles.

The CO2 laser destroys a thin layer of skin. Most of this layer evaporates, while a small, desiccated part covers the remaining skin. Extra collagen is produced in the healing process, which may tighten the skin.

The deeper this controlled destruction of skin, the greater the effect, but also the higher the risk of complications. The most important complications are irregular, excessive pigmentation, bleaching of skin color, scar formation and an outbreak of herpes (cold sores).

The beam of a fractional CO2 laser does not reach the entire treated skin surface. Several hundreds of small dots, evenly distributed, are heated, while the rest of the surface remains untouched. In most treatments the dots make up about 20% of the skin surface while 80% is spared.

Healing after fractional CO2 laser therapy is much faster than when the entire surface of the skin has been treated. Side effects such as swelling, redness, oozing, sometimes crust formation, still occur but only for a few days to two weeks.

The dose of laser light that is the best compromise between the desired effect and side effects varies from person to person and between different parts of the body. Fractional treatment is safer than conventional CO2 laser therapy, but the effect is less too. Thus, treatment usually consists of several sessions, beginning with a rather light dose of laser light. Depending on the result and the side effects the dose for the next session is adjusted.

Vaginal Wall Rejuvenation and Urine incontinence.

Like all other organs in our bodies, the vagina and vulva are not immune to the effects of time, especially during and after menopause. The female genital tract is particularly affected by declining oestrogen production. Almost 50% of women in their 40’s and beyond experience symptoms of genital atrophy which can significantly affect their sexual experience and quality of life. Fractionated CO2 laser vaginal rejuvenation (LVR) is a breakthrough non-surgical procedure for treating age-related vaginal atrophy (“atrophic vaginitis”). This is a safe, effective and long-lasting solution without the adverse side effects of drug therapies.

What is Vaginal Atrophy?
With age and declining oestrogen levels, the wall of the vagina loses collagen, becomes thinner and the natural elasticity and blood supply is reduced. The protective lining of the vagina loses hydration and thickness, causing a loss of lubrication and changes in the natural balance of the internal environment. This can result in symptoms such as:

  • Loss of lubrication and dryness.
  • Vaginal itch and burning.
  • Uncomfortable or painful sexual intercourse (Dyspareunia).
  • Urinary urgency and incontinence.
  • Vaginal loosening / laxity.
These symptoms can have a negative effect on your general wellbeing and place stress on your intimate relationships.

In addition, younger women who have used the Pill for prolonged periods, breast-feeding mothers, women who experienced traumatic delivery and patients with breast cancer may also suffer from these symptoms.

Key benefits of LVR:
  • 10 minute procedure.
  • Minimal discomfort or pain.
  • No significant downtime.
  • Low risk and little side effects.
  • Suitable for almost all women.
  • Achieves long-lasting improvements.
  • Able to be used by certain patient groups who are unsuitable for HRT e.g. breast cancer patients.
  • Most patients experience noticeable improvements after just one treatment.

Frequently asked questions: LVR

LVR is a fast and effective treatment that uses multiple tiny columns of Laser energy to stimulate collagen production and regeneration of normal vaginal tissue. It uses the same proven laser technology that has been used for the past 15 years to rejuvenate the sensitive skin of the face. The treatment takes around ten minutes and can be easily completed in a lunch break. A swab is inserted into the vagina to dry the inside. After it is removed the laser probe is then inserted and you will feel a low grade vibration and warmth inside the vaginal canal which is virtually painless for most women. This process lasts around 5 minutes. The probe is then removed and the treatment is complete. In as little as 30 days after treatment, the regeneration of new tissue in the vaginal wall starts to build a naturally stronger, tighter structure and the protective mucosa recovers volume, hydration and elasticity.

A small number of women (less than 5%) report mild discomfort in the first 24 hours but mostly there is no discomfort to be experienced at all. There is no significant downtime after the treatment and you can return to normal daily activities immediately. You should, however, refrain from strenuous exercise for 24 hours, and from vaginal intercourse for 5 days.

Most patients feel an improvement after the first treatment, however, the full benefits of LVR are usually achieved after 3 treatments, each spaced 1 month apart.
All the changes obtained by the LVR treatment are long lasting. As the natural ageing process continues, top-up treatments can be repeated as required (a single top-up treatment may be necessary every 6-18 months depending on hormonal and other factors).
Pre-purchasing a package of 3 treatments is $1650 (if purchased at the time of the initial consultation), and the consultation is Medicare rebated.

If you are paying for treatments individually, the initial consultation (about 30 minutes) is $100, the first laser treatment is $500, the second treatment is $450 and the third and subsequent treatments (including later top-ups) are $400 (ie. $1450 for 3 treatments incl. the consultation). Prices may vary over time.
Most of our patients are referred by their gynecologist or women’s health professional. You don’t need a referral; however, it is a requirement that you have had a normal PAP smear and vaginal examination by your healthcare specialist in the past 12 months.