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The Lasers Lighting the Way
Skin Institute
June 14, 2020

Laser and Light treatments are extremely popular and winter is the optimal time to have these performed.

There are many different types of laser and light based procedures that target different skin concerns and suit different skin types. This can be confusing, so here is a simple overview of the skin treatments we offer at the Skin Institute, using the latest laser and light technology. The devices are operated by experienced staff, to give you safe and effective results.

We recommend a consultation with one of our Appearance Medicine Nurses to discuss which treatment is best for you.

  • Fraxis
  • IPL
  • Nd:YAG Laser
  • Laser Genesis
  • Sciton Laser
  • Photodynamic Therapy

Fractional Laser or “Fraxis” is a type of laser used for advanced skin rejuvenation. It uses laser micro-beams to create tiny pin-point punctures in the surface of the skin and penetrates the deeper layers of the skin.  It creates an ablative and thermal effect which triggers the skins’ natural wound healing response; stimulating collagen and elastin production. Fraxis is an effective treatment for improving the appearance of skin on the face, neck, chest and back of hands.  It improves skin texture, firmness of the skin, refines pore size, can soften fine lines and reduces acne scarring. Brown pigment may also be reduced. At the Skin Institute the name of our fractional laser is the Fraxis CO2 Laser. It is sometimes called “pixel” or “fraxel”. A topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the area being treated to reduce discomfort 20 minutes prior to treatment.

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. It is a popular treatment, used to improve skin clarity by reducing redness, visible vessels and brown pigment. Multiple IPL treatments also stimulate collagen and improve skin smoothness. It is commonly used to treat the entire face, neck, chest and back of hands, or you can “spot treat” areas of concern. In some cases, multiple treatments are required, e.g. for rosacea.

Nd:YAG is a laser treatment that treats vascular (red) lesions on the face and body. Nd:YAG laser is more effective than IPL for treating larger and deeper or stubborn vessels and angiomas or “red spots”.   IPL and Nd:YAG laser are often used together within the same treatment for an even better result. There are several special considerations with IPL/Nd:YAG treatment which is why a pre-treatment consultation is important. These include your skin type (IPL should not be used on darker skin types due to a higher risk of burns and discolouration), type of pigment, photosensitising medication, history of topical Vitamin A use, the time of year, fake tan use, and recent or upcoming sun exposure. A test patch may be required prior to treatment for some people. A skin cancer check may also be required before treating pigmented lesions.

Laser Genesis is a micro-ablative skin resurfacing treatment using Nd:YAG laser. Laser Genesis works by stimulating cellular turnover and collagen production. This improves the appearance of fine lines, boosts collagen production, reduces diffuse redness, shrinks enlarged pores, improves uneven skin texture and can improve scars. It is sometimes referred to as a laser facial. It is a painless treatment and can be performed all year round, providing you apply daily sunscreen.

The Sciton Laser is a doctor only operated laser, available only at Skin Institute Takapuna. Sciton is a deeper, resurfacing laser used for deep wrinkles and lines, and commonly used to spot treat skin imperfections such as milia, angiomas, small “lumps and bumps”, and fatty deposits around the eye area. Sciton is performed in theatre under local anaesthetic.

Photodynamic Therapy or PDT is a face and scalp treatment which involves a topical skin medication combined with a special light source to treat rough, scaly, sun-damaged skin.  It specifically targets skin cancer and pre-cancerous changes. It also improves the skin complexion.

If your skin concern cannot be treated appropriately with a laser or light, we may refer you to one of our skin specialists to discuss other options. Don’t worry if you don’t know which treatment is the right one for you, our experienced staff will make recommendations when you come in for your consultation.

Give Skin Institute a call on 0800 SKIN DR (754 637) or book online to arrange an IPL consultation.