Latest Technologies

There are several types of lasers used in dermatology and aesthetics. Older laser technologies such as the continuous wave lasers of CO2 and argon have been replaced with fractional, Q-switched, diode and pulsed laser systems. The target tissue for laser light therapy, absorption wavelength of tissue, pulse duration and energy requirement, determines choice of laser to be used. All these procedures will require an initial consultation with a clinician or aesthetician.

Diode Laser Hair Removal

Unlike IPL, diode laser is a true laser where a concentrated beam of light is aimed at the targeted hair follicle. The laser light is then absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle causing controlled thermal damage to the follicle. This will reduce future hair growth. The diode laser has a 808nm wavelength which is most suitable solution for all skin types due to its deep penetration and high absorption of melanin. This results in a faster and more effective hair removal treatment compared to IPL. Treatment conditions are similar to that of intense pulsed light. As with IPL treatments, it is also recommended to shave 24-48 hours prior to the appointment to get best results. Additional fees may apply for shaving or extended appointments. Service only available Levin.

Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

The Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Fractional Laser Resurfacing treat several layers of skin in a fractionated method (grid-like pattern) to help reduce freckles, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, acne and burn scars, uneven skin tone, rosacea and redness of the face, neck, chest and hands. It is also the best single treatment for advanced sun damage and wrinkling. Occasionally maintenance treatments may be necessary to maintain results. Individual results may vary.

The procedure requires topical anaesthetics and takes 6-12 days to heal. Results can be seen in as little as 4 weeks. Improvements will continue for 6 - 9 months after the initial treatment due to the collagen building process. With proper skin care and sun protection, results may last for many years. The cost of your treatment will depend on the condition of your skin, the size of the area being treated and your desired results. Due to the risk of post-inflammatory pigmentation from sun exposure, the service is not available in summer months of October until end of March. Service only available in Levin.

Laser Age Spot and Pigmentation Removal

Age spots (also known as liver spots or solar lentigines) are non-cancerous, brown lesions that occur over time on sun exposed areas of the skin. As they are of cosmetic importance to many patients, different treatments have been tried to remove these unwanted spots. Combination therapies yield the best results. These include prescription strength skin lightening creams and in-office laser treatments. 

The recent development of short-pulsed lasers such as Q-switched lasers has enabled physicians to selectively destroy the pigment within the age spots with significant clinical improvement, low risk of adverse effects, and high patient acceptance. For most patients, only 1 to 2 treatments are necessary to remove age spots. Noticeable results are evident 2 weeks after the first treatment. Effective treatment of age spots has shown to improve appearances, enhance self-esteem and promote better skin health awareness. Service only available in Levin and Palmerston North.

Spider Vein Reduction with Diode Laser

The 980nm diode laser selectively penetrates the superficial blood vessel and the heat produced coagulates the blood within the vessel causing it to collapse. During the treatment there will be a noticeable reduction in the appearance of vessels due to the restriction of blood flow. However, it is common for some of the vessels to re-fill again after the first treatment, which will require further treatment. Diode laser can also stimulate the dermal collagen growth while performing the above treatment, increasing the skin’s thickness and density, so that the smaller blood vessels appear even less noticeable.

Treatment with the diode laser can be slightly uncomfortable for some, but most patients do not require any anaesthetic cream to numb the area prior to treatment. Most patients experience considerable improvement after 1 to 3 treatments depending upon the skin condition and level of treatment. Applications of diode lasers include the removal of various lesions, including: veins or redness of the face, arms and legs; sunspots; milia; warts; and acne. Service only available in Levin and Palmerston North.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Many people decide to get tattoos when they are young. They then go on to regret the decision later in life, especially where the tattoo features a person’s name or symbol which they rather not be associated with. The removal of tattoos using lasers has been carried out for more than 20 years. Because of the variety of different types of tattoos (e.g. amateur, professional, semi-permanent), it is important to find a practitioner experienced in treating a wide range of tattoos.

The Q Switched ND:YAG laser significantly lightens and removes many types of amateur and professional tattoos. It is particularly successful with tattoos made of dark blue, black, and red ink. This includes tattoos that have been applied as permanent cosmetics such as eye brow liners. Repeat treatments will be required; 2 – 10 treatments for an amateur tattoo and up to 5 – 20 for a professional one; sessions will usually be 6 weeks apart. Cost is determined by size of the tattoo and time taken for each area. A quote will be provided by Dr Louw at the initial consultation. Service only available in Levin.

Carbon Laser Facial 

The Carbon Laser Facial will give you a radiant looking skin after just one treatment. This treatment is very popular in Hollywood and Asia. The treatment is non-invasive and very gentle to the skin. After cleansing the skin a layer of carbon paste is applied to the entire face and allowed to dry over a period of 15 minutes. Then, a Q switched ND:YAG laser is used to heat and cause an implosion of the carbon particles, focusing the laser energy on the epidermis.

Most patients describe the sensation as a light tingling feeling. As the laser moves across the skin the carbon paste is gently removed, exfoliating the skin and removing any debris in pores. This high quality skin rejuvenation treatment takes approximately 40 minutes from start to finish with no downtime. Some of the results you can expect after several laser treatments include: improvement in active acne; reduction in acne scars and post-inflammatory discoloration; reduction in size of pores; reduction in fine lines and wrinkles; stimulation of collagen and increased tone of the skin. Service only available in Levin and Palmerston North.

Laser Fungal Treatment

It has always been difficult to treat onychomycosis (fungi of the nail) due to inability of topical agents to properly penetrate the nail and reach the affected nail bed. Oral antifungal medications have shown a good response but have the potential to cause systemic side effects and patient non-adherence. Lasers, therefore, have been suggested for the treatment of onychomycosis due to their minimally invasive nature and the potential for requiring fewer treatment sessions. 

A Nd:YAG 1064nm or Diode 980nm laser is applied to the affected nail. A total of 8-10 passes over the nail should be employed during the treatment, with a 30 sec waiting period between every 3-4 passes. Total accumulative energy is monitored in accordance to the recommended treatment protocol for each module. Recommended number of treatments is 2-3 sessions at 4 weeks intervals. Service only available in Levin and Palmerston North.

Laser Hair Removal

Carbon Laser Facial

Laser Tattoo Removal