Facial Rejuvenation

Sun damage, “age spots”, fine lines and wrinkles can all make you look older than you really are. The harmful effect of UV rays, hormonal changes, some medications and skin trauma can all leave their mark on your face.

IPL and CO2 Laser treatments can remove superficial pigmentation and fine lines and tighten the skin to give a youthful appearance and improve you self confidence.

What’s the difference between IPL and CO2 Laser?

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) uses a broad spectrum of scattered light to address sunspots, broken blood vessels and to help skin tightening. It is good for surface changes, but not as effective for deep wrinkles and scarring. With IPL you require a series of 4 to 6 treatments, but there is no downtime after treatment.

CO2 Laser is a “deep” laser, which can treat superficial and deep skin with  power and precision. The CO2 Laser is used to address deeper wrinkles, skin tightening and dyschromia (alteration of the skin colour). Only one treatment, under anaesthesia, is required, and there is downtime involved post treatment.  CO2 Laser can also be used in a “fractionated” fashion, with less power but faster healing.

Dr. Arianayagam will discuss the best choice for you at your initial consultation.

What can I expect in the consultation process?

During the initial consultation Dr. Arianayagam will carefully and thoroughly examine your face. He will also ask you a variety of questions about your current health situation, medications, allergies and any past medical treatments.

He will then discuss the options available and his recommendations.

You should feel free to frankly discuss your goals and expectations and ask plenty of questions.

What does the treatment involve?

IPL treatments are conducted at the Scarba Street Clinic.  Treatments take from 20 to 30 minutes and there is no downtime.  Multiple treatments are required to get the best results.

CO2 Laser full face resurfacing is done under general anaesthesia as a day surgical procedure at the Coffs Harbour Day Surgery and you will need dressings for 5 to 10 days.

What is recovery like?

After IPL treatment you should expect your skin to be red and there may also be some swelling. Some people experience stinging or itching, which subsides after 12-72 hours.

After CO2 Laser treatment, protective dressings are applied over the treated area.  These remain for 5 to 7 days and are changed as required.

What are the side effects of this treatment?

The main side effects are skin redness, mild, temporary swelling, an accentuating of brown spots and crusting. Very occasionally you may get a bruise or small superficial blister.

Dr. Arianayagam will review the more rare side effects with you at the time of your initial consultation.

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