Laser technology has been one of the greatest breakthroughs in cosmetic care in recent years, but like all advancements of this nature, your choice of laser and therapist is essential to an optimum outcome. Mary-Ellen Beattie at Advanced Aesthetics is one of the most respected and sought-after laser experts in this field. A registered nurse with a wealth of experience and technical knowledge, Mary-Ellen explains that at Advanced Aesthetics, she uses a number of different lasers to treat a broad range of skin conditions, and desired patient outcomes.
Who is it best for? Useful for treating wrinkles around the eyes, lips, cheeks and forehead; freckles, blemishes, uneven skin and liver spots; sun-damaged and aged skin; acne pitting and chicken pox scars; benign raised lesions; sagging eyelids; scars and stretch marks.
What can you expect? This procedure is done in the hospital under anaesthesia and requires a consultation with the surgeon. There is a 10-14 day downtime. Improvements continue for up to six months after treatment.
How much does it cost? Approximate cost is $4000 for a full face. Smaller areas and spot treatments are available.
Broadband Light Technology (BBL): Forever Young
Who is it best for? For those wanting to restore their skin to its natural beauty and address fine lines and wrinkles, rosacea redness and flushing, solar lentigines, age spots, pigmentation, port wine stains and birthmarks. Popular areas to treat include the face, neck, arms and décolletage.
What can you expect? The treatment is gentle, non-invasive and safe, with minimal discomfort and downtime. Usually takes two to five treatments at two to four weekly intervals.
How much does it cost? $250 per facial treatment.
Who is it best for? The laser facial improves large pores, acne scarring, pigmentation, and delivers a luminosity and youthful glow to your skin . Perfect before a special occasion there is no downtime or discomfort.
What can you expect? Combining a medical grade microdermabrasion with photo-revelation (ND Yag 1064) offering a comfortable rejuvenating laser treatment. Typically you will need four to six treatments at four weekly intervals.
How much does it cost? $90 micro, $150 laser.
Micro Laser Peel
Who is it best for? For those looking for smoother, healthier more vibrant skin with a significant immediate change in skin texture and tightness. The weekend skin peel treats skin conditions associated with ageing and an active lifestyle.
What can you expect? The micro laser peel is a partial to full epidermal peel and is performed with topical anaesthesia. Typically you will need two to four treatments, six to eight weeks apart. Healing takes three to four days. Symptoms immediately resemble sunburn, and can be easily covered by make up on the fourth day.
How much does it cost? $1500 per facial treatment.
Who is it best for? For those seeking dramatic improvement in winkles scars, tone and texture. Profractional stimulates the production of new collagen, plumping up the skin and smoothing out wrinkles, lines, scars and other tissue irregularities.
What can you expect? Typically you will receive one to four treatments, six weeks apart. Results may be evident initially however ongoing stimulation of collagen means that there is continued improvement three to six months after a treatment.
How much does it cost? Prices vary depending on patient needs. A consultation with the surgeon is required to determine if this treatment is right for you.
Who is it best for? For those who desire a moderate noticeable skin improvement without surgery. The procedure utilises light energy delivered in a sequence of rapid gentle pulses to deeply heat dermal collagen. This process promotes denaturation and contraction of collagen. The heat also initiates the body’s natural healing process, which creates increased skin firmness.
What can you expect? Results take up to four months as the collagen foundation of the skin is rebuilt and strengthened. Typically three to four treatments are needed at four weekly intervals. There is no downtime and minimal discomfort.
How much does it cost? $400 per facial treatment.
Who is it best for? This combines the BBL photo-rejuvenation and Skin Tyte treatments, so it is appropriate for those seeker firmer skin with reduced wrinkles and redness. What can you expect? Typically this will require three to four treatments at four weekly intervals.
How much does it cost? $500 per facial treatment.
Who is it best for? Different skin types (lighter skin, darker skin, sensitive skin etc) require different machines. Advances Aesthetics uses BBL and ND Yag 1064 laser machines for hair removal. Mary-Ellen can advise you on which machine will achieve your desired hair removal results most effectively.
What can you expect? No matter which machine you use, you can expect to need between six and ten treatments at four to six weekly intervals. How much does it cost? Prices vary depending on the individual.
Who is it best for? The Emerge can improve challenging scars, deep wrinkles and improve the tone and texture in many skin types and areas.
What can you expect? A topical anaesthetic can be used however many people tolerate the treatment without. There is minimal downtime. Typically you will need three to four treatments at three to four weekly intervals.
How much does it cost? $350.
What is it best for? Treating broken capillaries, ruby points, blotches, skintags, milia and cholesterol deposits.
What can you expect? This is a non-invasive treatment with mild discomfort.
How much does it cost? Prices vary dependent on patient needs.
Picosure Tattoo Removal
Who is it best for? Those looking for the most effective tattoo removal. Picosure results in fewer treatments without injuring the surrounding skin, better clearance and improved recovery time.
What can you expect? Tattoos vary in colour, density, size, skin types, ink types and location. Blacks, blues and greens are typically treated in one to six treatments and reds, yellows and whites in six to ten treatments.
How much does it cost? $330 per 10x10cm.
As published in Slim Magazine Winter 2014