Melbourne Skin and Laser Experts
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Our most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) may have all the right answers to any questions you may have. Want to learn more about us and our skin and laser treatments? Read our About Us section for more information or feel free to call us or send us a message if we haven’t already answered your questions.
A laser is a device that emits a beam of light with special physical properties. Each type of laser has a beam of a specific wavelength, that can target particular parts of the skin while passing safely through other cells. For example, the laser we use to treat pigmented lesions will pass through normal skin but be intensely absorbed by black or brown pigment, destroying melanin- overloaded areas such as age spots or freckles. When treating vascular lesions, the target chromophore is blood.
By varying the laser strength, wavelength and pulse duration, we can tailor your treatment specifically to your condition and your skin. Precision targeting means there is never any thermal damage (burning) to surrounding tissue. As such, laser treatment is very useful in skin treatments and unwanted hair removal, and a fast, safe and effective way to get the smooth, healthy skin you deserve.
The IPL we use to treat pigmented lesions will pass through normal skin but be intensely absorbed by black or brown pigment, destroying melanin- overloaded areas such as age spots or freckles. When treating vascular lesions, the target chromophore is blood.
O’Laze performs laser hair removal using VECTUS™, the latest hair removal technology from world-leading manufacturer Cynosure. VECTUS has the largest spot size of any laser technology worldwide, which means that we can remove unwanted hair from large areas in a very short time. For skin treatments, we use ICON™ laser technology. The ICON™ aesthetic system combines high peak powers with state-of-the-art cooling, which means that we can provide a comprehensive range of skin treatments quickly, with excellent outcomes and for all types of skin.
Photon Recycling™ and Smooth Pulse™ delivery allow for the most thorough coagulation (micro-injury) of the treatment area, which vastly reduces the need for multiple, overlapping passes. Usually, we can skin treat a full face in one pass in under 15 minutes. For hair removal, we can quickly treat unwanted hair in even the largest areas, such as the back, in under five minutes.
Because the laser destroys hair follicles only when they are in a growth cycle, more than one laser hair removal treatment is necessary to catch and destroy hair follicles that enter the growth cycle after the initial treatment. Generally, we recommend between six and eight treatments for effective hair reduction, depending on the location, type and density of hair.
Appearance of hair growth or stubble may continue for 7 to 30 days after treatment. This is not new hair growth, but treated hairs being expelled from the skin.
This varies depending on the nature and severity of your condition. We offer our clients a thorough consultation to assess your suitability for treatment and to answer any questions you may have.
Pain tolerance is individual, but most people have little or no discomfort. Our state-of-the-art technology includes sapphire treatment tips with Advanced Contact Cooling.™ This patented innovation protects the epidermis and keep clients comfortable throughout the treatment. Generally none of our laser treatments require the use of anaesthesia, numbing agents or gels, however, if minimal pain or discomfort is an issue, we offer a topical anaesthetic.
All of them. The advanced laser technology used by O’Laze features an integrated Skintel Melanin Reader™, a device that determines the average melanin density of skin prior to treatment. This revolutionary technology lets us optimise skin treatments to each client’s skin type, hair type and ethnicity. Note: you cannot receive treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you are epileptic, and if you are on roacutane.
Ideally, skin should be clean, free of lotion, make-up, perfume and sunscreen before treatment.
You may experience a mild sunburn-like sensation. This is normal and usually lasts between 2 and 24 hours after treatment, but can persist up to 72 hours. Highly targeted vascular lesion, pigmented lesion and fractional ablation treatments, and laser hair removal may cause minor crusting or minor peeling of the surface layers of the skin. You can treat mild swelling, itching and redness at home with an aloe vera cooling agent or a cold compress. An oral, over the counter anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen such as Nurofen) or an analgesic (acetaminophen such as Panadol) may be taken to reduce discomfort. Use such medicine according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
Until the brief period of redness has resolved, it is recommended to avoid the following:
- Applying cosmetics to treated areas
- Hot tubs, Jacuzzis, saunas
- Hot showers – use tepid water
- Activities that raise core body temperature or cause excessive perspiration
- Sun exposure or tanning to treated areas. Apply a SPF 45 or greater sunscreen to prevent skin colour changes
- Scrubbing or exfoliating the treated area
- Pulling or scratching at any darkened lesions as scarring may occur.
- The experienced staff at O’Laze will work with you to design a during and post-treatment care plan that will optimise your results.