Here in the Gold Coast, laser treatment is a popular cosmetic procedure. There are several different forms of laser treatments, and they are typically used to treat various skin conditions as well as for services such as laser hair removal.
Are you thinking about getting laser treatment? As with all cosmetic procedures, you should always consult a reputable, experienced and professional cosmetic practitioner to discuss your specific individual needs. But even before you make that phone call to book an appointment, here are five things that you need to know before jumping on the laser treatment bandwagon:
1. How does laser treatment work?
Laser treatment works by concentrating specific wavelengths of light onto the area that needs to be treated. Not only is this treatment method safe and effective, it has also delivered excellent results, which explains its growing popularity in the Gold Coast and around the world.
2. What can laser treatment do?
Because it is so versatile and can be tailored to specific target areas, laser treatment is widely used for the following:
- Skin rejuvenation
- Acne scarring
- Permanent hair reduction
- Sun damage
- Redness in the skin
- Broken capillaries
- Pigmentation problems in the skin
3. What is laser treatment like?
The first thing on your mind is probably: will it hurt? The good news is, laser treatments generally do not hurt. Many cosmetic clinics provide numbing gels or some other form of anaesthetic prior to treatments to ensure there is no discomfort, and patients have described the experience as being quite mild. Laser treatments are relatively quick as well, often lasting around 30-60 minutes.
4. What kind of recovery time should I expect with laser treatment?
Even though laser treatments generally only last between 30-60 minutes, there is some downtime involved. Depending on the type of laser treatment, these are relatively short, with many patients needing at most 12-24 hours of downtime, and some patients requiring no downtime at all.
For some patients, cool packs and paracetamol might come in handy, and you should always avoid sun exposure for a minimum of two weeks after laser treatment. Some skin flaking should be expected, which a good cosmetic clinic will be able to advise you on.
In fact, this is another reason you need to choose your cosmetic practitioner carefully – a high quality cosmetic clinic will always provide after care advice and assistance to make sure that you know what to do and that you are recovering nicely.
5. What questions should I ask prior to laser treatment?
You probably already have a few questions in mind for your consultation with your chosen cosmetic practitioner, but here is a handy list of 10 questions as well, just in case you’ve missed something out.
Even though laser treatment is generally very safe, you will want to make sure that you have covered all your bases, so that you can go into your treatment session with complete peace of mind.
- How many sessions of laser treatment will I need?
- What results can I realistically expect?
- Are there any possible side effects?
- Exactly how much will laser treatment cost me?
- Will there be any follow up treatments and how much do these cost?
- Can I pay in instalments?
- What if I change my mind after just one session?
- How long do I have to wait in between treatment sessions?
- What kind of qualifications and experience do you have in laser treatment?
- What can I do if I’m unhappy with the results?