Laser

The practice has a Candela Gentle Laser Alexandrite hair removal laser, which has a high success rate in removing dark hair on fair to medium skin tones. The alexandrite laser has a higher success rate than IPL (intense pulsed light) or Diode lasers in hair removal.  The laser light damages the root of the hair by targeting the pigment in it. Normally, depending on the area being treated, 6 to 8 treatments are adequate to prevent hair regrowth. Patients with hormonal problems may require further treatments. Unfortunately, there is no laser currently available which will treat blonde, white, grey or red hair. Hair removal treatments are done after the application of anaesthetic cream, if necessary. Hair removal laser both prevents and treats ingrown hairs, which can be triggered by waxing.

Our Diolite laser treats broken veins on the face, as long as they are not too deep or too large. Our therapist, Bianca, can assess whether veins are suitable for treatment. The Diolite shoots a beam of laser energy into the vein, which causes it to coagulate and disappear within a few weeks. No local anaesthetic is used, but the treatment can be slightly uncomfortable and a painkiller can be taken one hour before treatment. Downtime is minimal, with 1 or 2 days of redness or mild swelling over the treated area. Diolite also treats cherry angiomas (Campbell de Morgan spots) and can lighten pigmented spots.

Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 nm resurfacing laser treatments target both the superficial and deep layers of the skin. Treatments will improve skin texture from conditions such as pigmentation, sun damage, ageing and scarring (both surgical and acne related).  Facial and body skin can be treated.

Fraxel treatment targets damaged skin with microscopic columns of laser energy. The damaged skin dies off and is replaced by fresh new skin. The surrounding tissue is left untouched, which results in rapid healing. Fraxel stimulates skin to produce healthy new collagen and to replace abnormal pigmented cells with healthy ones.

Results are both immediate and progressive. Soon after treatment, your skin will look and feel smoother and more even-toned. Over the next 3 months, new collagen builds up in the deeper layers of the skin, improving texture and elasticity.

Fraxel laser is performed under strong local anaesthetic which is especially formulated for treatments. The cream is applied 45 minutes before the procedure. Patients who are doing Fraxel on their faces and are prone to fever blisters are prescribed a course of anti-viral tablets which are started 2 days before treatment.

Depending on the level of treatment, patients experience varying degrees of redness and swelling of the skin. This normally settles within a week of treatment at most. Skin will develop a bronzed look over the next week and will flake off, revealing fresher and smoother skin.

Desired outcomes are usually reached by multiple treatments. At the practice the number and level of treatments are tailored according to your desired results, your preferred downtime and your budget. Treatment can be performed every 4 to 6 weeks or even after these time periods.

For younger patients in their 30s and 40s, the Fraxel Facial is very popular. The level of treatment and the number of laser passes over the face are reduced, resulting in minimal redness and downtime. Treatments are less expensive than regular ones and are suggested monthly. New collagen is still produced and the treatments are a good investment for the skin.

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Dr Judith Budavari

Dr Judith Budavari, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg
Dr Judith Budavari, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg