Scars, warts and stretch marks

Scars, warts and stretch marks are words that carry a far greater psycholgical emphasis than the actual marks themselves. They are ugly in name as well as looks. Getting rid of them is easy, although in some cases a little patience is involved. Over the last 10 years laser surgery has advanced immeasurably in what it can achieve, and Auckland Dermatology’s V Beam technology is one of several we have worked with and by far the most effective. This FDA (USA) approved laser is so efficient and quick that discomfort from the treatment is minimal. Its new ultra-long pulse duration allows gentle heating and can avoid the temporary bruising seen with other lasers.

Raised or puffy scars that are often caused by surgery, trauma, acne or burns.

Small, benign growths in the skin that usually appear on the hands, feet or genitalia.

Stretch marks
Frequently appearing after pregnancy over the stomach, thighs, buttocks, breasts, shoulders and lower back. Stretch marks may also develop after major weight loss or in adolescence.

Possible side effects of the V Beam technology
The V Beam technology delivers an intense but gentle burst of laser light to the lesion. The laser light is specifically absorbed by the blood vessels of the lesion without affecting the surrounding tissue. The body then reabsorbs the blood vessels during the normal healing process, and the discolouration disappears. The V Beam laser also sprays a cool liquid onto the skin before each laser pulse, cooling the upper layers of the skin and providing patients with increased comfort. The degree of discomfort depends on each person. Topical anaesthetics can be administered for sensitive people. The V Beam laser is the least uncomfortable laser we have found. Some patients may experience temporary discoloration or reddening of the skin around the treatment area. Pigmentary changes in skin colour may be experienced by some patients, but the skin will typically return to normal over time. Post-treatment we recommended to all patients to avoid sun exposure and tanning, apply ice for discomfort and topical antibiotic cream if needed. We suggest you contact us if you have any post-treatment concerns.