Browse our frequently asked questions for more information on our cosmetic treatment options.
What is the best treatment for me?
As you can see there are many different specialised procedures. At your consultation with our doctors, it is essential to discuss any treatments you have heard of and your goals in seeking treatment. This, in conjunction with your skin type and problem, is often one of the most important factors influencing the doctor’s recommendations for you. If your goals are unattainable we may help you to reset your expectations to more realistic goals.
Does laser cause cancer?
No. Lasers have been used to treat benign skin problem for over 30 years and to date there have been no reports of increased risk or incidence of skin cancers or other cancers.
Can lasers be used to treat skin cancers?
As a general rule, no. Because there is no tissue to send to pathology, thus there is no confirmation that the skin cancer has been fully removed by laser ablation.
Lasers can be used to remove sun induced skin lesions that may be precursors to cancer. If our doctors are uncertain about a skin lesion we will refer you to a dermatologist for a second opinion or skin biopsy before laser treatment.
How expensive are the laser and cosmetic treatments?
Only the assessing doctor will be able to give you a general price range, many factors require consideration to estimate treatment time and cost. Your doctor will take a detailed history of your condition, examine your skin and discuss your expectations.
How much will I get back from Medicare?
There is no Medicare rebate for cosmetic procedures such as wrinkle treatments, tattoo, hair, capillary removal treatments etc. Health insurance also does not pay back on cosmetic procedures. Our doctors will inform you if your procedure is cosmetic or not.
Some conditions, such as varicose veins, birthmarks and severe scarring are deemed by Medicare to be medical and may qualify for a Medicare rebate. Our doctors will assess and notify you of this. However, the Medicare rebate will in most cases cover only a small portion of treatment fees.
What about GST?
By law we are obligated to add GST to all cosmetic procedures, so a further 10% will be added to our fee. This will be clearly itemised on your printed invoice.
Will one laser treat all skin problems?
One type of laser will not be able to remove or achieve the best results for everything.
Laser is a machine that produces a certain wavelength of light with other particular properties that will allow us to target specific components in the skin. For example, the CO2 laser is mainly absorbed by water in the skin and is not selective enough to treat blood vessels, tattoos, hair etc. There are specific lasers designed to treat these other skin problems to achieve quicker, better results and reduce the risk of scarring.
A laser clinic wishing to treat a variety of skin problems will have several different lasers. At Áda we have 8 different dermatologic lasers that enable us to treat a vast variety of skin problems, as well as the latest IPL.
How experienced and qualified are the doctors at Áda?
Dr Muzikants and Dr Wild have been specialists in the area of laser, vein and cosmetic medicine since 1987. They have gained extensive experience by working with many different lasers and injectable cosmetic products, other specialists as well as attending workshops and conferences locally and overseas. They are founding members of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia and Fellows of the Faculty of Cosmetic Medicine in the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, as well as the International Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons and the Australasian College of Phlebology.
Are muscle relaxant injections poisonous?
Injections to treat wrinkles are made in a laboratory with specific Clostridium bacteria. It is a highly purified simple protein. When injected under the skin it has a very specific action. It binds to the muscle nerve endings to stop muscle contraction or wrinkling of the skin. This simple protein is readily metabolised by our body’s protein enzymes. Hence, it will not accumulate in our body. In fact, in 4-6 months the nerve endings will be functioning normally again. The term poison is overstating or sensationalising its action, as it would take over 3,000 units to induce a lethal dose. We use on average between 20-40 units. Any substance in high enough dose can be lethal even drinking excessive water.
If you have any further questions please call us on 02 9552 1442 or book a consultation.