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Woman receiving a Vbeam Prima laser treatment.

Laser therapy

Our laser therapy options at Macquarie Skin Clinic include CORE laser and Vbeam Prima, delivered by our expert team.

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CO2RE (the Core laser)

Woman receiving laser treatment with the CORE laser.

The CORE laser has both full and fractional ablative capabilities. It allows for numerous procedures, including lesion removal, scar management and laser rejuvenation for improvement of skin tone and texture by treating lines and wrinkles.

Lesion removal

Removal of benign lesions such a seborrheic keratoses (age/senile warts), papules, skin tags, solar/actinic keratoses/ precancerous change.

Acne scarring/surgical scars

Full or fractional ablative laser to aid in the improvement of scarring.

Skin rejuvenation

Fine lines/wrinkles/skin tightening causing improvement in overlying skin tone and texture.

  • Laser rejuvenation – a gentler version of laser treatment to improve texture, tone, pore size and general quality. This can vary from a light peel which works as a complexion refresher to more robust treatment to improve skin tone, texture and lines.
  • Facial resurfacing – extensive skin treatment to address significant laxity, lines, wrinkles and severe scars. Downtime may be 7–10 days.

Vbeam Prima

Woman receiving laser treatment with the Vbeam Prima.

The Vbeam Prima by Candela™ is the gold standard treatment for vascular conditions. The two wavelengths specifically target blood vessels in the skin, without damaging the surrounding tissue or epidermis. The 595 nm wavelength is useful for superficial vessels, with the 1064 nm wavelength targeting deeper structures.

The Prima is capable of treating rosacea, port wine stains, spider veins, angiomas, spider naevi, venous lakes, small leg veins, scar management and benign pigmented lesions.

Patients will usually experience a flick (like a rubber band) and a feeling of heat when treated with vascular lasers. The Vbeam Prima has a specially developed a cryogen-based Dynamic Cooling Device, (DCD) which is activated during treatment, making the laser much more comfortable than previous vascular lasers.

Most conditions require a series of treatments, spaced over a number of months.

Redness and swelling (usually mild–moderate) may last a few days following each procedure. For certain issues bruising can be expected. This would be discussed with you prior to going ahead with treatment.

Medicare is applicable in some situations.


The Vbeam is an integral part of treatment for rosacea. It is usually recommended alongside other medical therapies and skin care advice/products. During an initial consultation a patient is assessed, and the most appropriate treatment pathway is decided upon. If vascular laser is advised then a series of appointments will be necessary to achieve an improvement. Most patients will then require maintenance treatments over time. A Medicare rebate is applicable in some situations.

Acne scarring

Acne and the scars that result from it, can be distressing for patients. Vbeam Prima can help to decrease the vascular (red) component of scars. This should be used alongside medical management of acne to prevent more scars forming with time, or once active acne has resolved.

Portwine stains

Portwine stains (PWS) are permanent vascular birthmarks (capillary malformations) present from birth. They commonly occur on the face and grow as a child develops, becoming darker in adulthood. Some people are self conscious about a PWS on their face and seek laser treatment. We are able to treat adults with port wine stains, with downtime expected following each laser treatment due to bruising, swelling, discomfort and redness. It may not be possible to fully resolve or ‘disappear’ the PWS, but a reduction in colour and bulkiness is achievable in most cases. Medicare may be applicable in some cases.

Broken capillaries

The Vbeam Prima is capable of targeting superficial and deep blood vessels/broken capillaries on the face with both the 595 and 1064 wavelengths. It can also target spider naevi, angioma and venous lakes.

Leg veins

Small patches of leg veins, spider veins may be treatable with the Vbeam Prima. Extensive veins are best treatment by other methods.


Excessive skin pigmentation can occur for a number of reasons, including UV (sun) exposure, hormones and trauma. A diagnosis for the pigmentation is vital before choosing an appropriate treatment. Laser, medication, lightening creams and skin treatments (including chemical peels) can be used to address skin pigmentation. Benign pigmented spots can be treated with the Vbeam Prima.

Treating a lesion with laser should only ever occur once the lesion has been examined and confirmed to be benign. Make sure you see a doctor trained in skin cancer medicine prior to embarking on any laser treatment.

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Our laser therapy team

Dr Amy O’Brien General Practitioner BMedSci MBBS(Hons) FRACGP

Dr Amy O’Brien

Dr Amy O’Brien leads the aesthetics team at Macquarie Skin Clinic. She is an experienced injector, providing antiwrinkle, filler and double chin treatments. Amy also works with a number of lasers, managing both medical and aesthetic concerns. Patients can book directly with Amy for review and advice regarding their skin concerns. She also works closely with Sally and Mel to support their practices and provide advice as needed.

Sally Walters Aesthetic Nurse/Practice Nurse

Sally Walters, Practice Nurse

Sally is a Registered Nurse and an experienced cosmetic injector. Her expertise includes antiwrinkle injections and dermal fillers. She provides skin consultations and treats patients needing medical grade peels and laser. Sally assists the doctors with procedures and postoperative care. She brings a caring and cheerful nature to her work.

Melissa Stokes Dermal Therapist

Melissa Stokes, Dermal Therapist

Melissa comes from the aesthetic industry with over 20 years’ experience in skin care, laser treatments, microneedling and medical grade peels. She provides her patients with a wealth of knowledge to ensure patients have the best experience possible. Melissa delivers one-on-one consultations regarding our specialised skin care products and can also provide individualised treatment plans.