Latest laser technology introduced at Frenchay Hospital

Friday, 3 August 2012

The latest laser technology to treat portwine stain birthmarks and other vascular skin conditions is now available at Frenchay Hospital’s Laser Centre thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of Frenchay Hospital.

The new £50,000 laser, called Cynergy, is the only one of its kind in the area and incorporates two lasers in one - a pulse dye laser and an infrared laser.

This combination is particularly useful for treating thick, nodular birthmarks in adults.

Dr Kay Thomas, Associate Specialist at the Laser Centre, said: “We are looking forward to using the new laser to treat portwine stains more quickly and effectively. 

“We will also be using the laser for the treatment of acne. With its combination of laser lights the Cynergy should be able to target both the redness of the spots and the greasiness of the skin, making it an ideal laser for reducing acne spots and fading red marks left by acne.”

The Cynergy laser will also be useful for treating facial thread veins, rosacea, spider naevi, venous lakes on the lips and red scars.

Dr Thomas added: “We are incredibly grateful to the Friends of Frenchay Hospital for giving us the funds to purchase this machine.”

Patient Michael Maher, 24, from Lyneham in Wiltshire has been receiving treatment at the Laser Centre since 2010.

Michael was born with a birthmark across his forehead, eye area and nose. He says it affected his confidence growing up and he was bullied because of it. He was even refused entry to nightclubs because door staff thought the birthmark was bruising and he’d been fighting.

He started treatment on an older-style laser but for the last few sessions, he has been given the new laser. He said: “The difference between the lasers is quite noticeable. The older one was more painful and healing took a bit longer. Treatment on the new one is a bit quicker and healing is much faster – my skin doesn’t scab, it just goes red and then gets better.”

Since treatment, Michael says his birthmark has significantly faded and he has much more confidence. He added: “I don’t have a ‘Rudolf’ nose anymore.”

The Laser Centre at Frenchay Hospital treats both NHS and private patients.  A GP referral with NHS funding approval is required for NHS patients.  Patients willing to self-fund their treatment can ring the Laser Centre directly to make an appointment.